#482: Lights, Camera, Christmas!

Sunday, December 21, 2014

This holiday season we bring you a show filled with stories of people going to great lengths to throw a special Christmas for their families. Including tales of Luna the guinea pig (pictured), Bambi the reindeer, and Jeko the super-powerful (and somewhat-


#542: Wait - Do You Have The Map?

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Stories about people feeling lost and trying to figure out how to move ahead: two brothers take a doomed road trip through through Mexico and a couple from radically different backgrounds draw up a contract for their unlikely romance.


#541: Regrets, I've Had a Few

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Every day we make mistakes, and most of the time we just ignore these failings and move forward. But every so often, there is one that makes us pause and take notice. This week, people struggling with those regrets — big and small — that take


#452: Poultry Slam 2011

Sunday, November 30, 2014

We bring you our sort-of-annual holiday tradition: The Poultry Slam! Stories of what happens when humans and fowl collide, including the tale of one notorious turkey who unleashed a long reign of terror on an unsuspecting neighborhood.


#540: A Front

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Stories about people and places that are fronting in order to hide the truth. We visit a bizarre store in Milwaukee called Fearless Distributing, government checkpoints scattered on highways out west, and a front in a doctor's office.

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#513: 129 Cars

Sunday, November 16, 2014

We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they'll get a huge bonus from the manufacturer, possibly as high as $85,000 — enough to put them in the black for the month. If t

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#539: The Leap

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Most of us go from day to day just coasting on the status quo. If it ain’t broke, why fix it, right? But when routines just get too mundane or systems stop making sense, sometimes you just have to hold your breath…and jump. This week, stories of people wh


#509: It Says So Right Here

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Everyone knows you can't always believe what you read, but sometimes even official documents aren't a path to the truth. This week we have stories of people whose lives are altered when seemingly boring documents like birth certificates and petitions are

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#538: Is This Working?

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Stories of schools struggling with what to do with misbehaving kids. There's no general agreement about what teachers should do to discipline kids. And there's evidence that some of the most popular punishments actually may harm kids. Photo: a student at

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#506: Secret Identity

Sunday, October 12, 2014

A bank robber on an undercover mission. A teenage girl with the powers of a tiger. A vigilante seeking vengeance in Ciudad Juarez. All have secret identities. But not all of them chose those identities for themselves. WEB EXTRA: A drawing by Alice Leora B


#537: The Alibi

Sunday, October 05, 2014

Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a bright teenager disappears after school one day. Six weeks later her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed is arrested for her murder. He says he's innocent — though he can't remember what he was doing that afternoon. But someone c

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#536: The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The NY Federal Reserve is supposed to prevent another financial crisis. But when Carmen Segarra was hired, what she witnessed there was so alarming that she bought a tiny recorder.

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#535: Origin Story 2014

Sunday, September 21, 2014

This week we bring you little-known and surprising stories of how all sorts of institutions began. An updated version of a 2009 episode.


#534: A Not-So-Simple Majority

Sunday, September 14, 2014

We take it for granted that the majority calls the shots. But in one NY school district, that idea — majority rules — has led to an all-out war. School board disputes are pretty common, but not like this one. This involves multimillion-dollar

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#533: It's Not the Product, It's the Person

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Starting a business is not for the self-doubting. Or even usually the self-deprecating. The first thing you have to sell is yourself — like dating, but with a greater chance of landing in debt. Alex Blumberg tells the incredible, sweat-stains-and-al

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#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


#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,


#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


#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?


#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.