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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The nonprofit No Us Without You has been helping undocumented restaurant employees. They’re now serving more than 1,300 families.

from KCRW Features

Since the beginning of the pandemic, rats seem to be more prominent in every major city.

from Greater LA

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from KCRW Features

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from Good Food

Frank Zappa was the sardonic anti-hero of LA’s music scene in the 1960s. He was a relentless workaholic when rock stars were laid back.

New documentary explores Frank Zappa’s complexity as a father, musician and activist

Frank Zappa was the sardonic anti-hero of LA’s music scene in the 1960s. He was a relentless workaholic when rock stars were laid back.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Since the beginning of the pandemic, rats seem to be more prominent in every major city.

More aggressive rats and busier exterminators during COVID-19

Since the beginning of the pandemic, rats seem to be more prominent in every major city.

from Greater LA

The Hammer Museum’s biennial, “Made in L.A. 2020: a version,” is still closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Art Insider: ‘Made in L.A.’ 2020 is still closed to the public. We take you inside

The Hammer Museum’s biennial, “Made in L.A. 2020: a version,” is still closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions.

from Arts & Culture Stories

This week Elvis sits down with actor and director Alex Winter, whose new documentary “Zappa” chronicles the life and performance of avant-garde rocker Frank Zappa.

Alex Winter: ‘Zappa’

This week Elvis sits down with actor and director Alex Winter, whose new documentary “Zappa” chronicles the life and performance of avant-garde rocker Frank Zappa.

from The Treatment

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for November 24, 2020.

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for November 24, 2020

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for November 24, 2020.

Public health officials have suspended outdoor dining in LA County for the next three weeks — starting 10 p.m. this Wednesday. Restaurants are still allowed to do takeout and delivery.

Independent restaurant owner on LA suspending outdoor dining ahead of Thanksgiving

Public health officials have suspended outdoor dining in LA County for the next three weeks — starting 10 p.m. this Wednesday. Restaurants are still allowed to do takeout and delivery.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for November 23, 2020.

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for November 23, 2020

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for November 23, 2020.