Radio Archive by Tag

Journalism

  • Fiascos As A Force For Good In The World.

    510: Fiasco! 11.01.2013

    Journalist Margy Rochlin on her first big assigment to do a celebrity interview. It was 1982. ...FunnyJournalism

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  • Act Three.

    504: How I Got Into College 09.06.2013

    Michael Lewis’ story continues, and he figures out why Emir Kamenica insists on remembering, ...EducationJournalism

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  • Prologue.

    502: This Call May Be Recorded... To Save Your Life 08.09.2013

    Ira tells the story of Meron Estefanos, a freelance journalist who in 2011 got a troubling tip: ...ActivismCrimeImmigration

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  • Forgive us our Press Passes.

    468: Switcheroo 06.29.2012

    Producer Sarah Koenig reports on a company called Journatic, that is producing local journalism ...EconomicsJournalism

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  • Why Do You Have to Go and Make Things So Complicated?

    467: Americans in China 06.22.2012

    There are about seventy thousand Americans living in mainland China today, according to the ...GovernmentJournalismMusic

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  • Prologue.

    460: Retraction 03.16.2012

    Host Ira Glass tells listeners we can no longer stand behind the reporting in the recently aired ...BusinessJournalism

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  • Cathy's Account.

    460: Retraction 03.16.2012

    Rob Schmitz, a Shanghai-based reporter for Marketplace, tracks down and interviews Cathy Lee, ...JournalismRadio

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  • Mike's Account.

    460: Retraction 03.16.2012

    Host Ira Glass has a lot of questions for Mike Daisey, beginning with why Daisey lied to Ira and ...ActivismJournalismRadio

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  • The News That's Fit to Print.

    460: Retraction 03.16.2012

    To get a sense of what really is true of Apple's working conditions in China, Ira talks to New ...BusinessJournalismLabor

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  • Anchor Babies.

    449: Middle School 10.28.2011

    We realized that there are already reporters on the ground, embedded inside middle schools: The ...EducationJournalismTeenagers

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  • A Pretty Dame Walks In.

    447: The Incredible Case of the P.I. Moms 09.23.2011

    Joshuah Bearman tells the story of Pete's ridealong with the PI Moms, and how strange things ...CrimeDrugsJournalism

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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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  • When I Grow Up.

    425: Slow To React 01.21.2011

    Back in 2004, a reporter named David Holthouse published a remarkable story in the weekly paper ...ChildhoodCrimeCriminal Justice

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  • Prologue.

    413: Georgia Rambler 07.30.2010

    Ira Glass speaks with Charles Salter, the original Georgia Rambler, about his column from the ...JournalismTravel

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  • Chattooga County

    413: Georgia Rambler 07.30.2010

    Producer Lisa Pollak learns some of the things people in Chattooga are talking about, thanks to ...Journalism

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  • Elbert County.

    413: Georgia Rambler 07.30.2010

    Chuck Salter, son of Georgia Rambler Charles Salter, Sr., visits a man named Windell Cleveland, ...FamilyFathersHistory

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  • I've Fallen In Love and I Can't Get Up.

    409: Held Hostage 06.04.2010

    Four years ago, Matt Frerking started having attacks where he simply couldn't move his body. ...Health Care/MedicineJournalismMarriage

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  • Troubled Bridge Over Water.

    407: The Bridge 05.07.2010

    There is a four mile long bridge in Naan-jing China, famous for how many people jump off to ...DeathHeroismJournalism

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  • Throw the Book at Them.

    407: The Bridge 05.07.2010

    Isaiah Thompson tells the story of the Julia Tuttle Causeway in Miami, a bridge that became home ...CrimeHomelessnessJournalism

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  • Side Effects May Include...

    386: Fine Print 07.24.2009

    In Tehran in 2004, Omid Memarian confessed to doing things he'd never done, meeting people he'd ...JournalismTerrorism

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  • Prologue.

    377: Scenes From a Recession 03.27.2009

    Host Ira Glass notes the sub-industry in journalism right now of reporting anything that looks ...EconomicsJournalism

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  • The Spy Who Bugged Me.

    357: The Truth Will Out 06.13.2008

    Lawrence Wright is a reporter for the New Yorker Magazine, and an author of the bestselling ...GovernmentJournalismTerrorism

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  • Tough News Room.

    348: Tough Room 02.08.2008

    Malcolm Gladwell is a best-selling author and famous journalist at the New Yorker magazine. But ...EducationJournalismLive Performance

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  • But Why?

    339: Break-Up 08.24.2007

    Eight-year-old Betsy Walter goes on a campaign to understand her parents' divorce. A campaign ...ChildrenDivorceJournalism

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  • Prologue.

    330: My Reputation 04.13.2007

    Robyn Forest thought she'd gotten her big break when a magazine assigned her to write about a ...JournalismSexuality

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  • Mr. Adam's Neighborhood.

