Radio Archive by Tag

Jobs/Employment

  • Phone Home.

    520: No Place Like Home 03.14.2014

    Seth Freed Wessler reports on people going the opposite direction over the US/Mexico border. ...ImmigrationJobs/Employment

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  • Boston, Logan Airport; Chicago, IL; Springfield, OR.

    481: This Week 12.07.2012

    We hear from the people in the land of the non-working: Fred Beaton on his last shift driving a ...Jobs/Employment

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  • Beautiful Downtown Wasteland.

    467: Americans in China 06.22.2012

    There are so few farmers in the United States that in 1993, the census stopped counting the ...DevelopmentJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    456: Reap What You Sow 01.27.2012

    Ira plays tape of a man whose job is plowing snow. He'll plow your driveway for money...or, if ...Jobs/EmploymentNeighbors/Neighborhoods

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  • Chinese Checkmate.

    448: Adventure! 10.07.2011

    Some adventures you seek out on purpose, and others hunt you down. Producer Alex Blumberg tells ...CrimeCriminal JusticeJobs/Employment

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  • Yerrrrr Out!

    446: Living Without (2011) 09.16.2011

    Ira with former baseball player Bobby Morris, on leaving baseball. (7 minutes)Jobs/EmploymentSports

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  • In the Garden of the Unknown Unknowns.

    445: Ten Years In 09.09.2011

    Marian Fontana, whose husband was a firefighter who died on 9/11, originally appeared on our ...9/11DeathFunny

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  • Prologue.

    443: Amusement Park 08.12.2011

    Host Ira Glass walks through a Kansas City Missouri amusement park called Worlds of Fun with ...Jobs/EmploymentTeenagers

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  • Gameboy Grows Up.

    443: Amusement Park 08.12.2011

    Ira continues with Cole Lindbergh and the hundred teenagers who work for him in the games ...BusinessJobs/Employment

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  • What I Didn't Do on My Summer Vacation.

    443: Amusement Park 08.12.2011

    Jonathan Goldstein returns to Wildwood, New Jersey, where he spent one not-fateful summer when ...Jobs/EmploymentRomanceTeenagers

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  • Lifers.

    442: Thugs 07.29.2011

    Reporter Laura Beil tells the story of a kid named Kenneth Williams and an adult named Ton'Nea ...ChildrenCrimeCriminal Justice

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  • Prologue.

    440: Game Changer 07.08.2011

    Host Ira Glass tells the stories of two professors, each making a calculation that no one had ...EducationEnvironmentJobs/Employment

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  • Messing with the Bull.

    437: Old Boys Network 06.03.2011

    In a small west Texas town called Kermit, two nurses were accused of harassment after they ...Criminal JusticeHealth Care/MedicineJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    435: How To Create a Job 05.13.2011

    Host Ira Glass talks to Governor Jay Nixon of Missouri on a press conference he held to announce ...Jobs/EmploymentPolitics

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  • Can the Government Move My Cheese?

    435: How To Create a Job 05.13.2011

    Chana Joffe-Walt visits a governor who first became famous for promising his state he'd create ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentPolitics

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  • This Story Might Be Recorded for Training and Quality Assurance.

    435: How To Create a Job 05.13.2011

    In this terrible economy, we wanted to hear the sound of someone actually getting a job, and ...BusinessJobs/Employment

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  • Job Fairies.

    435: How To Create a Job 05.13.2011

    For a look at the nuts and bolts of government job creation, This American Life Senior Producer ...EconomicsGovernmentJobs/Employment

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  • Be Cool, Stay in School.

    435: How To Create a Job 05.13.2011

    Unemployment is 9 percent, but it's worst among high school dropouts and people with only a ...EducationJobs/Employment

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  • Saturday to Wednesday: CA, NY, WI, ME.

    434: This Week 05.06.2011

    Ira tells what happened this week to Shirley Everett-Dicko in Oakland on Sunday, to Gabe and ...HousingJobs/EmploymentParents

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  • I Worked at the Kennedy Center and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt.

    431: See No Evil 04.01.2011

    In the 1970s, Dave Kestenbaum's cousin Dan Weiss got promoted from stocker to gift shop manager ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentPresidents

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  • Act Two.

    429: Will They Know Me Back Home? 03.11.2011

    Last summer when Nancy Updike was reporting in Iraq, Sarah, an Iraqi woman in her 40s, was her ...IraqJobs/EmploymentMilitary

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  • Make 'em Laff.

    426: Tough Room 2011 02.04.2011

    Host Ira Glass spends time in perhaps the toughest room on earth, the editorial meeting at the ...FunnyJobs/EmploymentJournalism

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  • Last Man Stand-Up.

    421: Last Man Standing 12.03.2010

    Producer Sarah Koenig tells the story of Duke Fightmaster, who refused to give up his simple ...Jobs/EmploymentTelevision

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  • Prologue.

    420: Neighborhood Watch 11.19.2010

    Host Ira Glass Host talks to Paul Gereffi, a letter carrier in Ft. Lauderdale who helped save ...CrimeJobs/EmploymentPolice

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  • Act One.

    419: Petty Tyrant 11.12.2010

    Producer Sarah Koenig tells Raucci's story—the story of a virtuoso tyrant and bully, a man ...CrimeJobs/Employment

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  • Act Two.

    419: Petty Tyrant 11.12.2010

    Sarah Koenig's story continues. This is the 'fall' half of the rise and fall of Steve ...CrimeJobs/Employment

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  • Wall Street: Money Never Weeps.

    415: Crybabies 09.24.2010

    Ira with Planet Money economics correspondent Adam Davidson on why—even after everything ...EconomicsJobs/EmploymentPresidents

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  • Is That a Tape Recorder in Your Pocket, or Are You Just Unhappy to See Me?

