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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Ideological schisms favoring conservative views and controversies within religious institutions are turning many young people off religion.

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Ideological schisms favoring conservative views and controversies within religious institutions are turning many young people off religion.

from Greater LA

The United Methodist Church is facing a possible split over the issue of same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy.

Conflicting views on LGBTQ issues at two Methodist churches

The United Methodist Church is facing a possible split over the issue of same-sex marriage and LGBTQ clergy.

from Greater LA

Denyse Barnes remembers exactly how she felt the day her church decided she could no longer become a pastor.

Methodists split over same-sex marriage, queer clergy

Denyse Barnes remembers exactly how she felt the day her church decided she could no longer become a pastor.

from Greater LA

Vanderbilt, the mother of CNN journalist Anderson Cooper, was known for vivid paintings and collages, and for designing glamorous jeans.

Artist, heiress and designer Gloria Vanderbilt dies at 95

Vanderbilt, the mother of CNN journalist Anderson Cooper, was known for vivid paintings and collages, and for designing glamorous jeans.

from NPR

Medical decisions are complex and we often rely on our values and preferences rather than exclusively on the science.

When making medical decisions we often act irrationally

Medical decisions are complex and we often rely on our values and preferences rather than exclusively on the science.

from Second Opinion

Chef   Brandon Go   recently turned heads when he earned his first Michelin star only a year and a half after opening   Hayato   at the   Row DTLA  .

Bill Addison raves about the Michelin-starred Hayato at the Row DTLA

Chef Brandon Go recently turned heads when he earned his first Michelin star only a year and a half after opening Hayato at the Row DTLA .

from Good Food

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg has written a   memoir about his Southern upbringing  .

Rick Bragg remembers his mother’s Southern table

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Rick Bragg has written a memoir about his Southern upbringing .

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