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January 01, 1990 - September 05, 2013 + This American Life

Plan B

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There's the thing you plan to do, and then there's the thing you end up doing. Most of us start off our lives with some...

Hot in My Backyard

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After years of being stuck, the national conversation on climate change finally started to shift — just a little — last year. This week, stories...

The Cruelty of Children

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Stories of kids being mean to each other...

Hit the Road

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Stories of people who feel compelled to get out and go somewhere. Including one man who decides to take a trip from Philadelphia to San...

Music Lessons

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What's frustrating about music lessons, what's miraculous about them, and what they actually teach us. Recorded in front of a live audience...

Picture Show

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Israeli soldiers take snapshots of Palestinian boys, one house at a time, in the middle of the night. This and other stories where the picture...

Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde

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Dr. Benjamin Gilmer gets a job at a rural clinic. He finds out he's replaced someone — also named Dr. Gilmer — who went to...

Play the Part

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We all play roles in life. Sometimes we're convincing. What happens when people take on unexpected roles? What happens when their audience believes them or...

Trends with Benefits

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The number of Americans receiving federal disability payments has nearly doubled over the last 15 years. Chana Joffe-Walt gives us a surprising view of the...

Starting From Scratch

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Stories of people starting over, sometimes because they want to, other times because they have to.

Reruns

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Stories of people stuck in their own personal reruns—moments or episodes that they revisit over and over again.

Harper High School, Part Two

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We pick up where we left off last week in our second hour of stories from Harper High School in Chicago.

Harper High School, Part One

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We spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29.

What I Did For Love 2013

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Love makes us do crazy things. But usually not this crazy. We have stories of people going to extremes as they fall in love, chase...

Self-Improvement Kick

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For the new year, we bring you stories about how far some people go in hopes of a better life.