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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Live music shows are cancelled during the pandemic, but one American conductor has come up with an idea to bring performances to people’s front lawns.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

COVID-19 cases are rising in LA County, but film and television industries still got the green light to resume production. Extra precautions must be taken on set.

from Greater LA

On a July afternoon at Balboa Park in the San Fernando Valley, some 100 mostly-masked Angelenos are fishing, playing, and picnicking.

from Greater LA

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from Arts & Culture Stories

What if, out of nowhere, you started hearing a low-frequency rumble, like a truck idling right outside your home, in the middle of the night, every night for weeks and months on end --…

Can You Hear That?

What if, out of nowhere, you started hearing a low-frequency rumble, like a truck idling right outside your home, in the middle of the night, every night for weeks and months on end --…

from Nocturne

In author and cultural historian Sam Wasson's new book, 'The Big Goodbye', he tells us that the 1970s ended in Hollywood in 1974, with the release of the epochal film 'Chinatown'.

Sam Wasson: 'The Big Goodbye'

In author and cultural historian Sam Wasson's new book, 'The Big Goodbye', he tells us that the 1970s ended in Hollywood in 1974, with the release of the epochal film 'Chinatown'.

from The Treatment

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This week: Talk about mobility in the age of staying in place; celebrate the life of FoLAR founder Lewis MacAdams; take a hike in LA County; couch surf design shows; learn about…

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To stay afloat during the pandemic, restaurants and bartenders are making cocktails for delivery or pick-up.

Evan Kleiman’s favorite to-go cocktails in LA and OC

To stay afloat during the pandemic, restaurants and bartenders are making cocktails for delivery or pick-up.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

“It’s usually a group of friends, or maybe two cars will pull up together, and they’ll pull out some folding chairs and then have an al-fresco picnic.

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“It’s usually a group of friends, or maybe two cars will pull up together, and they’ll pull out some folding chairs and then have an al-fresco picnic.

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for July 13, 2020.

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for July 13, 2020

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for July 13, 2020.