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657: The Runaways

September 21, 2018

A bunch of teenagers go missing from a town in Long Island. For months, the police treat them as runaways, ignoring the kids' parents, who k...

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656: Let Me Count the Ways

September 14, 2018

Yes, youʼve heard about the family separations. Youʼve heard about the travel ban. But there are dozens of ways the Trump administration is ...

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655: The Not-So-Great Unknown

August 24, 2018

What happens when unadventurous people end up in adventurous situations. Like an astronaut who goes to places no one has gone before, even t...

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654: The Feather Heist

August 10, 2018

A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds....

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653: Crime Scene

August 3, 2018

Every crime scene hides a story. In this week's show, we hear about crime scenes and the stories they tell....

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652: ICE Capades

July 20, 2018

Dispatches from a government agency in its tumultuous teenage years....

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651: If You Build It, Will They Come?

July 13, 2018

A young preacher opens a new church. A new restaurant reopens old wounds. This week, stories of people trying to build something that will l...

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650: Change You Can Maybe Believe In

June 29, 2018

An innocent man forgives the cop who framed him. An Argentinian talk show that usually treats women as objects suddenly gets really interest...

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649: It's My Party and I'll Try If I Want To

June 22, 2018

Democrats are desperate to retake part of Congress. Their best shot is the House. This fall, they’ll be slugging it out with Republicans—but...

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648: Unteachable Moment

June 8, 2018

Stories about people trying to learn something when no one is clear what the lesson is supposed to be....

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647: LaDonna

May 25, 2018

A security guard at the airport notices something going wrong on the tarmac, and takes it upon herself to fix it. It’s way harder than she e...

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646: The Secret of My Death

May 18, 2018

Cryptic messages on a cell phone and a teeter totter at a construction site: these are clues people found, trying to make sense of a death....

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645: My Effing First Amendment

May 4, 2018

Conservative students don't feel like their ideas are welcome on campus. So they're fighting back. We go to Nebraska, where one skirmish spi...

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644: Random Acts of History

April 27, 2018

Stories about people who accidentally bump into unsettling facts of history in settings meant to teach them history. What they end up learni...

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643: Damned If You Do…

April 13, 2018

It’s one thing to weigh pros and cons. But sometimes all you have is con and con. This week, stories of people having to make a choice, when...

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642: The Impossible Dream

April 6, 2018

Before he leaves the Senate for good, Republican Jeff Flake is trying to get a bill passed. He has his work cut out for him, with a Senate t...

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641: The Walls

March 16, 2018

Stories from border walls around the world, where one place ends and another begins. And the strange ecosystems that arise....

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640: Five Women

March 2, 2018

A different kind of #MeToo story, about several women who worked for the same man. They tell us not only about their troubling encounters wi...

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639: In Dog We Trust

February 23, 2018

Stories of dogs and cats and other animals that live in our homes. Exactly how much are they caught up in everyday family dynamics? We answe...

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638: Rom-Com

February 9, 2018

The one thing you know for sure when you're watching a romantic comedy is that it's going to turn out okay in the end. When you're living on...

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637: Words You Can't Say

February 2, 2018

In this politically charged climate, it feels like you have to be super careful with your language, no matter who you are or what side you'r...

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636: I Thought It Would Be Easier

January 19, 2018

A year into Trump’s presidency, stories of politicians—of both parties—unable to accomplish tasks that seem pretty straightforward....

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635: Chip in My Brain

January 12, 2018

A boy who can’t dribble gets a coach, a new best friend, and something to believe in....

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634: Human Error in Volatile Situations

December 22, 2017

Even the best laid plans can go catastrophically wrong when humans get involved. This week, people bungle simple operations on some of the m...

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633: Our Town - Part Two

December 15, 2017

So many people in Albertville, AL wondered what it cost them in taxes when thousands of undocumented immigrants moved to their town. One wom...

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