    324: My Brilliant Plan 01.26.2007

    Radio reporter Adam Davidson went to Iraq to report on the war. He decided that rather than ...HousingIraqJournalism

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  • Truth, Damn Truth And Statistics.

    320: What's In A Number? — 2006 Edition 11.03.2006

    Two years ago, a John Hopkins University study published in The Lancet estimated the number of ...DeathFamilyIraq

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  • The War This Time.

    320: What's In A Number? — 2006 Edition 11.03.2006

    The Lancet's new study of deaths in Iraq, by the same research team that did the earlier study, ...DeathFamilyIraq

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  • Prologue.

    293: A Little Bit of Knowledge 07.22.2005

    Host Ira Glass describes the thing that we all do at some point: Talk expertly about something ...Health Care/MedicineJournalism

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  • Prologue And Act One.

    286: Mind Games 04.08.2005

    Host Ira Glass interviews Lori Gottlieb about the time she sent a letter to a writer in a ...JournalismWriting

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  • Prologue.

    283: Remember Me 02.25.2005

    Host Ira Glass talks to Laura Mayer, editor of the New Trier Township High School yearbook, ...JournalismTeenagers

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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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  • Beauty Science.

    265: Fake Science 05.21.2004

    Adam Sternbergh, the co-editor and co-founder of Fametracker.com, dissects the issue of People ...JournalismScience

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  • I Found Your Letter.

    239: Lost in America 06.06.2003

    Davy Rothbart reads from letters, notes, scraps of paper and school papers which have been lost ...JournalismLive PerformanceWriting

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  • Star Of Bethlehem.

    238: Lost in Translation 05.30.2003

    Very few Palestinians speak Hebrew, and very few Israelis speak Arabic, even though most ...JournalismTelevision

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  • What Peacetime Forgets About Wartime.

    235: The Balloon Goes Up 03.21.2003

    A few years back, a writer named Lee Sandlin wrote a story for the weekly paper The Chicago ...HistoryJournalismWar

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  • Prologue.

    231: Time to Save the World 02.07.2003

    Host Ira Glass talks with Michael Beaumier, who runs the personals section of the Chicago ...JournalismRomance

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  • Prologue.

    223: Classifieds 10.11.2002

    Host Ira Glass talks with Marion Tanios, a classified section editor at the Chicago Sun-Times. ...JournalismRetail/Commerce

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  • Personal Ads.

    223: Classifieds 10.11.2002

    "Joyce, I don't need another Housekeeper." Producer Jonathan Goldstein talks with the man who ...JournalismRomance

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  • How Britain Nearly Saved America.

    211: Naming Names 05.03.2002

    Reporter Jon Ronson tells the story of how, in the immediate wake of September 11, he became ...9/11JournalismTerrorism

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  • Get On The Mic.

    207: Special Ed 03.08.2002

    Ira interviews three of the people involved in making the documentary How's Your News?, about a ...Film/Film MakingIraqJournalism

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  • The Epiphany Biz.

    202: Faith 12.21.2001

    Bill Lychak reports on what it's like to be a factory worker in the Epiphany Plant, bringing ...JournalismReligion

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  • My Friend The Extremist.

    201: Them 12.07.2001

    Several years ago, before most of us paid much attention to the name Osama bin Laden, Reporter ...9/11JournalismTerrorism

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  • Mr. Boder Vanishes.

    197: Before It Had A Name 10.26.2001

    In 1946, a man named David Boder started to investigate the Holocaust before it was known as the ...AnimalsDeathHistory

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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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  • Prologue.

    181: The Friendly Man 04.06.2001

    Ira tells the story about how Scott first got into radio. He was listening to a story on the ...JournalismRadioTravel

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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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  • Who Am I? What Am I Doing Here?

    181: The Friendly Man 04.06.2001

    Scott goes on a quest to discover if the amnesia in the movies—where someone gets bonked on the ...DrugsHealth Care/MedicineJournalism

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  • Happy Birthday to Us.

    174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones 12.29.2000

    Long-time Fresh Air host Terry Gross offers her congratulations... and some words of wisdom to ...FunnyJournalismMilestones

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  • Fools Rush In.

    171: Election 11.03.2000

    A Michigan millionaire tries to swing his swing state, using only his voice, his millions, and ...GovernmentJournalismPolitics

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  • Prologue.

    160: Character Assassination 05.19.2000

    Host Ira Glass talks with Jack E. Robinson, Republican candidate for Senate in Massachusetts. ...CrimeGovernmentJournalism

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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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  • The Hissing Of Winter Lawns.

    158: Mob Mentality 05.05.2000

    What happens when a crowd converges over something they strongly believe in, for weeks, and ...ActivismJournalismTelevision

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  • The Mask Behind The Mask.

