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February 15 2014

22:32

February 14 2014

20:44

January 12 2014

21:33

Good Guys | This American Life

Lots of men think of themselves as "good guys." But what does it actually take to be one? To be a truly good guy. Stories of valiant men attempting to do good in challenging circumstances: in war zones, department stores, public buses, and at the bottom of a cave 900 feet underground. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/515/good-guys

January 03 2014

23:38

Episode 513: "129 Cars" - bleeped | This American Life

Our episode about a Long Island car dealership included lots of curse words. On the radio of course we have to bleep those, but we think it gives a better sense of what the place is like if you hear what the people actually said. So the language is unbleeped in the online version of the episode. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/513bleeped

December 17 2013

01:25

129 Cars | This American Life

We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they'll get a huge bonus from the manufacturer, possibly as high as $85,000 — enough to put them in the black for the month. If they don't make it, it'll be the second month in a row. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/513/129-cars

December 14 2013

21:16

129 Cars | This American Life

We spent a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they tried to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they made it, the dealer would get a huge bonus from the manufacturer, possibly as high as $85,000 — enough to put them in the black for the month. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/513/129-cars

November 25 2013

20:13

When Patents Attack! | This American Life

Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a controversial billionaire physicist in Seattle, a 40 pound cookbook, and a war waging right now, all across the software and tech industries. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/441/when-patents-attack

October 16 2013

15:45

505: Use Only as Directed | This American Life

One of the country's most popular over-the-counter painkillers — acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol — also kills the most people, according to data from the federal government. Over 150 Americans die each year on average after accidentally taking too much. And it requires a lot less to endanger you than you may know. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/505/use-only-as-directed

October 04 2013

19:19

Use Only as Directed | This American Life

One of the country's most popular over-the-counter painkillers — acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol — also kills the most people, according to data from the federal government. Over 150 Americans die each year on average after accidentally taking too much. And it requires a lot less to endanger you than you may know. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/505/use-only-as-directed

August 26 2013

01:24

Babysitting | This American Life

Stories of babysitters, and what goes on while mom and dad are away that mom and dad never find out about. Including the story of two teenagers who decide to invent children to babysit, as an excuse to get out of their own house. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/175/babysitting

August 19 2013

06:41

I Was Just Trying To Help | This American Life

Stories of people doing the noble thing and stepping up to help, only to find out that others think what they're doing isn't helping at all. Planet Money looks at a charity that's decided to just give people money, and a sheriff in California devises a plan to let farmers grow weed — as long as they register with him. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/503/i-was-just-trying-to-help

August 14 2013

07:16

This Call May Be Recorded... To Save Your Life | This American Life

A journalist named Meron Estefanos gets a disturbing tip. She's given a phone number that supposedly belongs to a group of refugees being held hostage in the Sinai desert. She dials the number, and soon dozens of strangers are begging her to rescue them. How can she ignore them? http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/502/this-call-may-be-recorded-to-save-your-life

July 29 2013

05:32

The View From In Here | This American Life

It's so easy to lose perspective (or worry you've lost perspective) when you're deep inside some situation. For instance, an American woman who suddenly trades her life for one in a place most people might think twice about: Juarez, Mexico. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/501/the-view-from-in-here

July 16 2013

11:40

314: It's Never Over – This American Life


A grown man tries to get to the bottom of why his schoolmates threw him in a lake 20 years earlier. And a woman buys a house on the cheap, with the understanding that the seller will soon vacate. Ten years later, she's still waiting.

June 23, 2006


    PROLOGUE

    Host Ira Glass talks to Jonathan Gold about the bully in high school who knocked Jonathan and his cello down the stairs one day as he was walking to history class - and why Jonathan felt a sudden surge of satisfaction about this almost three decades later. (4 minutes)

    ACT ONE: Who Takes The Class Out Of Class Reunion.

    Jon Rons on goes to his high school reunion to try to figure out why his schoolmates - his friends! - threw him in a lake when he was sixteen. The only trouble is, no one at the reunion seems to remember it quite the way he does. Jon is the author of the best-selling books Them and The Men Who Stare at Goats. His story comes from his BBC Radio 4 series Jon Ronson On..., which you also can hear in its original form on Jon's website. (16 minutes)

    ACT TWO: Deal Of A Lifetime.

    Writer Larry Doyle on a love that will not die, no matter how dead it is. (7 minutes)

    ACT THREE: Car Wars

    This American Life producer Sarah Koenig tells the story of how her stepsister Rue bought a house on the cheap, with the understanding that the previous owner would soon move out. More than ten years later, she's still waiting. (16 minutes)

    ACT FOUR: One Word: Timing.

    Television comedy writer Tami Sagher describes what can happen when you sit on a joke for years, as she did, before the perfect opportunity to tell it comes along. (11 minutes)

August 31 2012

19:57

Loopholes | This American Life

Only the clever need apply. This week, stories of people acting on a technicality in the face of some of life's toughest regulators: financial regulators, parents and God. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/473/loopholes

August 09 2012

18:30

TAL - 207: Special Ed

This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 1.7 million listeners. It is produced by Chicago Public Radio, distributed by Public Radio International, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. It is also often the most popular podcast in the country, with more than a half million people downloading each week. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/

March 17 2012

00:30

Home | This American Life

This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 1.7 million listeners. It is produced by Chicago Public Radio, distributed by Public Radio International, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. It is also often the most popular podcast in the country, with more than a half million people downloading each week. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/

January 23 2012

03:17

Continental Breakup | This American Life

If you're like us, when the words "European debt crisis" pop up in the news you feel a little worried, and a little like taking a nap. Turns out, there's a story behind this story. One that's filled with guilt, and drama, and betrayal, and 100-year-old dreams come true. Alex Blumberg of Planet Money guest hosts. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/455/continental-breakup

January 09 2012

04:20

Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory | This American Life

Mike Daisey was a self-described "worshipper in the cult of Mac." Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made. Mike wondered: Who makes all my crap? He traveled to China to find out. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/454/mr-daisey-and-the-apple-factory

November 14 2011

00:39

SO CRAZY IT JUST MIGHT WORK | This American Life

A few years ago a cancer researcher named Jonathan Brody gave a speech at his alma mater saying that people in his field really needed to think outside the box to find a cure. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/
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