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July 13 2013

07:03

This American Life: 500

500: 500! JUL 12, 2013 To celebrate our 500th episode, Ira asked the producers of This American Life to talk about their very favorite moments on the show. Some chose stories that've been more or less forgotten for years; others chose just one line of script, or a segment that secretly made them cry. So for our 500th, we bring you the best of This American Life — the way we've been hearing it, behind the scenes, all these years. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/500/500

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/

March 15 2012

07:47

Jack Hitt On 'Making Up The Truth'

Greener Computers? Our smartphones and computers have power limitations. Battery life can be short, power is expensive, and computer chips can only store so much. Adrian Sampson is working to create "greener" software that would make computers more efficient. We'll hear about the new designs http://www.kuow.org/program.php?id=26240

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

December 05 2011

02:48

This American Life Poultry Slam

Third Act is a really good: "In order to make foie gras - goose liver - the birds have to be treated inhumanely, strapped down and force-fed huge amounts of food. So when a chef named Dan Barber heard about Eduardo Sousa, a Spaniard who had supposedly found a way to make foie gras without mistreating the animals, Dan didn't believe it... until he went to Spain to investigate. Dan runs the New York restaurant"

November 17 2011

21:38

This American Life #37: The Job That Takes Over Your Life

Radio producer Scott Carrier quit his job at a low moment in his life. His wife left him and took the kids. And he got a job interviewing schizophrenics for some medical researchers. After doing it a while, he began to wonder if he was a schizophrenic himself. And more stories.

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/

October 30 2011

02:46

Right to Remain Silent | This American Life

Stories about people who have the right to remain silent... but choose not to exercise that right—including police officer Adrian Schoolcraft, who secretly recorded his supervisors telling officers to manipulate crime statistics and make illegal arrests. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/414/right-to-remain-silent

July 11 2011

18:16

Game Changer | This American Life

A professor in Pennsylvania makes a calculation, to discover that his state is sitting atop a massive reserve of natural gas—enough to revolutionize how America gets its energy. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/440/game-changer

June 27 2011

04:00

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/

June 20 2011

22:41

Father's Day 2011 | This American Life

Yes yes yes you've heard it all before, when it comes to stories of fathers and their children. There's the story of the kid who idolizes his dad, but then learns something and becomes disappointed. Or the opposite story, where the kid gives up on his dad when he's still young, and then much later comes to have a grudging respect. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/438/fathers-day-2011

June 06 2011

03:10

Old Boys Network | This American Life

Stories about standing up to the man—or, really, the men. Nurses at a small Texas hospital report a well-connected doctor for dangerous medical practices, and find themselves under arrest. Plus...how political operators in Chicago get to be judges. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/437/old-boys-network

May 31 2011

02:33

million dollar idea

Back in the 1980s Michael Larson made the most money ever on the game show Press Your Luck. And it was no accident—Larson had a plan to get rich that surprised everyone: The home viewers, the show's producers and mostly Larson himself. This and other stories of million dollar ideas, including some from our listeners. http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/412/million-dollar-idea

May 02 2011

20:06

It's Showtime for Ira Glass, 'This American Life'

Ira Glass is the host of the popular public radio program This American Life. A TV version of his show will premiere on Showtime in March. What will it be like to make the transition?

April 01 2011

19:22

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. (Transcript.) http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/430/very-tough-love

March 21 2011

13:45

This American Life 282

This episode made me cry...

March 04 2011

16:08

This American Life

This episode made me cry...
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