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Jack Hitt tells the story of a small town production of Peter Pan, in which the flying apparatus smacks the actors into the furniture, and Captain Hook’s hook flies off his arm and hits an old woman in the stomach. By the end of the evening, firemen have arrived and all the normal boundaries between audience and actors have completely dissolved

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Bring Extra Batteries! The Audio Gospel According to Rob Rosenthal
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Kaitlin Prest makes radical radio at The Heart. She brings voice to the thoughts, that even when we’re not keeping them to ourselves, we’re definitely not putting on the air.

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In the 1950s, the Swan Silvertones turned the old spiritual “Mary, Don’t You Weep” into a recording that has inspired everyone from Paul Simon to Bone Thugs-n-Harmony.

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The pursuit of lock picking is as old as the lock, which is itself as old as civilization. But in the entire history of the world, there was only one brief moment, lasting about 70 years, where you could put something under lock and key — a chest, a safe, your home — and have complete, unwavering certainty that no intruder could get to it.

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Susanne and Mike met and fell in love with each other…and heroin. They stuck together through addiction and recovery, but things haven’t fallen into place the way they had hoped. Love

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The Invisible World of This American Life made visible.

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“I went down to the nurse’s station, and when I asked, they freaked out. Everything went into a panic. It was pure chaos.”

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If you want perfect stickiness, look to gecko feet – not a crayfish straightjacket.
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In the 1960’s, Margaret Howe had a very unusual roommate: a bottlenose dolphin named Peter.

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Alex Kotlowitz picks up where he left off last week in our second hour from Harper High School in Chicago. We find out if a shooting in the neighborhood will derail the school’s Homecoming game and dance. We hear the origin story of one of Harper’s gangs. And we ask a group of teenagers: where do you get your guns?

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A charming, convicted murderer who swears he is innocent? A biased investigation and flawed trial? Is Sruthi Pinnamaneni’s On the Inside Reply All‘s Serial?
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In Taiwan, “Für Elise” means it is time to take out your trash. Directly out to the truck. Yourself.

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Welcome to The Intersection of Golden Gate Avenue and Leavenworth Street in San Francisco’s Tenderloin district

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In 1996 Bill Clinton ended welfare as we knew it, requiring poor people to get a job instead of a handout. The new policy was based on a successful pilot program in Riverside, California. But what it was all a mistake? csm_Welfare_work_5a825baf69

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There’s a black hole in the middle of the history of life: how did we go from tiny bags of chemicals to the vast menagerie of creatures we see around us?

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She faced an expectant audience, placed her hands on a keyboard in front of her, and then played something the world had never really heard before. A synthesized voice. maxresdefault

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What lies beyond the reach of the naked eye, and how do these hidden forces shape our lives?

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Marlo Mack gave birth to a son. At least, she thought she did. But her son crawled towards dresses, wanted to be a princess, and asked to grow long blonde hair. At age 3, Marlo’s son asked to go back into mommy’s tummy, so he could come back out as a baby girl. Marlo thought it was a phase–it wasn’t.

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How much would it take for someone to hack your life? And really, how worried do you actually need to be?

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It’s mid-October, 2013. Freddie Hoyt tries to rally his sales staff to sell 129 cars and trucks by the end of the month. Problem is, the customers are not cooperating.
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“When I was younger, someone took a knife to my clitoris and cut out a small, but significant part of me.” Mariya Karimjee takes us on a journey from her childhood in Pakistan, to her adolescence in Texas, through college, all the way to where she is now, back in Pakistan as she navigates family, love, her body and her personal relationships, all despite the physical and emotional trauma that she has suffered.
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Welcome to Millennial, in which Megan Tan figures out what life after college looks like

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854 Is someone who gives a cop the finger a brave defender of free-speech? Or just an adolescent jerk?

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Gentrification is something everyone is talking about, but what is it? When a neighborhood changes, how does it happen and why? And who decides?

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A father of twin teenage boys finds the internet a scary place for impressionable minds.

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Before Kathleen Hanna, there was riot grrrl Alice Bag, lead screamer for the early LA punk band The Bags. Growing up a misfit led Alice to find her own place in the punk scene.tumblr_mj9lp9tUBb1s59paio2_500

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All over New York City, there is a woman in various states of undress, so baked into architecture that we barely even notice her.

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There’s no scientific metric for measuring a city’s personality. But step out on the sidewalk, and you can see and feel it. Two physicists explain one tidy mathematical formula that they believe holds the key to what drives a city.
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