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This American Life-2014-06-23

#504: How I Got Into College

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Students all over are starting college this month, and some of them still have a nagging question: what, exactly, got me in? An admissions officer tells us the most wrongheaded things applicants try. And Michael Lewis has the incredible story of how a sto
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#492: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Dr. Benjamin Gilmer (left) gets a job at a rural clinic. He finds out he’s replaced someone — also named Dr. Gilmer (picture) — who went to prison after killing his own father. But the more Benjamin’s patients talk about the other Dr. Gilmer,
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#532: Magic Words

Sunday, August 17, 2014

When Jonathan Goldstein was a kid, his father gave him a book that promised to teach you how to shoot mental laser beams, win the lottery, move solid objects with your mind, make others obey your command – all through the use of mental power and magic wor
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#245: Allure of the Mean Friend

Sunday, August 10, 2014

What is it about them, our mean friends? They treat us badly, they don't call us back, they cancel plans at the last minute, and yet we come back for more. Popular bullies exist in business, politics, everywhere. How do they stay so popular?
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#339: Break-Up

Sunday, August 03, 2014

Writer Starlee Kine on what makes the perfect break-up song and whether really sad music can actually make you feel better. Plus, an eight-year-old author of a book about divorce, and other stories from the heart of heartbreak.
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#531: Got Your Back

Sunday, July 27, 2014

There is a special comfort that comes from knowing someone's got your back. You can do things that just weren't possible before. You take huge risks, including some that aren't necessarily advisable. This week: stories where one person's powerlessness is
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#530: Mind Your Own Business

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Stories of meddling, snooping, and just getting way, way up in other people's business. A cellphone hidden in a bag of chips starts a messy turf war between the FBI and a local sheriff; and a surprising handbook lets us peek into the secret world of profe
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#293: A Little Bit of Knowledge

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Stories about the pitfalls of knowing just a little bit too little.
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#241: 20 Acts in 60 Minutes

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Instead of the usual "each week we choose a theme, and bring you 3 or 4 stories on that theme" business, we throw all that away and bring you 20 stories—yes, 20—in 60 minutes.
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#529: Human Spectacle

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Gladiators in the Colosseum. Sideshow performers. Reality television. We've always loved to gawk at the misery or majesty of others. But this week, we ask the question: What's it like when the tables are turned and all eyes are on you?
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#528: The Radio Drama Episode

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Our most ambitious live show ever! (get the video!) We pulled together a massive team of theater pros at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House – nearly 50 singers, actors, dancers and musicians. The result? Journalism turned into a Broadway musical
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#527: 180 Degrees

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Flipflops, u-turns, changes of heart, about faces. Completely changing our position — sometimes it can be our best move, sometimes it can be our worst. Either way, it's usually complicated. This week we bring you stories of people who go one way, an
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#199: House on Loon Lake

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Our entire show this week is one long story, sort of a real-life Hardy Boys mystery. More than most of our shows, this one lends itself to a Hollywood-style tagline. Perhaps: "You Might Break In...But You'll Never Forget." Or "Dead Letters Tell No Tales."
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#75: Kindness of Strangers

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Stories of the kindness of strangers and where it leads. Also, the unkindness of strangers and where that can lead. All of today's stories take place in the city most people think of as the least kind city in America: New York.
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#526: Is That What I Look Like?

Sunday, May 25, 2014

You've been seeing yourself, getting to know what you look like, your whole life. So why is does it often take an outsider to see things about you that are obvious, and set you straight?
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#165: Americans In Paris

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Many Americans have dreamy and romantic ideas about Paris, notions which probably trace back to the 1920s vision of Paris created by the expatriate Americans there. But what's it actually like in Paris if you're an American, without rose-colored glasses?
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#525: Call For Help

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Stories of people coming to terms with being in serious trouble. They need help. Figuring out how to get it, that's another problem.
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#524: I Was So High

Sunday, May 04, 2014

Your waitress. Your colleagues at work. Your doctor. Maybe even your parents. They’re all high. All the time. That’s what it feels like anyway. This week, stories in which drug use and daily life intersect – and in which people get high in secret and then
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#523: Death and Taxes

Sunday, April 27, 2014

It is a peculiar feeling to know with certainty that something big is about to happen to you. This week we watch people go right up to the edge of inevitable change. We hear from preteens about the terrifying knowledge that puberty is about to happen...an
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#489: No Coincidence, No Story!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

We asked listeners to send us their best coincidence stories, and we got more than 1,300 submissions! There were so many good ones we decided to make a whole show about them. From a chance encounter at a bus station to a romantic dollar bill to a baffling
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