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January 01, 1990 - March 01, 2013 + This American Life

How to Create a Job

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It seems like every politician has a different plan for putting people back to work. Some want to cut taxes, others want to offer huge...

This Week

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An hour of stories about this week, from major news events, like what's happening in Egypt; to the most minor, like a child who's finally...

Prom Night

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While the seniors danced at Prom Night 2001 in Hoisington, Kansas—a town of about 3,000—a tornado hit the town, destroying about a third of it...

Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

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A girl signs up for a class. A couple hires an accountant. A group of co-workers decides to pool their money and buy a couple...

Fine Print 2011

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Stories where reading the fine print — and obeying it — changes everything.

Know When to Fold 'Em

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This week,  the story of an entire country deciding whether to give up on just one of it's citizens, when to hold 'em in order...

See No Evil

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When things are awkward, uncomfortable or distressing, a lot of times it's easier to not think about it. This week, stories of people pretending that...

Very Tough Love

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This week, a drug court program that we believe is run differently from every other drug court in the country, doing some things that are...

Save the Day

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Stories about one person single-handedly taking charge of a situation gone wrong.

Will They Know Me Back Home?

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Stories of people who've grown so accustomed to wartime that the lives they've left behind no longer make sense...

Oh You Shouldn't Have

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Stories about the perils of giving and receiving gifts: ones that go over spectacularly well in spite of being in poor taste, and ones that...

DIY

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After four lawyers fail to get an innocent man out of prison, his friend takes on the case himself, and becomes a do-it-yourself investigator...

Parent Trap

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Stories about imposing a special brand of adult wisdom on those who are younger, and least likely to escape...or forget. Including a story about a...

Original Recipe

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The formula for Coca-Cola is one of the most jealously guarded trade secrets in the world. Locked in a vault in Atlanta. Supposedly unreplicable. But...

Backstage at The Onion

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They start with over 600 potential headlines for their fake-news newspaper each week, and over the course of two days, in the very tough room...