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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August MacDonald finds peace in writing poems. She writes about brains and bodies and how humans are changing chameleons.

from Poetry Submissions

Jacqueline Chow loves bugs. Her poetry speaks to the true beauty of nature.

from Poetry Submissions

Troy Andrews, aka Trombone Shorty, is out with a new album called “Lifted.” He talks about growing up in a musical family and how New Orleans is a “magical city.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

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In LA, more than 2500 species were identified by about 1400 observers in this year’s City Nature Challenge. The western fence lizard was the most observed species.

Find LA's rare plants and animals through City Nature Challenge

In LA, more than 2500 species were identified by about 1400 observers in this year’s City Nature Challenge. The western fence lizard was the most observed species.

from Greater LA

Some popular TV shows won’t be returning next season, including “Black-ish,” “This Is Us,” “Ozark,” “Better Call Saul,” and “Killing Eve.”

Why TV viewers will miss ‘Black-ish,’ ‘This Is Us,’ ‘Ozark’

Some popular TV shows won’t be returning next season, including “Black-ish,” “This Is Us,” “Ozark,” “Better Call Saul,” and “Killing Eve.”

from Press Play with Madeleine Brand

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for May 17, 2022.

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for May 17, 2022

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for May 17, 2022.

Landmark Theatres will close their arthouse location on Pico Boulevard after 15 years. Is this the beginning of the end of indie theaters?

How movie lovers get entertained — and where — is changing

Landmark Theatres will close their arthouse location on Pico Boulevard after 15 years. Is this the beginning of the end of indie theaters?

from Greater LA

Landmark Theatres will close their arthouse location on Pico Boulevard after 15 years. Is this the beginning of the end of indie theaters?

Landmark on Pico shuts down. Issue is about real estate, not entertainment

Landmark Theatres will close their arthouse location on Pico Boulevard after 15 years. Is this the beginning of the end of indie theaters?

from Greater LA

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for May 16, 2022.

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for May 16, 2022

David Lynch Theater Presents: Weather Report for May 16, 2022.

Superstitions impact many aspects of our lives, but they can have a profound effect in health care.

Friday the 13th

Superstitions impact many aspects of our lives, but they can have a profound effect in health care.

from Second Opinion

Writer and lecturer Susan Cain explores the evolutionary reasons behind sadness in our lives and how accepting sorrow can lead to greater emotional resilience and creativity.

Bittersweet: Susan Cain on the joy of sweet sorrow

Writer and lecturer Susan Cain explores the evolutionary reasons behind sadness in our lives and how accepting sorrow can lead to greater emotional resilience and creativity.

from Life Examined