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.

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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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Emmy nominations are out , and HBO has at least for this year bested rival Netflix.

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Chef   Thomas Ortega   calls his culinary style “pocho cuisine,” implying a seamless relationship between his American and Mexican influences.

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Actress Sarah Scott on SAG-AFTRA in the Me Too era.

Sarah Scott was a working actress in Hollywood with the usual ups and downs of a life in the entertainment industry.

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This Sunday, July 21 marks the one-year anniversary of Jonathan Gold's passing.   Amy Scattergood   was one of the late restaurant critic's collaborators at the   LA Times  .

One year after Jonathan Gold

This Sunday, July 21 marks the one-year anniversary of Jonathan Gold's passing. Amy Scattergood was one of the late restaurant critic's collaborators at the LA Times .

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Eater just released its long awaited list of   best new restaurants   in the country.

Eater releases its standout new restaurants—and two are from LA

Eater just released its long awaited list of best new restaurants in the country.

from Good Food

Amy Scattergood of the LA Times remembers her partnership with Jonathan Gold, one year after his passing. Eater releases its Best New Restaurants list.

One year after Jonathan Gold

Amy Scattergood of the LA Times remembers her partnership with Jonathan Gold, one year after his passing. Eater releases its Best New Restaurants list.

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Josh Pressman and Jihee Kim are the chefs and partners behind   Dandi ,  a tasting menu experience in Koreatown’s Hotel Normandie.

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Josh Pressman and Jihee Kim are the chefs and partners behind Dandi , a tasting menu experience in Koreatown’s Hotel Normandie.

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