THIS AMERICAN LIFE

618: Mr. Lie Detector

June 9, 2017

A polygraph operator and his strange journey. And other stories.

617: Fermi’s Paradox

May 19, 2017

Three people grapple with the question, “Are we alone?”

616: I Am Not A Pirate

May 5, 2017

To be, or not to be a pirate? This week, that is the question. Hold fast, mateys! We have stories about both historical and modern-day swashbucklers who loot, pillage, and question their choices.

615: The Beginning of Now

April 28, 2017

Before Donald Trump started his presidential campaign in 2015, there was a congressional race that redefined what was possible in American politics. Steve Bannon and Breitbart News got involved in that race early, just like they later got deeply involved in Donald Trump's race. On this week’s show: What happened in that campaign, what it made it work, and how we got to now.

614: The Other Mr. President

April 14, 2017

Since Russia meddled in our election, there's been concern that the fake news and disinformation that's so prevalent there could be taking hold in this country. But is that hyperbole? This week we look at what it's actually like to live in the confusing information landscape that is Putin's Russia.

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