    414: Right to Remain Silent 09.10.2010

    For 17 months, New York police officer Adrian Schoolcraft recorded himself and his fellow ...Criminal JusticeJobs/EmploymentPolice

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  • Confession.

    404: Enemy Camp 2010 04.02.2010

    Patrick Wall was a special kind of monk. He was a fixer. The Catholic church sent him to problem ...CrimeJobs/EmploymentReligion

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  • Act One.

    403: NUMMI 03.26.2010

    The rise of NUMMI, or how one of the worst auto plants in America started producing some of its ...AutomobilesBusinessJobs/Employment

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  • Act Two.

    403: NUMMI 03.26.2010

    Why did it take so many years for GM to begin implementing the lessons of NUMMI across the ...AutomobilesBusinessJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    395: Middle of the Night 11.27.2009

    Host Ira Glass remembers one of his favorite jobs, as a temp typist working at night in New York ...AutomobilesJobs/EmploymentTeenagers

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  • Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?

    395: Middle of the Night 11.27.2009

    Adam Davidson and Chana Joffe-Walt from Planet Money head to the Hunts Point Market in the ...Jobs/EmploymentRetail/Commerce

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  • Let's Take Your Medical History.

    392: Someone Else's Money 10.16.2009

    Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson recount how four accidental steps led to enacting the very ...Health Care/MedicineJobs/Employment

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  • Spring 2008.

    390: Return To The Giant Pool of Money 09.25.2009

    We replay sections from the original "Giant Pool of Money," in which This American Life producer ...EconomicsHousingJobs/Employment

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  • Fall 2009.

    390: Return To The Giant Pool of Money 09.25.2009

    We catch back up with the people we met in 2008, to see how they've fared over the last 18 ...BusinessEconomicsHousing

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  • Act One.

    388: Rest Stop 09.04.2009

    Host Ira Glass describes scenes from a rest stop on the New York State Thruway, the Plattekill ...Jobs/EmploymentTravel

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  • Act Two.

    388: Rest Stop 09.04.2009

    More stories of travelers and workers at highway rest stop. The competition between Plattekill ...Jobs/EmploymentTravel

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  • Underling Gets An Underling.

    385: Pro Se 07.10.2009

    Stef Willen tells Ira about a time that she took matters into her own hands, even though she was ...Film/Film MakingJobs/EmploymentTelevision

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  • Scrambled Nest Egg.

    378: This I Used to Believe 04.17.2009

    One day in January Alex French got a call from his mom, saying that she'd been laid off. A few ...Jobs/Employment

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  • Unbreaking The Bank.

    377: Scenes From a Recession 03.27.2009

    NPR reporter and Planet Money contributor Chana Jaffe-Walt reports this story of what it really ...BusinessEconomicsJobs/Employment

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  • Short-circuit City

    377: Scenes From a Recession 03.27.2009

    We hear 5 employees of different Circuit City store locations read their accounts of what it was ...Jobs/EmploymentRetail/Commerce

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  • Hey Mister Dj.

    376: Wrong Side of History 03.13.2009

    For NPR's Adam Davidson, dropping out of college is the worst thing any young person can do in ...EconomicsEducationJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    373: The New Boss 01.30.2009

    Dave Hill tells us about his job at a homeless shelter in New York. He liked the job—even the ...HomelessnessJobs/Employment

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  • New Guy on the Job.

    373: The New Boss 01.30.2009

    Dave Hill continues his story. When he talked to a co-worker the morning after his first shift ...DrugsHomelessnessJobs/Employment

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  • A Trust Without Trust.

    373: The New Boss 01.30.2009

    An accountant, Bruce Wisan, is hired by the state of Utah to clean up a very complicated mess in ...DevelopmentJobs/EmploymentReligion

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  • Love Line.

    371: Scenes From a Mall 12.26.2008

    We meet Russell, 19, the best mobile phone salesman in the mall — and possibly anywhere. ...Jobs/EmploymentRetail/CommerceRomance

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  • Not Dead Yet.

    371: Scenes From a Mall 12.26.2008

    Yes, some stores are going out of business in the Cool Springs Galleria, but it's just two ...Jobs/EmploymentRetail/Commerce

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  • Santa Fight Club.

    371: Scenes From a Mall 12.26.2008

    A tale of two Santas. There's Tim Conaghan, a full-time professional Santa with a big belly and ...Jobs/EmploymentRetail/Commerce

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  • Job: Security.

    371: Scenes From a Mall 12.26.2008

    In a part of the mall no shoppers ever see, there's a snug, dark little room with 43 TV screens, ...Jobs/EmploymentRetail/Commerce

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  • Prologue.

    370: Ruining It for the Rest of Us 12.19.2008

    A bad apple, at least at work, can spoil the whole barrel. And there's research to prove it. ...Jobs/EmploymentScience

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  • Prologue.

    350: Human Resources 02.29.2008

    Host Ira Glass talks with a veteran Human Resources administrator about what it's like to fire ...Jobs/Employment

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  • Rubber Room.

    350: Human Resources 02.29.2008

    We hear from New York City school teachers about a secret room in the New York City Board of ...EducationJobs/Employment

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  • Make 'em Laff.

    348: Tough Room 02.08.2008

    Host Ira Glass spends time in perhaps the toughest room on earth, the editorial meeting at the ...FunnyJobs/EmploymentWriting

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  • Prologue.

    344: The Competition 11.30.2007

    Host Ira Glass talks to reporter John Bowe about the story of John Nash Pickle, who ran a ...ImmigrationJobs/Employment

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  • Cowboys And Indians.

