642: The Impossible Dream

March 30, 2018

Producer Zoe Chace spent four months embedded with Republican Senator Jeff Flake as he tried to navigate a president who dislikes him and Re...

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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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632: Our Town - Part One

December 8, 2017

We spent eight months and did over a hundred interviews to try to bypass the usual rhetoric and get to the bottom of what really happened wh...

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631: So a Monkey and a Horse Walk Into a Bar

November 10, 2017

This week, blurring the line between animal and human....

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630: Things I Mean to Know

October 27, 2017

There are so many facts about the world that we take for granted—without ever questioning how we know them. Of course the earth revolves aro...

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629: Expect Delays

October 20, 2017

We all love to travel to different places, but not many of us like the stressful, banal process of the journey. This week, stories about del...

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628: In the Shadow of the City 2017

October 13, 2017

Stories that take place on the edge of civilization, just out of sight....

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627: Suitable for Children

October 6, 2017

This week we ask: who thought that would be good for a kid? Neil Drumming looks back at a toy he loved that, in retrospect, probably wouldn’...

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626: White Haze

September 22, 2017

Right-wing groups like the Proud Boys say they have no tolerance for racism or white supremacist groups. Their leader Gavin McInnes disavowe...

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625: Essay B

September 8, 2017

In 1967, the first two black students were enrolled at an all-white private boarding school in Virginia. The main reason they were there? To...

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624: Private Geography

September 1, 2017

Everyone walks around on their own private map of the world. The places we’re from and how they made us, whether we like it or not....

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623: We Are in the Future

August 18, 2017

One of our producers, Neil Drumming, has recently become fascinated with Afrofuturism. It's more than sci-fi. It’s a way of looking at black...

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622: Who You Gonna Call?

August 4, 2017

When everything goes wrong, one of the first things we think is, "Who do I call?" This week, stories of lucky people who have found the exac...

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621: Fear and Loathing in Homer and Rockville

July 21, 2017

Two towns where people got really upset about undocumented immigrants, even though in both places, that did not seem to be the most importan...

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620: To Be Real

July 14, 2017

Most of the time, we show the world a pretty superficial version of ourselves. "How about that weather?" But this week—people who try to go ...

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619: The Magic Show

June 30, 2017

Just a few years before he got the internship at NPR that started him in radio, our host Ira Glass had another career. He performed magic at...

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618: Mr. Lie Detector

June 9, 2017

A polygraph operator and his strange journey. And other stories....

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