This American Life

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684 684: Burn It Down June 21, 2020

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, people everywhere are demanding that police departments change not just their rules, but the culture inside that leads to these deaths. But those things are notoriously hard to change. As a case study, here's the story of a fire department that gets a new boss who starts a war with his own firefighters, to change their macho, racist culture. They fight back hard.

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708 708: Here, Again June 14, 2020
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707 707: We Are in the Future June 7, 2020
In this moment of sorrow, protest, and rage, we offer this as a break from the dreadful present: our show about Afrofuturism.
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705 705: Time Out May 24, 2020
Our favorite stories from the football fields, boxing rings, and basketball courts of days past.
What the Trump administration’s "Remain in Mexico" policy really means, on the ground, at the Mexican border.
703 703: Stuck! May 10, 2020
During a time when a lot of us feel like we are living in a holding pattern, stories of people feeling stuck.
702 702: One Last Thing Before I Go April 26, 2020
Ordinary people make last ditch efforts to get through to their loved ones.
701 701: Black Box April 19, 2020
Desperate to know what happened to his family, a man obsessively decodes the only information about them he can get.
700 700: Embiggening April 12, 2020
Sometimes a sketch of a thing needs filling in for its true significance to be known.
576 576: Say Yes To Christmas Dec. 22, 2019
We go all in and bring the joy, the spontaneity, the sense that anything can happen back to Christmas.
323 323: The Super Dec. 15, 2019
Stories of the mysterious hold supers have on their buildings, or their buildings have on them.
689 689: Digging Up the Bones Dec. 8, 2019
There's a lot that can be gained from unearthing the past -- learning about oneself, learning about others. But, it doesn't always go how you'd expect.
689 689: Digging Up the Bones Dec. 8, 2019
There's a lot that can be gained from unearthing the past -- learning about oneself, learning about others. But, it doesn't always go how you'd expect.
252 252: Poultry Slam 2003 Dec. 1, 2019
We bring you stories of turkeys, chickens, geese, ducks, fowl of all kinds, real and imagined, and their mysterious hold over us.
Stories about getting back together with your parent, your spouse, your ... Brahman bull.
688 688: The Out Crowd Nov. 17, 2019
Reports from the frontlines of the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" asylum policy.
688 688: The Out Crowd Nov. 17, 2019
Reports from the frontlines of the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" asylum policy.
688 688: The Out Crowd Nov. 17, 2019
Reports from the frontlines of the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" asylum policy.
687 687: Small Things Considered Nov. 10, 2019
Stories about being little. Secret writings in tiny letters. The power of a very small number. And a medication that's supposed to cure shortness.