Radio Archive by Tag

Mental Health

  • Prologue.

    529: Human Spectacle 06.27.2014

    Ira talks to Joel Gold, a psychologist and author, about a strangely common delusion known as ...Mental Health

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  • I Am the Eggplant.

    529: Human Spectacle 06.27.2014

    Producer Stephanie Foo speaks to Nasubi, a Japanese comedian who, in the 90s, just wanted a ...Advertising/MarketingMental HealthTelevision

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  • High on the Corporate Ladder.

    524: I Was So High 05.02.2014

    Producer Alex Blumberg introduces us to Richard, a former executive at a big time marketing firm ...DrugsFamilyMental Health

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  • Straight Man.

    524: I Was So High 05.02.2014

    Comedian Marc Maron, who's been off drugs for more than 15 years, says he still thinks it's okay ...AddictionDrugsMental Health

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  • Help Wanted.

    522: Tarred and Feathered 04.11.2014

    There's one group of people that is universally tarred and feathered in the United States and ...Mental HealthSexuality

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  • Baby NOT On Board.

    521: Bad Baby 03.28.2014

    Ira plays tape from an interview that he did more than 20 years ago, with the author Doris ...Mental HealthParentingWriting

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  • What Are You Doing for the Test of Your Life?

    509: It Says So Right Here 10.25.2013

    Huntington's Disease is a progressive brain disorder. There's a wide range of symptoms, but in ...FamilyMental Health

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  • In Country, In City.

    484: Doppelgängers 01.11.2013

    For decades, the writer Alex Kotlowitz has been writing about the inner cities and the toll of ...AfghanistanDrugsMental Health

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  • A Real Nail Biter.

    476: What Doesn't Kill You 10.05.2012

    Jessica Benko tells the story of a woman named Cathy who was almost killed several times... by ...Health Care/MedicineMental Health

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  • Wife Lessons.

    458: Play the Part 02.17.2012

    Kristen Finch was a speech therapist who sometimes worked with kids with Asperger Syndrome, ...MarriageMental Health

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  • Put on a Happy Face.

    445: Ten Years In 09.09.2011

    In 2008, reporter Chris Neary told the story of John, a soldier who returned from tours of Iraq ...9/11AfghanistanIraq

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  • Prologue.

    436: The Psychopath Test 05.27.2011

    Ira explains that when the radio staff decided to take a test that reveals who is a psychopath, ...Mental Health

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  • Underachievement Test.

    436: The Psychopath Test 05.27.2011

    NPR Science Correspondent Alix Spiegel tells the story of Robert Dixon, who's in a maximum ...Criminal JusticeMental Health

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  • King of the Forest.

    436: The Psychopath Test 05.27.2011

    Jon Ronson investigates whether corporate leaders can, in fact, be psychopaths by visiting a ...BusinessMental Health

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  • The Results Are In.

    436: The Psychopath Test 05.27.2011

    Ira and the radio show staff get their results on the psychopath test from Dr. David Bernstein, ...FunnyMental Health

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  • Bar Car Prophesy.

    426: Tough Room 2011 02.04.2011

    Writer Rosie Schaap tells the story of how she ingratiated herself into the adult society of the ...ChildhoodMental HealthTravel

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  • Prologue.

    425: Slow To React 01.21.2011

    Ira Glass explains that, like the rest of America, we at This American Life are not tired of ...BirthHealth Care/MedicineMental Health

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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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  • 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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  • The Answer To The Riddle Is Me.

    399: Contents Unknown 01.22.2010

    On October 13, 2002, David MacLean woke up in India with no memory of who he was or how he got ...Mental HealthTravel

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  • Prologue.

    389: Frenemies 09.11.2009

    Host Ira Glass plays tape of two women who ended up as frenemies.They kept trying to be friends, ...FriendshipMental Health

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  • Psycho Dabble.

    385: Pro Se 07.10.2009

    From London, TAL contributor Jon Ronson tells the story of a man who has spent more than a ...Legal SystemMental Health

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  • Mother Of Invention.

