Among the big items in DeSantis's run for president is medical freedom. Producer Zoe Chace wanted to understand its appeal and its growing popularity.
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Producer Elna Baker meets Todd Sklar, a man who can’t quit rats. (22 minutes)
Ira Glass introduces Nancy Updike, one of This American Life's founding producers.
Yang Yi, in China, tells the story of a strange journey he took that started at home and ended at home. But somehow took a very long path. Yang Yi’s podcast is called Go LIVE.
Brian and Peg disagree over a very important thing. Host Ira Glass tries to figure out who’s right.
At Sullivan High School in Chicago, being able to communicate is key. (5 minutes)
To cope with the COVID pandemic, producer Sean Cole finds himself turning to a movie about a pandemic. But the virus in this movie isn’t like any you’ve ever heard of.
Guest host Chana Joffe-Walt talks to a carpenter whose job output went from fixing doors to something more urgent in the last year. (9 minutes)
Station agent Moneta Lewis worked underground to shepherd disappearing commuters during the darkest days of the pandemic.
The pandemic forced restaurant server Shelly Ortiz to put on her “Covid Goggles.” What she saw through them made her reevaluate her ideas of what’s important.
In Maine, early childhood educator Miss Jordyn Rossignol had several members of her workforce quit. But none hit her quite as hard as Shania.
What does “thank you” actually look like? And who gets one? For Flato Alexander and other essential workers, all sorts of symbols that hadn’t bothered them much before suddenly became unbearable.
Elna Baker investigates the “Shot Girl Summer” phenomenon.
Producer Chana Joffe-Walt wondered what it was like for surviving MTA employees coping with the loss of their co-workers due to Covid-19. She met one in particular who’s had a hard time saying goodbye.
One of the 590,000 casualties of U.S. Covid-19 this year was Leiah Danielle Jones.
Host Ira Glass goes to a block in New York City where, over a year into the pandemic, neighbors are still clapping for health care workers every night at 7 p.m. (7 minutes)
Dee Brown’s routine is thrown totally out of whack when Covid hits.
You can’t get herd immunity until you deal with the herd, and get enough of them moving together in the same direction. That’s been difficult this past year, in a way it’s never been during any other epidemic in our history.
Reporter Anna Maria Barry-Jester tells the story of two public health officials in Santa Cruz County, California, whose lives have been completely upended by threats and harassment over the past year. (20 minutes)This story is a collaboration with Kaiser Health News. You can read their version here.
David Kestenbaum follows one person as they try to find something—a set of words, some facts, a story—to convince Trump Republicans to get themselves vaccinated.
Host Ira Glass takes us on a tour of the various ways the pandemic has affected going to college this year.
Reporter Paul Tough and Host Ira Glass look at the biggest change in admissions this year: colleges no longer requiring the SATs. Paul speaks to a student whose SAT score determined her future.
Fewer than 40 million Americans have gotten the vaccine so far, which leaves a lot of people jealous and wondering what happens inside those little rooms.
Firefighter and paramedic Sam Gebler gets a glimpse of what lurks beneath the surface of a sunny California afternoon.