If there is intelligent life elsewhere in the universe, why haven’t we heard from them yet?
Stories about both historical and modern-day swashbucklers who loot, pillage, and question their choices.

Brian Reed, host of S-Town, talked to Jimmy Fallon about how a chance email sent by a fascinating Alabama antique clock restorer led to the podcast.

As part of The Tonight Show’s Mixtape series, Brian Reed shared what podcasts he’s listening to, plus the storytelling styles that helped inspire S-Town.

Before Trump started his presidential campaign, there was a congressional race that redefined what was possible in American politics.
What it's actually like to live in the confusing information landscape that is Putin's Russia.
A surgeon takes out his own appendix in what might be one of the most daring surgeries ever performed.
Teenage girls ask for advice about their love lives, and Ira's tribute to his very grown-up friend Mary.
A show about rules and what happens when they’re vague and randomly enforced.

People going to very extreme measures to demonstrate their feelings.

We document what happened when the President’s executive order went into effect temporarily banning travel from seven countries.

Some people are super-stoked for the political changes that are coming.

Why has it been so hard for us to get the tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans that have helped the U.S. to safety?
Stories from people who want something desperately and then have their wishes fulfilled. Or do they?
Stories of kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions.

Samantha Broun interviews her mom about surviving a brutal attack 20 years ago that ended up changing Pennsylvania law regarding life sentences.

Stories of people who decide to rethink the way they’ve been doing things.

People around the country talking about the coming four years after Trump's election.

A story about Hillary Clinton that offers a different picture than what we’ve been hearing from both sides during the campaign.

The third song we commissioned on the eve of the 2016 election. Broadway composer Michael Friedman imagined what RNC Chairman Reince Priebus might be thinking, but not expressing publicly. John Ellison Conlee sang.

Just before the 2016 election, we asked the Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to imagine what Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was feeling, but couldn’t say publicly, about Donald Trump. Neil Patrick Harris sang the part of Paul Ryan.

15 million people watched this on Facebook. Right before the 2016 election, we asked Sara Bareilles to imagine what President Obama might be thinking about Donald Trump, but couldn’t say publicly. Leslie Odom Jr. sang. 

Ira on how the three original songs for the 2016 election came about. 

Right now a lot of Republicans feel like they don’t recognize their own party.