This American Life

APR Presents: January 18th

Jan 18, 2013
plate of Calamari with lemon
This American Life


Calamari is on one side of the plate, sliced hog rectums are on the other. Which is which? We got a tip about a pork plant selling pig's intestines as fake calamari, and decided to investigate ... with a taste test. In another story, military vets and victims of urban violence share parallel trauma.

APR Presents: August 24th

Aug 20, 2012
David Rakoff, long-time contributor to "This American Life"
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Our Friend David

Favorite stories by our (This American Life) longtime contributor and friend David Rakoff. Note that the podcast and streaming versions contain unbeeped words that could not play on radio.

APR Presents: August 17th

Aug 15, 2012
Photo of FBI informant, Craig Monteih, a.k.a. Farouk al-Aziz.
This American Life

The Convert

In 2006, a new convert showed up at a mosque in Orange County, California, eager to study the Koran and make new friends. But when he started acting odd and saying strange things, those friends got suspicious. To them, he was Farouk al-Aziz. But his real name was Craig Monteilh, and he was working undercover for the FBI.

APR Presents: August 10

Aug 10, 2012
Sean Costello and Robert Bird from "How's Your News?"
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Special Ed

Stories about people who were told that they're different. Some of them were comfortable with it. Some didn't understand it. And some understood, but didn't like it. .

APR Presents: August 3

Aug 3, 2012
polarized lab goggles
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Show Me the Way

Stories about people in trouble, who look for help in mystifying places. A 15-year-old boy travels more than 1,000 miles, alone, to seek out his hero, whom he's never met. And from Wiretap, Jonathan Goldstein and David Rakoff tell the story of a man with a terrible medical problem, hoping for a cure from a famous doctor — who only communicates in rhyme.


Mar 20, 2012

Usually, when a news outlet makes a mistake there is a little snippet buried in the corner of a back page of the paper, at the end of the newscast or just before a break.  

But This American Life is devoting an entire show to pointing out the errors in one of its most popular pieces.  "Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory" which aired in January of 2012.

Why is TAL doing this?  Because public radio adheres to a higher standard.  A standard that we insist upon ourselves and our listeners demand.