    344: The Competition 11.30.2007

    We continue the story of John Pickle. He hires skilled, experienced welders in India and brings ...ImmigrationJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    329: Nice Work If You Can Get It 04.06.2007

    Host Ira Glass talks with some real-live NASA astronauts: Cady Coleman, Chris Cassidy, and ...Jobs/Employment

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  • I'm Not A Tv Star, But I Play One On Tv.

    329: Nice Work If You Can Get It 04.06.2007

    This American Life contributor John Hodgman was unexpectedly chosen to be in a series of ...Jobs/EmploymentLive PerformanceTelevision

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  • Show Me The Annuity.

    329: Nice Work If You Can Get It 04.06.2007

    This American Life producer Alex Blumberg talks with Ed Ugel, who had a very unusual dream job: ...GamblingJobs/EmploymentPersonal Finance

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  • Prologue.

    324: My Brilliant Plan 01.26.2007

    Host Ira Glass talks to an expert stone cutter who makes headstones. One day he got a call from ...DeathFamilyJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    323: The Super 01.05.2007

    Host Ira Glass visits an Upper East Side building in Manhattan where Peter Roach has been the ...FunnyHousingJobs/Employment

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  • Please Re-lease Me.

    323: The Super 01.05.2007

    A man we're calling "Dennis" inherits his father's job as a landlord of a big apartment ...BusinessFathersHousing

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  • Prologue.

    321: Sink or Swim 12.01.2006

    Host Ira Glass talks to Scott Shrake, who got hired for a job he was utterly unqualified for ...EducationJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    298: Getting and Spending 09.23.2005

    Marti Noxon used to work for a company that did "product placement" for the movie industry. When ...EconomicsFilm/Film MakingJobs/Employment

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  • Sucker Mc-squared.

    293: A Little Bit of Knowledge 07.22.2005

    Bob Berenz had a good job as an electrician. But he wanted to do something bigger. He came up ...Jobs/EmploymentScience

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  • Prologue.

    289: Go Ask Your Father 05.13.2005

    When Aric Knuth was a little kid, his dad would leave for six months at a time. He was a ...ChildhoodFathersJobs/Employment

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  • Working Class Hero Sandwich.

    287: Backed Into A Corner 04.15.2005

    Dawna Lentz was a new employee at Quiznos sub shop in Seattle when the franchise owners just ...Food/Drinks/CookingJobs/EmploymentRetail/Commerce

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  • Don't Drive Like My Brother.

    287: Backed Into A Corner 04.15.2005

    Charles Johnson was living in St. Louis, married with a young daughter, and he had no job. He ...Jobs/EmploymentTravel

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  • Confessions Of A Not-so-dangerous Mind.

    287: Backed Into A Corner 04.15.2005

    How NOT to get a job in U.S. intelligence: Admit to being a pervert during your job interview. ...GovernmentJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    284: Should I Stay or Should I Go? 03.11.2005

    Host Ira Glass talks to Bobby Morris about his decision to quit baseball's minor leagues after ...Jobs/EmploymentSports

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  • Not Far From The Tree.

    284: Should I Stay or Should I Go? 03.11.2005

    Amy O'Leary tells the story of a software writer at Apple Computer whose job contract ends, but ...Jobs/Employment

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  • Not Your Father's Chevrolet Salesman.

    279: Auto Show 12.10.2004

    This American Life producer Sarah Koenig checks out competing sales techniques at a Chevy ...AutomobilesJobs/EmploymentRetail/Commerce

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  • Prologue.

    278: Spies Like Us 11.19.2004

    Host Ira Glass talks to This American Life contributing editor Jack Hitt about the time he ...Jobs/EmploymentJournalism

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  • Mystery Shoppers.

    278: Spies Like Us 11.19.2004

    They are ordinary people who go undercover in coffee shops and chain stores, spying for The ...Jobs/EmploymentRetail/Commerce

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  • Stop Bugging Me.

    278: Spies Like Us 11.19.2004

    What do you do when you think your apartment is being bugged? You call the apartment de-buggers. ...Jobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    275: Two Steps Back 10.15.2004

    When Ira heard that Cathy La Luz, the best public school teacher he'd met during all his years ...EducationJobs/Employment

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  • 2004.

    275: Two Steps Back 10.15.2004

    We continue with the story of Irving Elementary, and hear what's happened to make Cathy La Luz ...EducationJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    267: Propriety 06.11.2004

    It seems apples for the teacher is a bygone tradition. Host Ira Glass talks to Mindy, a ...EducationFunnyHolidays

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  • Prologue.

    266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help 06.04.2004

    This American Life host Ira Glass talks about one thing you probably haven't heard about the ...BusinessIraqJobs/Employment

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  • Hank.

    266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help 06.04.2004

    A former military man, Hank was hired by Custer Battles to clean up one of its other Iraq ...BusinessIraqJobs/Employment

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  • Karen.

    266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help 06.04.2004

    Karen Hahn, who works for Custer Battles at the airport, started out there screening women ...BusinessIraqJobs/Employment

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  • Cops.

    266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help 06.04.2004

    Hundred of Iraqi police officers have been killed since the United States invaded Iraq. One ...IraqJobs/EmploymentPolice

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  • Hank Redux.

    266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help 06.04.2004

    Nancy finally gets Hank, the Custer Battles employee, to answer the question of whether he ever ...BusinessIraqJobs/Employment

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  • Oh, Mr. San Man.

    249: Garbage 10.31.2003

    The people who pick up our trash don't call themselves garbagemen. They're san men ("san" being ...CityJobs/Employment

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  • Translating For The Very, Very, Very, Very Tall.

