When we decided to record a bunch of car salesmen as they tried to make their monthly sales quota, we had no idea the mayhem and drama we’d capture on tape.
A story whose details are so amazing, it’s hard to believe it’s true. I love how our picture of the mom changes when she finally shows up at the last act.
Convicted murderers put on a play about a murder. A group of inmates at a high-security prison stage a production of Hamlet.
Drenched in feeling, really funny, and – if you’re going through a break-up right now – weirdly comforting. Also: Phil Collins, as you’ve never ever heard him.
I visit David Sedaris in Paris. And Janet McDonald gives a funny, sharp-eyed look at what it’s like to be a Black American ex-pat there.
One day in a Chicago diner, from 5 a.m. till 5 a.m. the next morning. This was our first try at doing a whole episode in one location.
Chana Joffe-Walt starts this one as a story about two high schools and a girl who freaks out on a class trip, but it ends up being about something so much bigger and more disturbing.
The third act is my favorite interview I’ve ever done. Full of surprises, my interviewee shows such bemused and impressive grace toward a parent who did him wrong. The rest is great too.
We did this shortly after 9/11, but it’s more universal than that, a portrait of life on an aircraft carrier. I’m honestly not a good enough writer to convey what’s so special about it. Just listen.
Winner of the first Pulitzer ever awarded to a radio show or podcast. For "revelatory, intimate journalism” about President Trump’s 'Remain in Mexico' policy.
Zoe Chace did a spectacular job covering the Republican Party’s gradual embrace of Donald Trump, including this – about a town going nuts over immigration, shocking even hardcore conservatives there.
How doubt about an 18-year-old’s story of sexual assault started, spread and took hold of an entire community.
A Guatemalan living in the U.S. got a phone call from a woman who told him that two boys had been abducted during the massacre — and he was one of them.
A step-by-step explanation of the 2008 housing crisis, where you meet the people who brought down the U.S. economy. This episode of our show spawned NPR’s Planet Money podcast.
Jack Hitt starts with two guys who got thrown into Gitmo for telling a joke, and then gives a shockingly entertaining explanation of why depriving Guantanamo prisoners of all rights might be a bad idea.
This is one of my favorite things we did to cover the Iraq War. A vivid and surprisingly funny hour in Baghdad that Nancy Updike wrote the hell out of.
In these dark, combative times, Bim Adewunmi suggested the most radical counterprogramming imaginable: an episode of stories about delight.
Two perfect stories: One, about a telephone booth a man sets up after a natural disaster, so families can “call” their dead loved ones. And a gorgeous, funny Jonathan Goldstein story.
A very different kind of #metoo story, from Chana Joffe-Walt, about several women who all worked for the same man, their histories, and how they dealt with him
I love the weird mission Neil Drumming brought to this show: to find real life stories with the kind of plot points you’d see in romantic comedies.
We listen in as self-taught detective Lissa Yellow Bird cracks a case over the phone, in a series of intense and remarkable calls.