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This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to s
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Rick Wagner

This was terrific reporting and should have been done long ago. I know many cult members will just think the people in this piece were lying about Jones but telling the truth is always right. exposing liars is always right. I wonder if others in msm are afraid to expose people like Jones because of their followers. this explains why qanon decided being anonymous is the best way to be a liar

Mar 24th
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Lisa Edwards

Guess what? Trump wants Mueller`s report public too!

Mar 23rd
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jake devlin

doea anyone know who plays the song at the end of the show?

Mar 22nd
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Cosmocide

When I eat lucky charms sometimes the marshmallows get stuck under the spoon and when I eat it it surprises me.

Mar 21st
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Scoutk Bartholomew

this was kind of creepy

Mar 21st
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Tia Castillo

wow. just wow

Mar 21st
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Renee Rougeaux

literally me and my big sis... 😒

Mar 20th
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rjj8570

brilliant

Mar 20th
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Wendy Bruder

Wow. People are just awful. Ignorant and awful. That woman who called in? What a foul creature. scum.

Mar 20th
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Cosmocide

Unbelievable.

Mar 20th
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E Meany

If you can't listen to the infamous baby monkey experiment where they took away all touch to see if they would die, don't listen to this episode.

Mar 20th
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Michael Johnson

Wonderful episode!

Mar 20th
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wonderless age

One of the most disturbing stories I have heard. What kind of human being would take another stab at the the heart of the parents who have lost their children? I am wondering how he would take it if something similar happened to him.

Mar 19th
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Grant Mowbray

Best episode in ages.

Mar 19th
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Kristen J. Cook

When the movie Pearl Harbor was released, (2000? I was living in Southern California, with in the county of Los Angeles) I had seen the movie maybe 3 times; the last time I saw the film, when the scenes of the Japanese Kamikazes began striking the US ships, directly in front of me and my friend had been 4 AmerAsian youths, either our ages or slightly older and those POS's went and commended, with vocal excitement, as if encouraging the atrocities that had occurred on Pearl Harbor during WWII. With the explosions of US ships, these young people exclaimed without shame, laughter and cheers, never once looking behind them (we were all sitting relatively close to the front of the theater) or even remotely acknowledging how they were in an American movie theater witnessing one of America's worst war crimes in our history, amongst American's who had come. in part, parriotically and in support of our U.S. History. I, personally, was fuming angry as one of my great-grandfather's had been stationed on the U.S.S. Arizona! they were cheering on the terrors of war their ancestors had perpetuated-- albeit America has perpetuated MANY'a terrors elsewhere, we were merely civilians in a civilian theater in suburban America. nevertheless, none of this ever ended up in the newspaper and no one called any reporters and these AmerAsian young people were not shamed nor made to apologize to American's who had lost family at Pearl Harbor... on another note, I just heard a man ask, in this podcast, why the Jews didn't just pretend they were Gernan-- because their neighbors already knew who they were! on top of this, just as with any other country, census is compiled, thus, the powers that had been would've have found them eventually and at that point they'd have been hunted for trying to masquerading as German's-- true, they most likely would have been murdered anyway, but the human mind would have tormented those Jews attempting to pass for German, doubling or even tripling their fear and overall panic of being found out for something "extra" than solely being of Jewish descent. They knew everyone who was Jewish by the town and state and country censuses; if a person was a practicing Protestant, yet had 1 grandparent who had been of Jewish descent, that person was required to register with the nazi state as a Jew. The Holocaust is so surreal because it is the single most horrific historical event in modern history to result in an attempted genocide which basis was on nothing more than what is fundamentally a fairytail!

Mar 19th
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Nicholas Cartagena

interesting episode.

Mar 18th
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Emily B

I have to say, I don't get why so many people are annoyed by this woman's voice. She just sounds like a native Chicagoan, and given that's where the show is produced, I guess I'm not surprised. Maybe it's because I grew up there, but I really rather like the way she speaks.

Mar 18th
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Cole May

best episode in a while

Mar 18th
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Go Billers

anyone who questions why certain people are de-platformed are clearly making an argument out of ignorance.

Mar 18th
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John Buckner

Possibly one of the most sad, depressing episodes that I have ever heard.

Mar 18th
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