This American Life

This American Life

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There's what happened, and there's the story that gets told about what happened. Sometimes the two things don't match up very well. Learn more at This American Life.

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This week, stories about people trying their best to turn themselves into something else—like a badger.

Even the best laid plans can go catastrophically wrong when humans get involved.

In hour two from Albertville, Alabama, we head into town, where a wave of immigrants has transformed the place.

The man whose views on immigration are the cornerstone of Trump administration policy — Attorney General Jeff Sessions — apparently came to his opinions on the issue from seeing what…

Spider-Man and other people with talents that cause them pain and suffering.

The story of Harold Washington, the greatest politician you've probably never heard of, and the political race war he set off when he became Chicago's first black mayor.

Stories of people who decide to rethink the way they've been doing things ... or try to get others to do that.

This week, blurring the line between animal and human.

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Women with Wrenches demystifies the often male-dominated field of auto repair and upkeep, teaching attendees the basics of car maintenance.

from KCRW Features

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from Live From

Critics review the latest film releases “Twisters,” “Oddity,” “Crossing,” and “Skywalkers: A Love Story.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

The Latest

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FX’s Emmy domination; ‘Shōgun’ makes awards history

The 2024 Emmy nominations are here, with lots of record-breaking nods and surprises to unpack — along with the strategy behind Disney’s acquisition of FX.

from The Business

Although Julian Assange is free and home in his native Australia, his story and decade-long suffering at the hands of the U.S.

Never forget Julian Assange

Although Julian Assange is free and home in his native Australia, his story and decade-long suffering at the hands of the U.S.

from Scheer Intelligence

The latest film releases are Twisters, Oddity, Crossing, and Skywalkers: A Love Story.

Weekend film reviews: ‘Twisters,’ ‘Oddity,’ ‘Crossing’

The latest film releases are Twisters, Oddity, Crossing, and Skywalkers: A Love Story.

from Weekend Film Reviews

Mexican tomatillo salsa, Indian green chutney, and Italian salsa verde — use them as condiments for grilled meat, fish, or tofu.

Try Mexican, Indian, Italian green sauces to enliven savory dishes

Mexican tomatillo salsa, Indian green chutney, and Italian salsa verde — use them as condiments for grilled meat, fish, or tofu.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Celebrated Canadian author Alice Munro died in May. But her daughter recently went public about being sexually abused by her stepfather and getting no support from her mom.

How to read Alice Munro’s stories — after revelations of abuse from her daughter?

Celebrated Canadian author Alice Munro died in May. But her daughter recently went public about being sexually abused by her stepfather and getting no support from her mom.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

In Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s new novel, the patriarch of the Fletcher family establishes a lucrative business after escaping the Holocaust, then gets kidnapped.

‘Long Island Compromise’: Can money truly buy security?

In Taffy Brodesser-Akner’s new novel, the patriarch of the Fletcher family establishes a lucrative business after escaping the Holocaust, then gets kidnapped.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

A paid summer program helps teenagers learn trade skills that are in high demand but usually not taught in classrooms.

LA teens gain cash and skills in high-demand trades

A paid summer program helps teenagers learn trade skills that are in high demand but usually not taught in classrooms.

from KCRW Features

We’re friends with benefits, but I want more! How do I keep things romantic with my spouse? My partner isn’t as excited about butt play as I am, help!

Friends with benefits with Ro ‘Wyldeflower’ Contreras

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from How’s Your Sex Life?