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This American Life Favorites

(This American Life is a radio program out of WBEZ in Chicago, broadcast around the country on NPR. It airs at 3pm Saturday and 8pm Sunday on 91.1FM in Minnesota. You will need to download RealPlayer to listen to these, but it's worth it! The links below will take you to the beginning of the show, not necessarily the act I've mentioned. Also check out any of the episodes on This American's Life's "Our Favorites" link.)

NOTE: They've changed their website and the links below no longer work. I will try to update them soon, but in the meantime, you can still search from them on their site.


1. "Squirrel Cop", from First Day

2. "My Friend the Extremist" by Jon Ronson, from Them

3. "The Spy Who Loved Everyone" by Improv Everywhere, from Mind Games

4. "Brooklyn Archipelago" by Brett Martin, from In the Shadow of the City

5. "Hearing" by Jack Hitt, from Mapping

6. "Stay in Touch" by Tami Sagher, from How to Win Friends and Influence People

7. "Laws Concerning Food and Drink; Household Principles; Lamentations of the Father" by by Ian Frazier from You Gonna Eat That?

8. "Don't They Know It's Christmas After All" by David Sedaris, from Them

9. "You Come and Go, The Waiters Remain" by Geoff Dyer, from We Didn't


1. "Tell It to the Void" by Miriam Toews, from Missing Parents' Bureau

2. Other People's Mail (entire show)

3. The House on Loon Lake by Alex Beckman

4. Running After Antelope by Scott Carrier (and anything else by him)

5. "Whatever Happened to Baby Cain?" by Jonathan Goldstein, from Brother's Keeper

6. Hitler's Yacht by Alix Spiegel

7. "The Family That Flees Together, Trees Together" from American Limbo

8. "The Disappearance" by Genevieve Jurgensen, from Where Words Fail

9. "Don't Drive Like My Brother" by Jonathan Menjivar, from Backed Into a Corner

10. "The Accursed Items" by J. Robert Lennon, from Plan B

11. "Age of Enchantment" by Lawrence Weschler, from Father's Day '99


What if, instead of a Facebook list of favorites, we got folks to trackback to their reasons for liking a special moment in TAL or, better yet, the memories and feelings evoked?

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