    366: A Better Mousetrap 2008 10.10.2008

    Karen Sosnoski's one-year-old son, Anton, was born with what's known as Mosaic Down Syndrome, a ...ChildrenEducationMental Health

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  • Soldier Of Misfortune.

    359: Life After Death 07.18.2008

    When John came back from fighting in Iraq, he refused to leave his house. He was paranoid. He ...IraqMental HealthMilitary

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  • Educated Guess.

    358: Social Engineering 06.27.2008

    When Amy Silverman's daughter was born with Down syndrome, she followed the advice of all the ...EducationHealth Care/MedicineMental Health

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  • Vox Diaboli.

    340: The Devil in Me 09.07.2007

    Sometimes the inner voice telling us to do the wrong thing actually sounds like a voice. TAL ...Mental Health

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  • Act Three.

    336: Who Can You Save? 07.06.2007

    Brady Udall tells the story of the time he helped a stranger get his car out of a ditch. In ...Health Care/MedicineMental Health

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  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot.

    317: Unconditional Love 09.15.2006

    Dave Royko talks about the decision he and his wife faced recently about his autistic son's ...ChildrenMental HealthParenting

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  • Because I'm The Mommy, That's Why.

    284: Should I Stay or Should I Go? 03.11.2005

    One day Virginia Holman's mother announced she was taking Virginia and her little sister to ...ChildhoodMental HealthWriting

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  • End Of The Road.

    279: Auto Show 12.10.2004

    People don't want to stop driving, no matter how old they get. This American Life producer Lisa ...AutomobilesMental Health

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  • Prologue.

    277: Apology 11.05.2004

    Host Ira Glass talks about the surprising way apologies tend to play out in couples when one ...Mental Health

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  • We Don't Talk About That.

    270: Family Legend 08.06.2004

    Some family legends are most notable for their absence. They're too disturbing or scandalous to ...AlcoholFamilyMental Health

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  • Doctoring The Doctor.

    269: Someone to Watch Over Me 07.16.2004

    Jo Giese's husband, a doctor named Douglas Forde, had spent his life caring for other people. ...Health Care/MedicineMental Health

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  • Except For That One Problem, It's Perfect.

    264: Special Treatment 05.07.2004

    Gregory Warner reports on a program that solves a problem that's been plaguing prisons for ...Criminal JusticeMental Health

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  • Hasta La Vista, Arnie.

    263: Desperate Measures 04.16.2004

    Therapist Scott Miller tells the story of a patient who thought he was Arnold Schwarzenegger. ...Mental Health

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  • Freeze Frame.

    257: What I Should've Said 01.16.2004

    Jonathan Goldstein, for once in his life, gets to suspend time itself. He gets to freeze the ...Mental HealthTravel

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  • Do You Hear What I Hear?

    256: Living Without 01.09.2004

    Nubar Alexanian was forced to give up one thing—and then gave up another thing by choice. This ...Mental HealthMusic

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  • How To Write A Note.

    234: Say Anything 03.14.2003

    This story wasn't originally made to broadcast on a radio show. It's a tape made by a guy named ...FriendshipMental Health

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  • Psychic Buddha, Qu'est-ce Que C'est.

    212: The Other Man 05.10.2002

    The story of what happens to an average American family, when a perfectly normal, rational and ...Mental HealthMothersReligion

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  • Act Two.

    209: Didn't Ask to Be Born 03.29.2002

    Brent Runyon tells the story of the day in eighth grade that he set himself on fire...and what ...EducationFamilyMental Health

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  • Walkout.

    207: Special Ed 03.08.2002

    Veronica Chater tells the story of her developmentally disabled brother Vincent, who one day ...Mental Healthsiblings

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  • A Bad Day For Plates.

    197: Before It Had A Name 10.26.2001

    The story about what happens when you discover the medical reason your mother was such a bad ...ChildhoodFamilyMental Health

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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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  • 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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  • Yes There Is A Baby.