    238: Lost in Translation 05.30.2003

    The story of a not-very-tall, not-very-athletic man—Colin Pine—who becomes a minor celebrity in ...Jobs/EmploymentSports

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  • Puppy Love.

    233: Starting from Scratch 03.07.2003

    Molly FitzSimons tells the story of her father starting over. After 25 years in the same zip ...Jobs/EmploymentTelevision

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  • Making Money The Old Fashioned Way.

    233: Starting from Scratch 03.07.2003

    Mary Beth Kirchner documents one day in the life of a hustler named Joe, who wakes up every ...AddictionJobs/EmploymentRetail/Commerce

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  • The Rundown.

    231: Time to Save the World 02.07.2003

    The story of one girl's mission to bring people together everywhere by eliminating small talk ...Jobs/EmploymentLive Performance

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  • Prologue.

    224: Middlemen 10.25.2002

    Host Ira Glass talks with Chris, who worked for a company that helped deaf people talk over the ...FamilyJobs/Employment

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  • Stuck Inside Of Memphis.

    224: Middlemen 10.25.2002

    Sal Princiatta is a New York fireman whose unit lost a lot of men on September 11th. Beth Landau ...9/11Jobs/EmploymentTravel

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  • Help Wanted.

    223: Classifieds 10.11.2002

    An audio diary of two people using the classified ads to find jobs. Produced by Joe Richman, the ...Jobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    208: Office Politics 03.15.2002

    We hear three stories of how conflicts are resolved in offices. Two of those stories come from ...BusinessJobs/Employment

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  • Sheetcakes In The Conference Room, Whiskey After Dark.

    208: Office Politics 03.15.2002

    David Rakoff discusses the world of birthdays and other holidays, as they're celebrated on the ...HolidaysJobs/EmploymentLive Performance

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  • Kidnapping As Plan B.

    205: Plan B 02.01.2002

    Ira talks with Barry Keenan, who was living a lot of people's Plan A in the early 1960s. He was ...CrimeJobs/Employment

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  • A Fate Most Of Us Fear.

    205: Plan B 02.01.2002

    Jonathan Goldstein took a telemarketing job as a kind of temporary Plan B...never suspecting ...Jobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    192: Meet the Pros 08.31.2001

    Host Ira Glass talks with Stephen Goldin, author of an online guide that prescribes 23 rules for ...Jobs/Employment

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  • Know When To Walk Away, Know When To Run.

    192: Meet the Pros 08.31.2001

    Ira travels to Las Vegas for the World Series of Poker, gets hooked, and tries to figure out ...GamblingJobs/Employment

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  • Martha, My Dear.

    192: Meet the Pros 08.31.2001

    Contributor David Rakoff visits his dream job: In the crafts department at Martha Stewart Living ...Jobs/Employment

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  • It's Not The Heat, It's The Humility.

    191: I Know What You Did This Summer 08.17.2001

    Jonathan Goldstein heads into an environment that's so hot that they people there believe that ...Jobs/Employment

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  • Agent To The Stars.

    190: Living the Dream 08.03.2001

    Writer John Hodgman in New York tells the story of how he dreamt of getting to know the B-movie ...Film/Film MakingJobs/EmploymentWriting

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  • Legend Of A Bankrobber's Son.

    187: Father's Day '01 06.15.2001

    Nick Flynn tells the story of his father, who was never on a pedestal. His father abandoned the ...CrimeFathersHomelessness

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  • Prologue.

    182: Cringe 04.13.2001

    Host Ira Glass talks to two different people who have stories they just can't get over...stories ...ChildrenFunnyJobs/Employment

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  • M*a*s*h Notes.

    182: Cringe 04.13.2001

    Ira reports on a week he spent on the set of the TV show M*A*S*H in 1979, supposedly to do a ...Jobs/EmploymentJournalismTelevision

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  • Ariel Sharon, Shimon Peres, David Ben-Gurion, and Me.

    182: Cringe 04.13.2001

    Adam Davidson reads from his high school diaries.Jobs/EmploymentJournalismTelevision

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  • The Test.

    181: The Friendly Man 04.06.2001

    At a fairly bleak time in his life, Scott took a job driving all over the state of Utah, ...Jobs/EmploymentMental Health

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  • The Friendly Man.

    181: The Friendly Man 04.06.2001

    It's another not-so-great period in Scott's life. This time he takes a job inside his ...AutomobilesJobs/EmploymentJournalism

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  • Punk In A Grey Flannel Suit.

    180: Return to Childhood 03.23.2001

    A mortgage broker named David Philp discovers that his old punk band from the 1970s is hot in ...BusinessChildhoodJobs/Employment

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  • Ich... Bin... Ein... Mophead.

    180: Return to Childhood 03.23.2001

    Producer Alex Blumberg sets out to find a woman named Susan Jordan, who babysat him and his ...ChildhoodJobs/Employmentsiblings

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  • Wonder Woman.

    178: Superpowers 02.23.2001

    Kelly McEvers with the story of Zora, a self-made superhero. From the time she was five, Zora ...GovernmentHeroismJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    177: American Limbo 02.09.2001

    Ira talks with Lee Qi, who came to America from China. He worked in Chinese restaurants in small ...CityFood/Drinks/CookingImmigration

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  • Prologue.

    175: Babysitting 01.05.2001

    We listen in on a ritual that happens in millions of families every week: kids getting dropped ...ChildrenFilm/Film MakingFunny

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  • Self-deception.

    173: Three Kinds of Deception 12.15.2000

    Producer Alex Blumberg tells the story of an ex-con-turned-actor named Richie Castellano. After ...BusinessEconomicsFilm/Film Making

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  • Deceiving Others.

