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  • 562: The Problem We All Live With 07.31.2015

    Right now, all sorts of people are trying to rethink and reinvent education, to get poor minority kids performing as well as white kids. But there's one thing nobody tries anymore, despite a lot ...
  • 561: NUMMI 2015 07.17.2015

    A car plant in Fremont California that might have saved the U.S. car industry. In 1984, General Motors and Toyota opened NUMMI as a joint venture. Toyota showed GM the secrets of its production ...

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  • 560: Abdi and the Golden Ticket 07.03.2015

    For July 4th, a story about someone who's desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American. Abdi is a Somali refugee living in Kenya and gets the ...

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  • 559: Captain's Log 06.26.2015

    A captain’s log is a simple thing: the date, the time, maybe the weather — and the current status of a long journey. You wouldn’t know from the cryptic notations what weird worlds lurk beneath. On ...

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  • 558: Game Face 05.29.2015

    Blair Braverman was a dog musher on an Alaskan glacier. One day the weather turned rough, and she and a pack of tourists were stuck. The worst part? They had to pretend like nothing was wrong. ...

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  • 557: Birds & Bees 05.15.2015

    Some information is so big and so complicated that it seems impossible to talk to kids about. This week, stories about the vague and not-so-vague ways to teach children about race, death and sex - ...

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  • 556: Same Bed, Different Dreams 05.01.2015

    Stories of people who are tied together, but imagine radically different futures. In one case, a movie star and her ex-husband plot against Kim Jong-Il. In another, a woman stalks her ...

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  • 555: The Incredible Rarity of Changing Your Mind 04.24.2015

    It’s rare for people to change what they believe, and if they do it, it’s usually a long process. This week, stories of those very infrequent instances where people’s opinions flip on fundamental ...

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  • 554: Not It! 04.10.2015

    Stories of people, cities, and commonwealths touching their noses and proclaiming "not it!" Including the story of how one city used a rocking chair to take retribution against a late night TV ...

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  • 553: Stuck In The Middle (2015) 04.03.2015

    Jan Brady is not the only one who hated being in the middle. This week we have stories about how it sucks to be in limbo or be the mediator, but we also hear from a man who absolutely loves being ...

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  • 552: Need To Know Basis 03.27.2015

    Even when you're not trying to get one over on someone, it can be useful to keep the truth to yourself. Or conversely, to not know why people are lying to your face all the time. This week we'll ...

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  • 551: Good Guys 2015 03.20.2015

    Yes fellas, lots of you think of yourselves as good guys. But what does it really take to be a good guy? We have stories of valiant men attempting to do good in challenging and not-so-challenging ...

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  • 550: Three Miles 03.13.2015

    There’s a program that brings together kids from two schools. One school is public and in the country’s poorest congressional district. The other is private and costs $43,000/year. They are three ...

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  • 549: Amateur Hour 02.27.2015

    This week, stories of people who are in put into positions they’re completely unqualified to handle … but who try to make it work anyway. Including one story of a tough group of soldiers who ...

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  • 548: Cops See It Differently, Part Two 02.13.2015

    Our second hour of stories about policing and race. We hear about one city where relations between police and black residents went terribly, and another city where they seem to be improving ...

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  • 547: Cops See It Differently, Part One 02.06.2015

    There are so many cops who look at the killing of Eric Garner or Mike Brown and say race didn't play a factor. And there are tons of black people who say that's insane. There's a division between ...

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  • 546: Burroughs 101 01.30.2015

    This American Life host Ira Glass was never into William Burroughs. Didn't get why people love his writing so much. Then he heard this radio story that changed all that, partly because it wasn't ...

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  • 545: If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS 01.23.2015

    It’s safe to say whatever you want on the Internet; nobody will know it’s you. But that same anonymity makes it possible for people to say all the awful things that make the Internet such an ...

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  • 544: Batman 01.09.2015

    Can other people's expectations of you alter what you can do physically? Alix Spiegel and Lulu Miller of NPR's new radio show and podcast Invisibilia investigate that question – specifically, ...

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