#679 : July 12, 2019

Save the Girl

People go on missions to save young girls from danger. But sometimes they get so caught up in the mission that it overshadows the girl herself.

#678 : July 5, 2019

The Wannabes

This country is crawling in presidential candidates right now and they're bumping into each other in Des Moines and yelling over each other in Miami. We hang out with them, in this weird early period of the election when they're easy to walk right up to.

#677 : June 14, 2019

Seeing Yourself In the Wild

Stories of those unexpected moments when we see who we really are.

#676 : May 31, 2019

Here’s Looking at You, Kid

Adults telling kids who they are, and kids wondering — are they right?

#675 : May 17, 2019

I’m on TV??

What it's like to be momentarily big on the small screen. 

#674 : May 10, 2019

Get a Spine!

Stories of people standing up for themselves, shaking off their fear, bracing themselves, and doing what they’ve been scared to do.

#673 : April 19, 2019

Left Behind

People figuring out how to move through a world in which something important has disappeared.

#672 : April 5, 2019

No Fair!

Stories of very small injustices and also one very big one.

#671 : March 29, 2019

Anything Can Be Anything

People connecting the dots that maybe should not be connected.

#670 : March 15, 2019

Beware the Jabberwock

Stories from the upside-down world where conspiracy theorists dwell.

#669 : March 1, 2019

Scrambling to Get Off the Ice

The Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee may have to fight to protect Mueller's investigation and make his report public. Now that they’re in the majority, they have new tools they can use. Our producer Zoe Chace spent weeks behind the scenes with them as they tried out their new powers for the first time. This and other stories of people scrambling to get their footing on some challenging terrain.

#668 : February 15, 2019

The Long Fuse

People tossing words out into the world impulsively. And how they ignite and burn. Over decades.

#667 : February 1, 2019

Wartime Radio

Intimate and personal dispatches from two very different battlefields: A small town in the Syrian war. And the U.S. opioid epidemic. Each came from a DIY radio outfit. (Okay, one’s a podcast.)

#666 : January 18, 2018

The Theme That Shall Not Be Named

Satan! In his many surprising manifestations, all around us.

#665 : January 11, 2019

Before Things Went to Hell

We revisit those moments of calm before the storm, when things could have gone very differently, but instead, they went to hell.

#664 : December 28, 2018

The Room of Requirement

Libraries aren't just for books. They're often spaces that transform into what you need them to be: a classroom, a cyber café, a place to find answers, a quiet spot to be alone. It's actually kind of magical. This week, we have stories of people who roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just happen to be exactly what they required. 

#663 : December 7, 2018

How I Read It

Documents you don't normally think of, showing you things you didn't expect. 

#662 : November 16, 2018

Where There Is a Will

Stories of people who believe there is always a way. And also those who don’t.

#661 : November 9, 2018

But That's What Happened

Stories of women in unsettling situations. When they try to explain what’s wrong, they’re told that they don’t understand—that there’s nothing unsettling about it.

#660 : November 2, 2018

Hoaxing Yourself

Stories of people who tell a lie and then believe the lie more than anyone else does. In other words: Stories about people pulling hoaxes...on themselves.

#659 : October 12, 2018

Before the Next One

There’s no rulebook on how to handle a school shooting. And no real way to prepare for one. This week, people take what they’ve learned from these tragedies and try to use that knowledge to save others.

#658 : October 5, 2018

The Unhappy Deciders

Making big decisions about other people's lives can feel pretty awful. Zoe Chace followed Senator Jeff Flake as he decided to force the Senate to delay its vote on Judge Kavanaugh. Among her discoveries: Those protestors in the elevator? They aren’t the reason he did what he did. 

#657 : September 21, 2018

The Runaways

A bunch of teenagers go missing from a town in Long Island. For months, the police treat them as runaways, ignoring the kids' parents, who keep trying to tell them otherwise. They keep trying to tell them that something much worse might have happened.

#656 : September 14, 2018

Let Me Count the Ways

Yes, youʼve heard about the family separations. Youʼve heard about the travel ban. But there are dozens of ways the Trump administration is cracking down on immigration across many agencies, sometimes in ways so small and technical it doesnʼt make headlines. This week, the quiet bureaucratic war that’s even targeting legal immigrants.

#655 : August 24, 2018

The Not-So-Great Unknown

What happens when unadventurous people end up in adventurous situations. Like an astronaut who goes to places no one has gone before, even though he’s not really into outer space.

#654 : August 10, 2018

The Feather Heist

A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds. 

#653 : August 3, 2018

Crime Scene

Every crime scene hides a story. In this week's show, we hear about crime scenes and the stories they tell.

#652 : July 20, 2018

ICE Capades

Dispatches from a government agency in its tumultuous teenage years. 

#651 : July 13, 2018

If You Build It, Will They Come?

A young preacher opens a new church. A new restaurant reopens old wounds. This week, stories of people trying to build something that will last.

#650 : June 29, 2018

Change You Can Maybe Believe In

An innocent man forgives the cop who framed him. An Argentinian talk show that usually treats women as objects suddenly gets really interested in feminism. This week, stories about changes that seem too tidy to be true.

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