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#467: Americans in China

Sunday, May 24, 2015

It used to be that the American expats in China were the big shots. They had the money, the status, the know-how. But that's changed. What's it like to be an American living in China now? And what do they understand about China that we don't?
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#557: Birds & Bees

Sunday, May 17, 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 - including a story about colleges responding to sexual assault by trying to teach students how to ask for consent. Also, a story about how and when to teach kids about the horrors of slavery and oppression in America.
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#556: Same Bed, Different Dreams

Sunday, May 03, 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 doppleganger. And sometimes, one bed is the basis for an entire relatio
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#555: The Incredible Rarity of Changing Your Mind

Sunday, April 26, 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 things that they believe. Why does it happen in these parti
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#525: Call For Help

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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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#554: Not It!

Sunday, April 12, 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 show host, and an island that takes people it doesn't want to
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#553: Stuck In The Middle (2015)

Sunday, April 05, 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 in that uncertain and boring middle most of us dread &mdash
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#552: Need To Know Basis

Sunday, March 29, 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 tell you the whole truth about not telling the whole truth.
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#551: Good Guys 2015

Sunday, March 22, 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 circumstances: in department stores, public buses, and at t
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#550: Three Miles

Sunday, March 15, 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 miles apart. The hope is that kids connect, but some of the
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#520: No Place Like Home

Sunday, March 08, 2015

There are lots of ways we define where we're from. And whether we're proud of it, or ashamed of it, love it, hate it, miss it or are trying desperately to get back to it — where we're from is always a big part of who we are. This week, stories of pe
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#549: Amateur Hour

Sunday, March 01, 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 attempt to save lives through the power of show tunes.
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#518: Except For That One Thing

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Mike Anderson was 36 years old, married, a suburban father of four. He owned a contracting business and built his family’s modest, three-bedroom house in St. Louis from the ground up. He volunteered at church on the weekends and coaches his son’s football
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#548: Cops See It Differently, Part Two

Sunday, February 15, 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 remarkably. And one of our producers asks: Why aren't police chie
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#547: Cops See It Differently, Part One

Sunday, February 08, 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 people who distrust the police — even fear them &mdas
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#546: Burroughs 101

Sunday, February 01, 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 very reverential about Burroughs. For Burroughs 101st birthd
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#545: If You Don't Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS

Sunday, January 25, 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 annoying and sometimes frightening place. This week: what happen
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#291: Reunited (And It Feels So Good)

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Stories about getting back together with your spouse, your country, your...Brahman bull. And how it never goes the way you think it's going to.
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#544: Batman

Sunday, January 11, 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, they look into something that sounds impossible: if people’s ex
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#314: It's Never Over

Sunday, January 04, 2015

A grown man tries to get to the bottom of why his schoolmates threw him in a lake 20 years earlier. And a woman buys a house on the cheap, with the understanding that the seller will soon vacate. Ten years later, she's still waiting.
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