    173: Three Kinds of Deception 12.15.2000

    Lawrence Otis Graham reads from an account of how he left his job as a $105,000-a-year Manhattan ...Jobs/EmploymentRace

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  • Day.

    172: 24 Hours at the Golden Apple 11.17.2000

    In this act we hear several stories that happened during the daylight hours of the diner's ...FamilyFood/Drinks/CookingFriendship

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  • Night.

    172: 24 Hours at the Golden Apple 11.17.2000

    In this act we hear from the rowdier, drunker late-night patrons of the Golden Apple. A guy ...AlcoholFood/Drinks/CookingFriendship

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  • Act One: Where Goes The Neighborhood.

    170: Immigration 10.13.2000

    Producer Blue Chevigny tells more of the story from Bristol County, where the immigration law of ...CrimeCriminal JusticeImmigration

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  • Man Without A Country.

    170: Immigration 10.13.2000

    What happens if the immigration service wants to deport you, but the country you came from won't ...Criminal JusticeFriendshipImmigration

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  • How To Be Happy, One Man's Guide.

    169: Pursuit of Happiness 09.29.2000

    Finding happiness is serious business. At least, for most us, it requires an act of will. Nancy ...ChildrenJobs/EmploymentSports

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  • The Artist Formerly Known As Dr. Sarkin.

    166: Nobody's Family Is Going to Change 08.11.2000

    What happens when you want your dad to change—and he wants to change, too—but there's literally ...ArtChildrenFamily

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  • How Do We Know?

    164: Crime Scene 07.07.2000

    Forensic Criminologist Enrico Togneri in Nevada explains exactly what can be learned from ...CrimeJobs/Employment

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  • Grime Scene.

    164: Crime Scene 07.07.2000

    Reporter Nancy Updike spends two days with Neal Smither, who cleans up crime scenes for a ...CrimeJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    163: Can You Fight City Hall…If You Are City Hall? 06.30.2000

    Monica Childs joined the Detroit police force because she hated cops, and wanted to change the ...Jobs/EmploymentPolice

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  • Take That, Copper.

    163: Can You Fight City Hall…If You Are City Hall? 06.30.2000

    Monica Childs's story continues. She tells the story of how she was asked by her boss to do ...CrimeJobs/EmploymentLegal System

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  • Money Versus Man.

    163: Can You Fight City Hall…If You Are City Hall? 06.30.2000

    A small-town mayor tries to keep a developer from building in his town...and it results in the ...BusinessGovernmentHousing

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  • Prologue.

    162: Moving 06.23.2000

    Ben Schrank describes what it's like to work as a professional mover. He says that people often ...HousingJobs/Employment

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  • To A De-luxe Apartment In The Sky.

    162: Moving 06.23.2000

    Producer Blue Chevigny used to have a job that was all about Moving Day—and people who didn't ...HomelessnessHousingJobs/Employment

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  • Bubble One. The Number 66 Bus.

    161: Million Bubbles 06.02.2000

    Linnel Peterson drives the Number 66 bus in Chicago, on Chicago Avenue. She grew up just blocks ...AutomobilesJobs/Employment

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  • Three More Bubbles.

    161: Million Bubbles 06.02.2000

    An '88 Grand Marquis that Senator Conrad Burns inherited from his mother; a New York taxicab ...AutomobilesJobs/Employment

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  • Who You Gonna Call?

    160: Character Assassination 05.19.2000

    There is an entire class of consultant who does nothing but help people and companies that are ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentJournalism

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  • Why Aren't You At Work?

    157: Secret Life of Daytime 04.14.2000

    All those people you see in the middle of the workday, in coffee shops and bookstores? Who are ...CityJobs/Employment

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  • In A World Full Of Soybeans, The Men Turn To Love.

    157: Secret Life of Daytime 04.14.2000

    At one grain elevator on the outskirts of Lincoln, Nebraska, during the slow months, the five ...Jobs/EmploymentTelevision

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  • Invisible Man.

    157: Secret Life of Daytime 04.14.2000

    A postman explains how it is that he can be so much a part of the scenery that people commit ...CrimeJobs/Employment

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  • $82.50 A Day.

    157: Secret Life of Daytime 04.14.2000

    Writer Mona Simpson reads from her forthcoming novel My Hollywood. This excerpt is about the ...ChildrenFictionJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    153: Dolls 03.03.2000

    Host Ira Glass talks about the human urge to turn something inanimate into something that's ...Jobs/Employment

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  • The Boy Who Would Be A Helicopter.

    153: Dolls 03.03.2000

    Kindergarten teacher and "Genius Grant" recipient Vivian Paley is the author of many books about ...ChildrenEducationJobs/Employment

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  • Angry Young Man, Times Two.

    150: Kids As Adults 01.21.2000

    This is the story of two people—one in his late teens, one in his late fifties. Both have good ...CrimeCriminal JusticeFamily

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  • Waiting For The End Of The World.

    146: Urban Nature 12.10.1999

    We end our show with a story of city life and the natural world co-existing peacefully. Iggy ...CityEnvironmentJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    140: Family Business 09.24.1999

    Host Ira Glass with Rory Evans, who describes the day her father fired his own mother from their ...BusinessFamilyFathers

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  • What's A Grecian Urn?

    140: Family Business 09.24.1999

    David Rakoff takes us inside the world of a Greek family-owned ice cream parlour, and what he ...BusinessDrugsFamily

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  • Act One.

    137: The Book That Changed Your Life 08.20.1999

    More of Alexa Junge and how Moss Hart's autobiography changed her life. She followed his path, ...ArtEducationJobs/Employment

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  • Snatch The Pebble From My Hand, Grasshopper, And Then You Can Leave.

