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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from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

Look outside your window these days and what you see is a sci-movie with silent streets devoid of life. Here are a few movies that have turned empty cities into art.

A new genre: empty-space operas

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from Film Reviews

Bookkeeping at a restaurant has always been tricky. The coronavirus has made everything more tenuous.

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Bookkeeping at a restaurant has always been tricky. The coronavirus has made everything more tenuous.

from Good Food

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Turning your pies into works of art

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from Good Food

Matzo balls, charoset, chopped liver, brisket, potato kugel, and macaroons   all   make for the perfect Passover seder.

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Matzo balls, charoset, chopped liver, brisket, potato kugel, and macaroons all make for the perfect Passover seder.

from Good Food

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Food supply chain, virtual Passover, vegetarian Easter

The food supply chain has many links in order to get dinner on the table. We hear from a truck driver about  his challenges in getting products to grocery stores.

from Good Food

Earlier this week, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti suspended farmers markets until organizers can show their plans to keep people safe.

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Earlier this week, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti suspended farmers markets until organizers can show their plans to keep people safe.

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