Alex Edelman grew up in an Orthodox Jewish household in Boston. But one year, unexpectedly, his family decided to celebrate Christmas – for what he says are very Jewish reasons.
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Ira Glass brings us back to the moment of celebration when the anti-gerrymandering constitutional amendment was passed in Ohio.
A group of 6th grade boys are bothered by their teacher’s behavior. They complain, but no one listens.
Amy Bloom tells the story of her husband, Brian, getting Alzheimer's and wanting assisted suicide. Her search to find a way to do that led her to Dignitas, in Switzerland.
Comedian Zarna Garg tells jokes onstage about the extreme ways she tries to control her daughter Zoya’s life.
A person cannot be summarized in a sentence.
Margus Morrison was a school bus aide, father of six.
Mike McFarland tells Ira about trying to get a message to someone under the most critical deadline imaginable—emphasis on the “imagine.” (8 minutes)
As a joke, Jessica Williamson posts a fake “CAT FOUND” poster with pictures of a possum instead of a cat. To her surprise, she gets hundreds of phone calls that ultimately shift her view on humanity.
Host Ira Glass reminds us that, before they change the country, all major Supreme Court cases start with just a person, in a place. (3 minutes)
Host Ira Glass walks through possible next steps with a pro-life activist who worked on the Texas SB8 bill, that set a precedent for enforcement of abortion bans throughout the country.
Ira talks with Cassidy, a 10-year-old who has to take a very long route when he encounters an unfamiliar word in a book.
Elna Baker tells Ira about two detectives who solved a murder remarkably quickly, especially considering that they were still in middle school.
There's a whole infrastructure that springs into action when a mass shooting occurs. There's the police and SWAT teams, the Red Cross, the Billy Graham prayer truck, therapy dogs.
Two co-workers notice something off about the new guy at work.
Ken had created a website and abandoned it. Years later, a stranger reaches out to him and tells him he can make money off it.
Ira Glass follows Ken as he tries to figure out whether or not the man who reached out to him actually scammed him. Ken learns about a mysterious bot that may have been involved and worries his life may be in danger.
Host Ira Glass talks to one of the suspects. Ken learns who is behind the bot and who isn’t.
Host Ira Glass plays recordings of a woman named Katia in Kyiv, dealing with the quotidian challenges of life — like taking the dog out to pee — in the middle of the war. (7 minutes)We found out about Katia from the podcast Vice News Reports, a show with a lot of great reporting on the war in Ukraine, plus stories that are unfolding all over the world.
Host Ira Glass zooms in on five surreal minutes of Hungary’s opposition campaign. (5 minutes)
Like a lot of parents, Yibin Li’s dad dedicated himself to making sure his daughter stayed on a path that would lead her to a better life than his. But the obstacles her dad had to surmount to achieve this are unlike those any parent anywhere has faced.
Ira’s story of Yibin Li continues.
Late at night on the evening Russia invaded Ukraine, Ira talks to two people who escaped to Lviv, near the Polish border: a woman we call Natalie, and the Ukraine Correspondent for The Economist, Richard Ensor. Natalie’s harrowing story about escaping Kyiv is not the sort of war story that makes you think, "I can't imagine what it'd be like to go through that.” In fact it’s just the opposite.
Vladmir Putin’s approval rating among Russians is always stunningly high. Ira talks to reporter Charles Maynes to find out if that number is real and how it could be that high.