    136: You Are Here 08.06.1999

    Nicole Graev, an assistant to the editor at a publishing house, needs to know if her job as an ...Jobs/EmploymentLiterature

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  • Your Good Girl's Gonna Go Bad.

    135: Allure of Crime 07.23.1999

    When she was 21, Julia Sweeney got a job as a bartender's assistant and stole between ten and ...CrimeJobs/EmploymentReligion

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  • Who's The Man?

    133: Sales 06.25.1999

    Becoming a salesman can make you more confident and happy, make you ignore it when someone tells ...BusinessJobs/Employment

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  • How To Become An American.

    128: Four Corners 04.30.1999

    Writer Achy Obejas reads a piece of short fiction from her book, We Came All the Way from Cuba ...FictionImmigrationJobs/Employment

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  • Rules Of The Game.

    127: Pimp Anthropology 04.16.1999

    How Kevin and his friends got into the game of pimping, and the rules of the game at the time. ...ChildhoodJobs/EmploymentProstitution

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  • The Price Of Ignoring The Rules.

    127: Pimp Anthropology 04.16.1999

    Kevin's story continues. We hear about his own rise and fall as a pimp, and how he failed in his ...Jobs/EmploymentProstitution

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  • Prologue.

    126: Do-Gooders 04.09.1999

    When Brigid starting going blind, she tried to hire someone to drive her around. Only problem ...Health Care/MedicineJobs/Employment

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  • What Do Arnold Schwarzenegger And Sigmund Freud Have In Common?

    124: Welcome to America 03.19.1999

    Because of a shortage of math and science teachers, New York City decided to import instructors ...CityEducationJobs/Employment

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  • Meet The Ball And Chain.

    122: Valentine's Day '99 02.12.1999

    When Anne Staggs started to fall for an inmate named Charles in the Texas prison system, she was ...Criminal JusticeJobs/EmploymentMurder

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  • Doing Good By Doing Bad.

    120: Be Careful Who You Pretend to Be 01.22.1999

    Ron Copeland is a historical interpreter at the Conner Prairie Living History Museum, outside of ...HistoryJobs/EmploymentRace

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  • Lost At Sea.

    115: First Day 11.13.1998

    Dishwasher Pete tells the story of his first day washing dishes on an oil rig off the coast of ...BoatsJobs/Employment

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  • Hearing.

    110: Mapping 09.04.1998

    Jack Hitt visits Toby Lester, who has mapped all the ambient sounds in his world: the hum of the ...Jobs/EmploymentTechnology

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  • Busman's Holiday.

    102: Road Trip! 05.22.1998

    Dishwasher Pete, an itinerant dishwasher and author of the book Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to ...Jobs/EmploymentTravel

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  • Road Trip In A Tuxedo.

    102: Road Trip! 05.22.1998

    What happens when being on the road is your job — and has been your job for decades? Reporter ...Jobs/EmploymentJournalismTravel

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  • The Radio Most People Listen To.

    100: Radio 04.24.1998

    How the science of radio enabled V103 to become tied for number one in the Chicago market. And ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentRadio

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  • Taking Sisterhood One Step Further.

    99: I Enjoy Being A Girl, Sort Of 04.10.1998

    Ira with Elizabeth Joseph, who is in a polygamous marriage with eight wives and one husband. She ...Jobs/EmploymentMarriage

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  • Round Three. Fighting As A Job.

    98: Throwing the First Punch 03.27.1998

    Frankie Cruz Junior takes on all contenders at a nightclub in Chicago, and nearly always wins. ...Jobs/EmploymentSports

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  • Dr. Jeckyl And Mr. Wacky.

    97: Death to Wacky 03.20.1998

    Sarah Vowell with Jim Nayder, host of Magnificent Obsession and The Annoying Music Show, who ...DrugsJobs/EmploymentMusic

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  • God Of War.

    96: Pinned by History 03.13.1998

    In Vietnam, Jeffrey Harris, with one year of grad school, judged which soldiers stayed and which ...HistoryJobs/EmploymentMental Health

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  • How To Increase Your Value As A Person.

    94: How To 02.27.1998

    In which we tackle the biggest possible how-to we could think of: how to make your life worth ...BusinessHealth Care/MedicineJobs/Employment

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  • The Unmasking.

    92: Leave the Mask On 02.06.1998

    A story of guys who wear real masks, like superheroes, in their jobs as costumed wrestlers in a ...Jobs/EmploymentSports

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  • The Salesman.

    88: Numbers 01.02.1998

    Will Powers — his real name — decided to try to use all the tools of modern brand marketing to ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentMarriage

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  • What Makes Grammy Run?

    86: How to Take Money from Strangers 12.12.1997

    Sarah Vowell, on selling the secrets of art dealer Graham Arader. (14 minutes)ArtBusinessJobs/Employment

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  • Headless Chicken In Topless Bar.

    85: Poultry Slam 1997 12.05.1997

    Ira with Lloyd Natoff, on killing chickens. (9 minutes)AnimalsDeathJobs/Employment

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  • My Worklife.

    83: One of Us 11.14.1997

    Independent producer Dan Collison, on Pilottown and a feature story that fell apart. (10 minutes)FamilyJobs/EmploymentJournalism

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  • Kings.

    77: Pray 09.26.1997

    Scott Carrier in Salt Lake City with a story about whether it's possible to be a good person if ...FamilyJobs/EmploymentReligion

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  • Tarzan Finds A Mate.

    75: Kindness of Strangers 09.12.1997

    New York City locksmith Joel Kostman tells the story of an act of kindess he committed, hoping ...CityJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue. Convention worker.