    151: Primary 01.28.2000

    Usually it's difficult to get to know the front-runner in a Presidential race. With the most to ...JournalismPoliticsPresidents

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  • Prologue.

    146: Urban Nature 12.10.1999

    Stories about rats in the city, from Kate Aurthur (former rat columnist for New York magazine), ...AnimalsCityJournalism

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  • My Life With The Thrill Kill Cult.

    138: The Real Thing 08.27.1999

    The story of someone trying and trying to get close to The Real Thing, and why it was so ...AutomobilesCrimeJournalism

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  • Prologue.

    129: Advice 05.14.1999

    When Adam and Jamie were kids, Jamie would always ask for Adam's advice, but he didn't want to ...ChildhoodFriendshipJournalism

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  • Advise And Consent.

    129: Advice 05.14.1999

    Host Ira Glass talks with his mom—a clinical psychologist—about why people seem to rarely take ...FunnyJournalismLive Performance

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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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  • I Mess With Texas.

    119: Lockup 01.08.1999

    Over two decades ago, not long after he got out of Texas prison for robbery, Ray Hill got a job ...Criminal JusticeFamilyJournalism

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  • Color Bar.

    119: Lockup 01.08.1999

    Former South African political prisoner Breyten Breytenbach, on how prison changes all your ...Criminal JusticeJournalism

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  • Climb Every Mountain.

    118: What You Lookin' At? 12.18.1998

    Writer David Rakoff travels to a place where everyone seems to be looking at him, a place where ...FunnyJournalismLive Performance

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  • Breakfast.

    117: You Gonna Eat That? 12.11.1998

    A story by Jay Allison and Annie Cheney, from Jay's Life Stories series. Annie tells a story of ...ChildhoodFamilyFood/Drinks/Cooking

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  • Prologue.

    105: Take A Negro Home 06.12.1998

    Ira reads from an editorial from a 1957 newspaper in Jackson, Mississippi. It tries to scare ...GovernmentJournalismPolitics

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  • Economic Integration.

    105: Take A Negro Home 06.12.1998

    Cedric Jennings grew up in Southeast Washington, in one of the poorest communities in the ...EducationJournalismRace

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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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  • 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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  • Nelson Mandela And Abraham Lincoln.

    68: Lincoln's Second Inaugural 07.04.1997

    Some stunning parallels between the political strategies of the two leaders, by John Matisonn. ...GovernmentJournalismPolitics

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  • More than One Thing.

    63: One Thing 05.09.1997

    How journalist Philip Weiss came to agree with some Clinton conspiracy theorists but not to ...JournalismPoliticsPresidents

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  • Fiascos As A Force Of Good In The World.

    61: Fiasco! 04.25.1997

    Journalist Margy Rochlin on her first big assignment to do a celebrity interview. It was 1982. ...FunnyJournalismMusic

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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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  • One Sinatra Fan ... Versus All Of Network TV.

    54: Sinatra 02.21.1997

    Before Sinatra died, Sarah Vowell appeared on this radio program and made a prediction about how ...DeathJournalismMusic

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  • History Lesson.

    54: Sinatra 02.21.1997

    Ira and music contributor John Conners on Sinatra's worst songs. And a brief history of what ...FunnyJournalismMusic

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  • Sinatra Has A Cold.

    54: Sinatra 02.21.1997

    Gay Talese reads from his classic 1966 Esquire article, in which he followed around Sinatra at ...Health Care/MedicineJournalismMusic

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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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  • Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous.

    45: Media Fringe 12.06.1996

    Chicago writer Cheryl Trykv on her own close encounter with Hollywood, the media, and a famous ...FamilyFunnyJournalism

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  • Television Man.

    41: Politics 11.08.1996

    Campaign diarist Michael Lewis, on his transformation into a television reporter, and on an ...JournalismPoliticsTelevision

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  • Act Two.

    32: Republican Convention 08.16.1996

    Sex advice columnist Dan Savage tells the odd story of how he became a Republican state ...GovernmentJournalismPolitics

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  • Campaign Diaries.

    29: Bob Dole 07.19.1996

    We hear campaign diaries from author Michael Lewis, who is on the campaign trail for the New ...JournalismPolitics

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  • Dawn.

    15: Dawn 02.28.1996

    Jack Hitt's quest to find out the truth about the man who lived down the street from him 30 ...ChildhoodJournalismNeighbors/Neighborhoods

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  • Dawn Again.

    15: Dawn 02.28.1996

    Two-and-a-half years after Jack Hitt wrote the story that makes up Act One of our show, he ...JournalismNeighbors/NeighborhoodsSexuality

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  • Act One.

    5: Anger and Forgiveness 12.15.1995

    Former Harpers magazine editor and TAL contributor Jack Hitt wrote an editorial about Susan ...ChildrenCrimeJournalism

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