Episodes
Stories of people held captive — by criminals, by paperwork, and in one man's case, his own body — and the ways they try to cope.
Published 08/11/19
Exactly how incompetent you are. What your ex’s best friend really thinks of you. The approximate time that you will die. Some things in life are better not to know about. And sometimes there can be a benefit to not knowing. In this episode — examples of ignorance truly being bliss, or even being an asset.
Published 08/04/19
Words mean things, but some words are especially meaningful — whether in a survival manual, a song lyric, or a slur.
Published 07/28/19
Many Americans have dreamy and romantic ideas about Paris, notions which probably trace back to the 1920s vision of Paris created by the expatriate Americans there. But what's it actually like in Paris if you're an American, without rose-colored glasses?
Published 07/21/19
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.
Published 07/14/19
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.
Published 07/07/19
It’s the late 1960s, and a California TV repairman named Bob sees an opportunity to help people cheat death with the new science of cryonics. But freezing dead people isn’t easy. And apologizing for the mistakes you make along the way? Even harder.
Published 06/30/19
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.
Published 06/23/19
Stories of those unexpected moments when we see who we really are.
Published 06/16/19
Adults telling kids who they are, and kids wondering — are they right?
Published 06/02/19
A real-life Hardy Boys mystery. More than most of our shows, this one lends itself to a Hollywood-style tagline. Perhaps: "The House at Loon Lake: You Might Break In ... But You'll Never Forget." Or, "The House at Loon Lake: Dead Letters Tell No Tales." It's the true story of an abandoned house, discovered by a young boy in the 1970s, and the mystery of why it was abandoned.
Published 05/26/19
What it's like to be momentarily big on the small screen. 
Published 05/19/19
Stories of people standing up for themselves, shaking off their fear, bracing themselves, and doing what they’ve been scared to do.
Published 05/12/19
We document one day in a Chicago diner called the Golden Apple, starting at 5 a.m. and going until 5 a.m. the next morning. We hear from the waitress who has worked the graveyard shift for over two decades, the regular customers who come every day, the couples working out their problems, assorted drunks, and, of course, cops.
Published 05/05/19
Stories of people struggling to follow the Ten Commandments from the book of Exodus.
Published 04/28/19
People figuring out how to move through a world in which something important has disappeared.
Published 04/21/19
The way people talk about being fat is shifting. With one-third of Americans classified as overweight, and another third as obese, and almost none of us losing weight and keeping it off, maybe it’s time to rethink the way we see being fat. A show inspired by Lindy West’s book Shrill.
Published 04/14/19
Stories of very small injustices and also one very big one.
Published 04/07/19
People connecting the dots that maybe should not be connected.
Published 03/31/19
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.
Published 03/24/19
Stories from the upside-down world where conspiracy theorists dwell.
Published 03/17/19
Can love be taught? A family uses a controversial therapy to train their son to love them. And other stories about the hard and sometimes painful work of loving other people.
Published 03/10/19
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.
Published 03/03/19
In Schenectady, New York, a school maintenance man named Steve Raucci works his way up the ranks for 30 years, until finally he's in charge of the maintenance department. That's when he starts messing with his employees. Teasing them at meetings. Punishing them with crummy work assignments. Or worse things, like secretly slashing their tires in the middle of the night. Ten years after his arrest, Steve Raucci broke his silence and gave an interview to Paul Nelson at the Times Union in Albany.
Published 02/24/19
People tossing words out into the world impulsively. And how they ignite and burn. Over decades.
Published 02/17/19