    74: Conventions 08.29.1997

    Andrea worked at a bakery under a convention hotel in Chicago. The conventioneers used to drive ...Jobs/Employment

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  • Dish Out Of Water.

    74: Conventions 08.29.1997

    Dishwasher Pete, author of the book Dishwasher: One Man's Quest to Wash Dishes in All Fifty ...BusinessFood/Drinks/CookingJobs/Employment

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  • When Worlds Collide.

    74: Conventions 08.29.1997

    John Perry Barlow, a founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and former rancher and ...BusinessJobs/EmploymentMusic

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  • Life In A Bubble.

    73: Blame It on Art 08.22.1997

    Reporter Paul Tough talks with Aaron Hsu-Flanders, an acknowledged master in the field of animal ...ArtJobs/Employment

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  • Still Life.

    73: Blame It on Art 08.22.1997

    David Sedaris recounts his shameful career as a performance artist. Recorded before a live ...FunnyJobs/EmploymentLive Performance

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  • Grace Note.

    73: Blame It on Art 08.22.1997

    After all this doom and gloom about the difficult lives of artists, we end the show with a more ...Jobs/EmploymentMusic

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  • Thief.

    70: Other People's Mail 07.25.1997

    There can be consequences for reading other people's mail. Fiction writer Mona Simpson reads an ...CrimeFictionJobs/Employment

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  • Saviors.

    70: Other People's Mail 07.25.1997

    If you work for the post office and read other people's mail, you can lose your job or go to ...GovernmentJobs/Employment

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  • Act One.

    64: Summer 05.23.1997

    Ron Carlson's short story.FictionJobs/EmploymentRomance

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  • On The Green River.

    64: Summer 05.23.1997

    We begin to hear a story by Scott Carrier. And Ron Carlson's story continues.FictionJobs/EmploymentTeenagers

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  • Eddie The Nudist.

    63: One Thing 05.09.1997

    Beau O'Reilly tells the story of a man who tried to run for President as a utopian nudist. (24 ...Jobs/EmploymentLiteraturePolitics

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  • Guinea Pig Zero.

    62: Something for Nothing 05.02.1997

    Ira interviews Bob Helms, creator of the zine Guinea Pig Zero, which is about people who make ...Health Care/MedicineJobs/EmploymentScience

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  • Tao Of The Dumpster.

    62: Something for Nothing 05.02.1997

    Writer Dirk Jamison, who gave up a 9-to-5 job and succeeded in getting something for nothing: he ...ChildhoodFamilyFathers

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  • Another Case Study: How Someone Else Got Something For Nothing.

    62: Something for Nothing 05.02.1997

    Hollywood is all about the idea of getting something for nothing, and no show on the subject ...Film/Film MakingJobs/Employment

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  • Car Wars.

    61: Fiasco! 04.25.1997

    Wisconsin Public Radio wanted to do something simple: start running Car Talk, the most popular ...ActivismAutomobilesJobs/Employment

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  • The Undertaking.

    60: Business of Death 04.18.1997

    Thomas Lynch reads from his book The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade. (14 minutes)DeathJobs/Employment

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  • The Happiest Death Worker.

    60: Business of Death 04.18.1997

    Meema Spadola with Lou Zeidberg. (10 minutes)DeathHealth Care/MedicineJobs/Employment

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  • How you gonna keep em down on the farm?

    58: Small Towns 04.04.1997

    Singles in Agriculture. By reporter Liz Weil and Alix Spiegel. (25 minutes)Jobs/EmploymentRomance

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  • Speed.

    57: Delivery 03.14.1997

    Tony Starbucks, interviewed by Dierdre Dolan and Paul Tough. (7 minutes)Jobs/Employment

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  • Who You Meet.

    57: Delivery 03.14.1997

    "Edison, New Jersey," a story about delivering pool tables from Junot Diaz's book Drown. (18 ...FictionJobs/Employment

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  • Check Out the Package on That Guy.

    57: Delivery 03.14.1997

    Nancy Updike and UPS Men. (6 minutes)Jobs/EmploymentSexuality

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  • Nom De Plume, Nom De Guerre.

    56: Name Change 03.07.1997

    How a guy named Tom became Camden Joy — and what he gained and what he lost. With Sarah Vowell. ...Jobs/EmploymentJournalismMusic

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  • Prologue.

    55: Three Women and the Sex Industry 02.28.1997

    Host Ira Glass with Sarah, who did phone sex and nude dancing. (5 minutes)Jobs/EmploymentSexualityTelephone

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  • Act One.

    55: Three Women and the Sex Industry 02.28.1997

    Sandy Tolan interviewed Susan's friends and family to make an unusual and powerful documentary ...Film/Film MakingJobs/EmploymentSexuality

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  • Act Two.

    55: Three Women and the Sex Industry 02.28.1997

    A story by therapist Lauren Slater about a case she had with a tough man obsessed with porn and ...Jobs/EmploymentMental HealthSexuality

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  • You Don't Have To Be Crazy To Work Here, But It Helps.

    52: Edge of Sanity 01.31.1997

    Joel Lovell tells a story about working in a mental institution, and what it's like when it ...Jobs/EmploymentMental Health

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  • I'm Ferdinand. I'm Glad to be Your Steak Tonight.

    51: Animals Die, People Ponder 01.24.1997

    Jay Allison presents a woman who "talks" to animals and a slaughterhouse owner. (5 minutes)AnimalsFood/Drinks/CookingJobs/Employment

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  • Dead Animal Man.

