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  1. 50: Shoulda Been Dead

    Kevin Kelly was in Jerusalem. For reasons too complicated to go into here, he ended up sleeping on the spot where Jesus was supposedly crucified. After Kevin awoke, the thought came into his head: Live as if you’ll die in six months. So he did.

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  2. 38. Simulated Worlds

    Simulated worlds, Civil war reenactments, wax museums, simulated coal mines, fake ethnic restaurants, an ersatz Medieval castle and other re-created worlds that thrive all across America.

    Aired 10.11.96

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  3. #464: Invisible Made Visible

    The radio version of an episode we did live on stage and beamed to movie theaters. David Sedaris, Tig Notaro, Ryan Knighton, and the late David Rakoff, in his final performance on the show.

    The other half of this two-hour show was visual, including dancers, animation, and more. You can download video of the entire show.

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  4. Poetry of Propaganda | This American Life

    Sure, there’s a crude message that propaganda is trying to get across. But like poetry, when you know how to read it, propaganda contains lots of more subtle messages that you might not see at first glance. This week: examples, big and small, from around the world.

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  5. #573: Status Update — This American Life

    Most of the time, the updates we share about our lives are small and inconsequential. This week, status updates that interrupt daily life. We hear two friends talk about how one of them has become rich and famous. And an entire town gets a status update on itself.

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  6. #545: If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS

    The Internet is the one place where it’s safe to say whatever you want — nobody will know it’s you. But the same protections that make commenters invulnerable are what make the Internet scary — even downright dangerous — for the commented upon. In this week’s show: what happens when the Internet turns on you?

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  7. Neighbors | This American Life

    Stories of people trying to love their neighbors…and failing.

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  8. Contents Unknown | This American Life

    Stories of filling in the blank. A man finds himself in a train station in India, with no idea how he got there or who he is. His memory gone, he has no choice but to let other people—police, doctors, friends, family—create an identity for him.

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  9. This American Life - 510: Fiasco!

    Stories of when things go wrong. Really wrong. When you leave the normal realm of human error, fumble, mishap, and mistake and enter the territory of really huge breakdowns. Fiascos. Things go so awry that normal social order collapses.

    An updated version of a classic episode, now including one of the most popular stories we’ve ever aired… about a police officer and a squirrel.

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  10. TAL - 509: It Says So Right Here

    Everyone knows you can’t always believe what you read, but sometimes even official documents aren’t a path to the truth. This week we have stories of people whose lives are altered when seemingly boring documents like birth certificates and petitions are used against them. And a family wrestles with a medical record that has a very clear, but complicated diagnosis.

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