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Do Robot Babies Make Teens Want Real Babies?

Aug 25, 2016


Hillary Frank writes:

Last year, I did a story, “And Baby Makes 0011,” for This American Life and my podcast, The Longest Shortest Time, about robot babies. Y’know, those electronic baby dolls that some schools use in health class to scare kids out of getting pregnant. The babies are programmed to mimic real babies, crying at seemingly random times all day and night. And if you can’t properly diagnose whether the baby needs to be fed, changed, or comforted, your grade drops. Realityworks, the company that makes the computerized babies, says that 67% of school districts in the United States use their simulators, and that the program is used in 89 countries worldwide.

Refugee Camps in Greece: How to Help

Aug 9, 2016

Photo by Evangelos Maroudas

Miki Meek writes:

After listening to our most recent episodes—"Are We There Yet?" and "Don't Have to Live Like a Refugee"—some listeners have asked how they can help the refugees in Greece. There are many organizations there, including Doctors Without Borders and UNHCR. Here is a list of some of the groups we interacted with directly, with descriptions of some, but not all, of the work they do.

Ira and Mike’s New Movie Opens This Weekend!

Jul 22, 2016
Don't Think Twice

Ira writes:

I’m excited to say that the new film I made with Mike Birbiglia opens this weekend in New York, and all over the country in the next few weeks. It's a comedy called Don't Think Twice. It’s been amazing to see Mike grow as a writer-director since our first film Sleepwalk with Me. Leonard Maltin’s review says that this is his Annie Hall—"a coming-of-age for him as a true cinematic storyteller”—and I really agree.

Garrison Keillor on David Sedaris

Jun 7, 2016

Ira writes:

This is old but I just stumbled across it. I love so many things about it including the fact that Garrison starts his response with “A generous thought on your part, Ken” when in fact Ken is being kind of a dick.

"Videos 4 U: I Love You" wins an Emmy

May 2, 2016

A video we made with director Bianca Giaever won a 2016 Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Directing, Special Class. It was produced by This American Life producer Stephanie Foo, with Jonathan Figueroa of the production company M ss ng P eces.

Print version of "Anatomy of Doubt"

Mar 9, 2016

Our episode "Anatomy of Doubt," about a young rape victim whose story was doubted by the police and by some of the

The Totally Objective List of the 7 Best Turkey Fryer Fire Videos on the Internet

Dec 27, 2015

Stephanie Foo writes:

In this week’s show, I produced a story about the phenomenon of turkey deep fryer PSAs. Go listen to it here.

Serial Season Two starts... now.

Dec 9, 2015

Season Two of our spinoff show Serial has begun.

Host Sarah Koenig writes:

Hello, everyone. We’re back. Yes, at last!

Our New Yorker Cover!

Nov 30, 2015

Ira writes:

Cartoonist Chris Ware had the idea to make a New Yorker cover that would come to life as animation when you press “play,” for everyone who reads the magazine on iPad or smartphone.

Our show is 20 years old today!

Nov 17, 2015

Image: An early broadcast of This American Life. Photo by Jon Hughes.