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  1. This American Life # 514: Thought That Counts

    DEC 20, 2013 It's the thought that counts. So true. Unfortunately, sometimes it's not always so clear what that thought was. And sometimes, when it is clear, we wish it wasn't. This week, during this, the season of giving, we turn our spotlight on the givers and exactly whatever it was they could've possibly been thinking.

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  2. This American Life # 513: 129 Cars

    DEC 13, 2013 We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they'll get a huge bonus from the manufacturer, possibly as high as $85,000 — enough to put them in the black for the month. If they don't make it, it'll be the second month in a row. So they pull out all the stops. Photo gallery here.

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  3. This American Life # 512: House Rules

    NOV 22, 2013 Where you live is important. It can dictate quality of schools and hospitals, as well as things like cancer rates, unemployment, or whether the city repairs roads in your neighborhood. On this week's show, stories about destiny by address.

    Much of this story is told to Nancy Updike by ProPublica reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones, whose series on the Fair Housing laws — with more stories, research and interviews — is here.

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  4. This American Life # 511: The Seven Things You’re Not Supposed to Talk About

    NOV 8, 2013 Producer Sarah Koenig's mother lives by a set of rules about conversation. She has an actual list of off-limits topics, including how you slept, your period, your health, your diet and more. You don't talk about these things, she says, because nobody cares. This week we try to find stories on these exact topics that will prove her wrong.

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  5. This American Life # 510: Fiasco!

    NOV 1, 2013 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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  6. This American Life # 509: It Says So Right Here

    OCT 25, 2013 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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  7. This American Life # 508: Superpowers 2013

    OCT 18, 2013 This is an updated version of a classic episode, featuring a new story from Snap Judgment.

    We answer the following questions about superpowers: Can superheroes be real people? (No.) Can real people become superheroes? (Maybe.) And which is better: flight or invisibility? (Depends who you ask.)

    Chris ware's comic mentioned in the episode is here.

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  8. This American Life # 506: Secret Identity

    OCT 4, 2013 A bank robber on an undercover mission. A teenage girl with the powers of a tiger. A vigilante seeking vengeance in Ciudad Juarez. All have secret identities. But not all of them chose those identities for themselves.

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  9. This American Life # 505: Use Only as Directed

    SEP 20, 2013 One of the country's most popular over-the-counter painkillers — acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol — also kills the most people, according to data from the federal government. Over 150 Americans die each year on average after accidentally taking too much. And it requires a lot less to endanger you than you may know. We reported this alongside ProPublica.

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