    51: Animals Die, People Ponder 01.24.1997

    Ira with Clarence Hicks, who picks up dead animals for a living. (9 minutes)AnimalsDeathJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    49: Animals 01.10.1997

    Samantha Martin trains raccoons to play basketball and rats to bowl. She says that what we want ...AnimalsJobs/EmploymentSports

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  • Santaland Diaries.

    47: Christmas and Commerce 12.20.1996

    The diaries are about David's two Christmas seasons working as an elf in Macy's department store ...FunnyHolidaysJobs/Employment

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  • Christmas Freud.

    47: Christmas and Commerce 12.20.1996

    David Rakoff on playing Freud in the windows of Barney's department store. (15 minutes)Jobs/EmploymentRetail/Commerce

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  • How To Get Famous.

    45: Media Fringe 12.06.1996

    Writer Sandra Tsing Loh on how she staged stunts to get press attention. She was wildly ...Jobs/EmploymentJournalism

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  • Whoring In Commercial Radio News.

    45: Media Fringe 12.06.1996

    Scott Carrier took a job in commercial radio working for a network correspondent he refers to as ...Jobs/EmploymentJournalismPolice

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  • Doing A Personal Act For Money.

    45: Media Fringe 12.06.1996

    Sarah Vowell on the joy of making mix tapes of your favorite songs to send to loved ones. She ...Jobs/EmploymentMusicRomance

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  • Dangerous Minds.

    43: Faustian Bargains 11.22.1996

    LuAnne Johnson is a teacher who sold her story to Hollywood and saw it made into the film and TV ...EducationFilm/Film MakingJobs/Employment

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  • Carmen Becomes Faust.

    43: Faustian Bargains 11.22.1996

    Carmen Delzell on a deal she made with the devil when she turned 30. (14 minutes)HousingJobs/EmploymentPersonal Finance

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  • Vampire Girl.

    39: Halloween 10.25.1996

    An interview with Vampire Girl. (6 minutes)Jobs/EmploymentSexualityTheater

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  • Simulating Reality On Morning Edition.

    38: Simulated Worlds 10.11.1996

    Ira Glass worked for NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered for ...Jobs/EmploymentRadio

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  • Prologue.

    37: The Job That Takes Over Your Life 09.27.1996

    Host Ira Glass on his relationship to his job, and your relationship to yours. (2 minutes)Jobs/Employment

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  • The Test.

    37: The Job That Takes Over Your Life 09.27.1996

    Radio producer Scott Carrier quit his job at a low moment in his life. His wife left him and ...FamilyJobs/EmploymentMental Health

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  • The Port Chicago 50.

    37: The Job That Takes Over Your Life 09.27.1996

    The story of the worst stateside disaster during World War II, at Port Chicago, an ammunition ...BoatsHistoryJobs/Employment

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  • Orientation.

    37: The Job That Takes Over Your Life 09.27.1996

    Even the most innocent office job can take over your life. A story by fiction writer Daniel ...FictionJobs/Employment

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  • Act One.

    33: A Night at the Wiener Circle 08.23.1996

    Ira meets the workers of the Wiener Circle; they're screaming and cursing at each other, and the ...Food/Drinks/CookingJobs/Employment

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  • The Customer.

    33: A Night at the Wiener Circle 08.23.1996

    Playwright and contributor Beau O'Reilly talks about a more typical relationship between ...Food/Drinks/CookingJobs/Employment

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  • My Brother, Tom Jones.

    31: When You Talk About Music 08.09.1996

    Radio producer Dan Gediman's story about his older brother, "Alex Jones," who he idolized when ...ChildhoodJobs/EmploymentMusic

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  • No Fame, No Fortune, Just Music.

    31: When You Talk About Music 08.09.1996

    Ira with Sam Franco, a 72-year-old Chicagoan who spent his life playing and teaching accordion. ...EducationJobs/EmploymentMusic

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  • Prologue.

    28: Detectives 07.12.1996

    Ira talks about one of the purest expressions of ordinary folks' desire to be detectives: a ...ChildhoodJobs/EmploymentWriting

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  • Act Two.

    28: Detectives 07.12.1996

    Ira went out on surveillance with a real private eye in Chicago expecting it to be drudge work ...CityJobs/Employment

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  • Pier Pressure.

    17: Name Change / No Theme 03.21.1996

    Navy Pier's renovation was presented as a success in last week's show, but recent press reveals ...BusinessChildrenCity

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  • The Economy.

    16: Economy 03.14.1996

    Temporary employment agencies' business has exploded in the last few years as corporations lay ...BusinessEconomicsJobs/Employment

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  • Dad.

    16: Economy 03.14.1996

    Poet/performer Lisa Buscani tells a story about her father. (8 minutes)ChildhoodFamilyFathers

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  • Economic Development, Chicago Style.

    16: Economy 03.14.1996

    Ira takes a look at the remarkably successful $156 million renovation of Chicago's Navy Pier. He ...BusinessEconomicsJobs/Employment

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  • Prologue.

    15: Dawn 02.28.1996

    Who are the people we remember as significant figures from our childhood? What is their hold on ...ChildrenEducationJobs/Employment

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  • Baltimore, Circa 1956.

    14: Accidental Documentaries 02.21.1996

    Ira plays tapes of his own father, Barry, who was a radio deejay in the mid-1950s. Barry gave up ...FathersJobs/EmploymentMusic

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  • Prologue.

    7: Quitting 12.29.1995

    Evan Harris was entrenched in her life, stalled and going nowhere both personally and ...Jobs/EmploymentWriting

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  • Act Three.

    7: Quitting 12.29.1995

    Lisa Buscani reads a two-part story about not being able to quit something or someone. The piece ...FictionJobs/EmploymentMusic

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