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January 01, 1990 - February 16, 2013 + This American Life

Later that Same Day

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Despite the pretty title, most of the stories in this show don't actually happen in one day. In fact, there's a huge passage of time....

Enemy Camp

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Stories of enemies who become friends, friends who become enemies, and the ever-shifting line between friendly and hostile territory. A priest who once covered up...

Media Fringe

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Scott Carrier took a job in commercial radio working for a network correspondent he refers to as "The Friendly Man." Every story he was sent...

Trail of Tears

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Writer Sarah Vowell and her twin sister re-trace the "Trail of Tears" -- the route their Cherokee ancestors took when expelled from their own land...

I'm In Charge Now

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Tye Thomas was only 21 when he was elected mayor of Gun Barrel City, TX, the youngest elected official in the town's history. At 22,...

Lost in Translation

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In this show, the story of how Colin Pine, a 5' 9" East Asian language specialist who couldn't make his high school basketball team, ended...

Perfect Evidence

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After a decade in which DNA evidence has freed over 100 people nationwide, it's become clear that DNA evidence isn't just proving wrongdoing by criminals,...

The Other Man

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Stories about what happens when a new guy comes on the scene, and changes the way everyone who was already there relates to each other.

Regime Change

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Sure, John Kerry got in trouble for using the phrase, but we have no fear. Because we know that regime change, like charity, begins at...

The Balloon Goes Up

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As the attack on Iraq begins, we read a soldier's emails about the war so far: "We all just wonder, just like the people back...

Say Anything

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Does talking about it really help? Stories where it does, and stories where it doesn't, including Michael Bernard Loggins, who tried to battle his fears...

Come Back to Afghanistan

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This summer, a seventeen-year-old who grew up in California travelled with his father to their home country, Afghanistan. He took a tape recorder with him....

This American Life Pledge Drive Special

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This week's special edition of This American Life features segments from the following previously aired programs: Testosterone Suckers Reruns

Before It Had A Name

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Stories about that eerie, unsettling period, before something has a name ... when you're sick but you don't know what the illness is ... when...

Secret Government

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It's been said often that the Bush Administration is one of the most secretive Presidencies ever. But really, just what does that mean? Three case...