#671 : March 29, 2019
People connecting the dots that maybe should not be connected.
#670 : March 15, 2019
Stories from the upside-down world where conspiracy theorists dwell.
#669 : March 1, 2019
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
People tossing words out into the world impulsively. And how they ignite and burn. Over decades.
#667 : February 1, 2019
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
Satan! In his many surprising manifestations, all around us.
#665 : January 11, 2019
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
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
Documents you don't normally think of, showing you things you didn't expect.
#662 : November 16, 2018
Stories of people who believe there is always a way. And also those who don’t.
#661 : November 9, 2018
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds.
#653 : August 3, 2018
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
Dispatches from a government agency in its tumultuous teenage years.
#651 : July 13, 2018
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
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.
#649 : June 22, 2018
Democrats are desperate to retake part of Congress. Their best shot is the House. This fall, they’ll be slugging it out with Republicans—but in the meantime, they’re slugging it out with each other. The progressive and moderate wings of the Democratic party are going head-to-head in Democratic primaries all over the country right now, wrestling over what the party should be and stand for. This week, we have the story of a candidate in one primary like that.
#648 : June 8, 2018
Stories about people trying to learn something when no one is clear what the lesson is supposed to be.
#647 : May 25, 2018
A security guard at the airport notices something going wrong on the tarmac, and takes it upon herself to fix it. It’s way harder than she expects.
#646 : May 18, 2018
Cryptic messages on a cell phone and a teeter totter at a construction site: these are clues people found, trying to make sense of a death.
#645 : May 4, 2018
Conservative students don't feel like their ideas are welcome on campus. So they're fighting back. We go to Nebraska, where one skirmish spins out of control.
#644 : April 27, 2018
Stories about people who accidentally bump into unsettling facts of history in settings meant to teach them history. What they end up learning is very different from what they’re supposed to.
#643 : April 13, 2018
It’s one thing to weigh pros and cons. But sometimes all you have is con and con. This week, stories of people having to make a choice, when no good options exist. The group Ira mentions at the end of Act One is the UN World Food Programme; their donation page is here.
#642 : April 6, 2018
Before he leaves the Senate for good, Republican Jeff Flake is trying to get a bill passed. He has his work cut out for him, with a Senate that barely brings anything to the floor, a party he feels estranged from, and a president who seems to hate his guts. Producer Zoe Chace hung out with him for four months.