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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

November 01 2013

13:40

Telephone: This American Life #90

Stories of who we are on the phone, of things we learn on the phone, and of things that happen on the phone that don't happen anywhere else.

October 24 2013

03:08

Superpowers 2013 | This American Life

This is an updated version of a classic episode, featuring a new story from Snap Judgment. We answer the following questions about superpowers: Can superheroes be real people? (No.) Can real people become superheroes? (Maybe.) And which is better: flight or invisibility? (Depends who you ask.) http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/508/superpowers-2013

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
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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 18 2013

17:43

430: Very Tough Love – This American Life


This week: A drug court program that we believe is run differently from every other drug court in the country, doing some things that are contrary to the very philosophy of drug court. The result? People with offenses that would get minimal or no sentences elsewhere sometimes end up in the system five to ten years.

March 25, 2011


On 4/15/2011, Ira Glass responded to a press release issued by Judge Williams' lawyer.

On 4/12/2011, We posted a clarification and a correction regarding this story.

On 11/10/2011, it was announced that Georgia's Judicial Qualifications Commission had filed 12 charges of misconduct against Judge Williams.

On 12/19/2011, it was reported that Judge Williams will step down from the bench.


    Ira reports from Glynn County Georgia on Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams and how she runs the drug courts in Glynn, Camden and Wayne counties. We hear the story of Lindsey Dills, who forges two checks on her parents' checking account when she's 17, one for $40 and one for $60, and ends up in drug court for five and a half years, including 14 months behind bars, and then she serves another five years after that - six months of it in Arrendale State Prison, the other four and a half on probation. The average drug court program in the U.S. lasts 15 months. But one main way that Judge Williams' drug court is different from most is how punitive it is. Such long jail sentences are contrary to the philosophy of drug court, as well as the guidelines of the National Association of Drug Court Professionals. For violating drug court rules, Lindsey not only does jail terms of 51 days, 90 days and 104 days, Judge Williams sends her on what she calls an "indefinite sentence," where she did not specify when Lindsey would get out. (30 minutes)

    We hear about how Brandi Byrd and many other offenders end up in Judge Williams' drug court. One reason drug courts were created was to save money by incarcerating fewer people. But in Judge Williams' program, people like Brandi end up in drug court - at a cost of $350 per month - who would've simply gotten probation in most other Georgia counties. When offenders like Brandi are kicked out of the program - and half of participants in Judge Williams' drug court program don't successfully complete it - they go into detention, at a cost of $17,000 per year. Brandi did two years.

    We also hear how one model drug court participant, Charlie McCullough, was treated by Judge Williams. (25 minutes)

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)

July 13 2013

07:58

61: Fiasco! – This American Life


Stories of when things go wrong. Really wrong. When you leave the normal realm of human error, fumble, mishap, and mistake and enter the territory of really huge breakdowns. Fiascos. Things go so awry that normal social order collapses. This week's show is a philosophical inquiry in the nature of fiascos - perhaps the first ever.

April 25, 1997


    <!-- <il> <b>PROLOGUE</b> <p> Ira tells the story about how Scott first got into radio. He was listening to a story on the radio one day, thought "I can do that," and promptly hitchhiked across the country to Washington, to the headquarters of NPR. (3 minutes) </p> </il> --> ACT ONE: Opening Night.

    Writer Jack Hitt tells the story of a small town production of Peter Pan, in which the flying apparatus smacks the actors into the furniture, and Captain Hook's hook flies off his arm and hits an old woman in the stomach. By the end of the evening, firemen have arrived and all the normal boundaries between audience and actors have completely dissolved. (23 minutes)

    ACT TWO: What We Were Trying To Do.

    A medieval village, a 1900-pound brass kettle, marauding visigoths, and a plan to drench invaders with boiling oil that goes awry. From Ron Carlson's book

07:51

181: The Friendly Man – This American Life


A special show, composed entirely of stories from just one This American Life contributor: Scott Carrier, whose strange and compelling stories sound like nothing else on the radio.

April 6, 2001


    PROLOGUE

    Ira tells the story about how Scott first got into radio. He was listening to a story on the radio one day, thought "I can do that," and promptly hitchhiked across the country to Washington, to the headquarters of NPR. (3 minutes)

    ACT ONE: The Test.

    At a fairly bleak time in his life, Scott took a job driving all over the state of Utah, interviewing people who were diagnosed with schizophrenia. His job was to administer a standard test, which measured mental health. The more interviews he conducted and the more familiar he became with the questions on the test, the more he began to wonder about his own sanity. (15 minutes)

    ACT TWO: The Friendly Man.

    It's another not-so-great period in Scott's life. This time he takes a job inside his profession, as a producer for a national commercial radio program. His boss is a nationally recognized host who Scott refers to only as "The Friendly Man." Again, things don't go so well. (16 minutes)

    ACT THREE: Who Am I? What Am I Doing Here?

    Scott goes on a quest to discover if the amnesia in the movies-where someone gets bonked on the head and forgets everything-ever happens in real life. And if so, could he, somehow, get it to happen to him? (13 minutes)

    ACT FOUR: The Day Mom And Dad Fell In Love.

    Scott interviews his 11-year-old daughter about his marriage. She sheds light on the previous three stories in the show. (7 minutes)

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