Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory | This American Life

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    Calhoun’s This American Life archive

    [4:58] "When Worlds Collide" (This American Life • Aug 1997)

    [18:23] “Jesse Jackson Jr. Sparks Group Hug in Denver” (WBEZ • Aug 2008)

    [20:18] “Patriot Games” (This American Life • Oct 2010)

    [29:18] “War of Northern Aggression” (This American Life • Jun 2011)

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    [38:54] “Harper High School, Part One” (This American Life • Feb 2013)

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    [45:30] “The Right Man for the Job” (This American Life • May 2013)


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