    175: Babysitting 01.05.2001

    Myron Jones and his sister Carol Bove explain what happened when they were teenagers, and they ...ChildrenMental HealthMothers

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  • Act Two.

    168: The Fix Is In 09.15.2000

    Our story about ADM and Mark Whitacre continues. The FBI finds out that their star cooperating ...BusinessCrimeGovernment

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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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  • 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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  • Looking For Love In All The Wrong Places.

    149: Bedside Diplomacy 01.14.2000

    Wendy Dorr, an assistant producer at Radio Diaries, has this story of what happens to you if you ...CancerDeathHealth Care/Medicine

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  • Prologue.

    138: The Real Thing 08.27.1999

    The story of Jug Burkett, a businessman in Dallas and a Vietnam vet, who years ago routinely ...BusinessCrimeMental Health

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  • A Trip Down Memory Lane.

    132: Father's Day '99 06.18.1999

    Photographer Joel Meyerowitz decided to go on a last big trip with his father Hy, who has ...ChildhoodFathersFunny

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  • When We Were Animals.

    131: The Kids Are Alright 06.04.1999

    Since the high school shootings in Littleton, Colorado, parents and teachers are looking for ...ChildhoodCrimeEducation

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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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  • Prologue.

    123: High Cost of Living 02.26.1999

    Host Ira Glass with Robert Lundin, who talks about a time in his life when he felt too alive, ...AnimalsMental HealthReligion

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  • How To Avoid Everything.

    123: High Cost of Living 02.26.1999

    It's possible to turn off your emotions and go on autopilot for brief periods with the people ...MarriageMental HealthParents

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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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  • Pot Of Gold.

    113: Windfall 10.16.1998

    Writer Scott Carrier in Salt Lake City tells the story of someone's life that improved with a ...HousingLegal SystemMental Health

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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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  • Stuck As A Teenager.

    79: Stuck in the Wrong Decade 10.10.1997

    A former addict and a former prisoner discuss the developmental retardation their experiences ...Criminal JusticeDrugsHealth Care/Medicine

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  • A Trip Down Memory Lane.

    71: Defying Sickness 08.01.1997

    Photographer Joel Meyerowitz decided to go on a last big trip with his father, Hy, who has ...AutomobilesFamilyFathers

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  • Hands On A Hardbody.

    62: Something for Nothing 05.02.1997

    Excerpts from a documentary (Hands On A Hard Body) by filmmakers Rob Bindler, Chapin Wilson and ...AutomobilesFilm/Film MakingMental Health

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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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  • Prologue.

    52: Edge of Sanity 01.31.1997

    Story of a romance that began in a mental hospital. Sometimes, the line between crazy and not ...Mental HealthRomance

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  • Girl, Interrupted.

    52: Edge of Sanity 01.31.1997

    Susanna Kaysen reads from her account of living at McLean psychiatric hospital for about two ...Mental Health

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  • Guided By Voices.

    52: Edge of Sanity 01.31.1997

    Dr Patricia Deegan hears voices in her head. She's a psychologist and she believes that the only ...Mental Health

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  • Plague Of Tics.

    52: Edge of Sanity 01.31.1997

    David Sedaris tells a story from his boyhood, when a voice inside his head commanded him to lick ...ChildhoodEducationFamily

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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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  • Finding Amnesia.

    42: Get Over It! 11.15.1996

    Who among us has not wanted amnesia to help get over someone or something? But the problem with ...Health Care/MedicineMental Health

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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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  • Act One.

    30: Obsession 07.26.1996

    A woman obsessed with the number 2. (11 minutes)ChildhoodMental Health

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  • Act Two.

    30: Obsession 07.26.1996

    A story by Lauren Slater about getting obsessive compulsive disorder. (19 minutes)ChildhoodMental Health

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  • Act Four.

    30: Obsession 07.26.1996

    A story of a woman who made a kitchen out of beads. (10 minutes)ArtMental Health

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  • Lies.

    18: Liars 03.28.1996

    The story of a woman whose husband lies to her compulsively. At some point, she starts to ask ...MarriageMental HealthPresidents

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