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This American Life
A weekly public radio show and podcast hosted by , and produced in collaboration with .
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This American Life 22h
Molly Shannon tells the story of when she and a friend evaded a whole lot of adults to travel half-way across the country, despite the fact that they were twelve years old and wearing tutus.
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This American Life Sep 17
. on how Oklahoma came to have the first publicly-funded pre-school system in the U.S., and how a man joined the fight because a cardboard box of evidence convinced him that pre-school was the smartest business decision the state could make.
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This American Life Sep 16
A boy rides shotgun in a memorable car ride with his mother, and in the process learns how his father earns money for their family.
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This American Life Sep 14
On the radio this weekend: Stories of people breaking the rules fully, completely and with no bad consequences.
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Serial Sep 13
We’re hiring! Serial Productions is looking for an experienced Managing Editor to oversee our growing production slate. Join our team and help us make new podcasts!
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This American Life Sep 11
. took a telemarketing job as a kind of temporary Plan B ... never suspecting that it would be a ten year chapter in his life.
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This American Life Sep 10
. talks with Barry Keenan, who was living a lot of people’s plan A in the early 60’s. He was successful. But when he lost his money and got hooked on painkillers, he switched to a Plan B. He decided to kidnap the 19-year-old Frank Sinatra Jr.
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Selected Shorts Sep 10
Rounding out our cast for Selected Shorts: Etgar Keret and Joyce Carol Oates is the one... the only... ! The host will join , , , and Becky Ann Baker on stage! Get tickets today:
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Serial Sep 9
We’re hiring! Serial Productions is looking for an experienced Managing Editor to oversee our growing production slate. Join our team and help us make new podcasts!
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This American Life Sep 9
. was becoming friends with a woman named Robin when they started to encounter an obstacle, a common obstacle people run into when the become friends as adults. So Robin invented a Plan B to solve the problem.
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This American Life Sep 8
. first encountered Cuervo Man on a small island owned by Jose Cuervo Tequila. Cuervo Man was wearing nothing but a Speedo, wraparound shades, and a red cape. Though the act was the man's Plan B, it had a power that John couldn't help but envy.
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This American Life Sep 7
On the radio this weekend: There's the thing you plan to do, and then there's the thing you end up doing. Most of us start off our lives with some Plan A, which we abandon...switching to a Plan B, which becomes our life.
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This American Life Sep 6
Nancy Updike and Jay Allison hang out for the graveyard shift – midnight to 8 a.m. – and find a surprising amount of romance at the rest stop.
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This American Life Sep 4
. observes the lunch rush at the highway rest stop’s busiest restaurant and stumbles into a behind-the-scenes romance.
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This American Life Sep 3
More stories from the Plattekill Travel Plaza: Lisa Pollak gets travel tips from Lenny Wheat, who works at the rest stop’s information booth. Jonathan Goldstein spends a few hours in the rest stop parking lot.
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This American Life Sep 1
At the Plattekill Travel Plaza, a rest stop on the New York State Thruway, meets Robert Woodhill, the general manager, who needs a good sales day so he can beat his friend Andy, who manages a rest stop in Maine, in their weekly competition.
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This American Life Aug 31
On the radio this weekend: Nine radio reporters. Two days. One rest stop on the New York State Thruway. Stories of people who are just passing through, and the ones who can’t leave, because this is where their jobs are.
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Brian Reed Aug 29
You can now stream , the strange and touching movie I EP’d, on , , and . If you didn’t catch it in theaters check it out at home!
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This American Life Aug 27
Cognitive processing therapy was designed for survivors of sexual assault and is also used for veterans with PTSD symptoms. tried the therapy—and recorded it.
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Daniel Hart Aug 25
I wrote some music for this week's episode, which focuses on a very intimate look at Cognitive Processing Therapy. I'm absolutely fascinated by the subject, and was honored to contribute a few short pieces to accompany their always exceptional storytelling. Enjoy!
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