This American Life
The latest news from Chicago Public Radio's "This American Life." Hosted by Ira Glass, "TAL" is an award-winning radio program and was also an Emmy-winning series on the Showtime network. The weekly radio show features first-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Regular contributors include David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, John Hodgman, Dan Savage, Jonathan Goldstein, and Chris Ware.
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Last May, a weird story made the news: the FBI killed a guy in Florida who was loosely linked to the Boston Marathon bombings. He was shot seven times in his living room by a federal agent. What really happened? Why was the FBI even in that room with him? A reporter spent six months looking into it, and she found that the FBI was doing a bunch of things that never made the news. Her Boston Magazine story.
Broadcast March 8 to March 10
Life aboard the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier that was stationed in the Arabian Sea and supported bombing missions over Afghanistan. Only a few dozen people on board actually fly jets. It takes the rest of the crew — over 5,000 people — to keep them in the air. This American Life producers visited the Stennis in 2002, about six weeks into its deployment. The hour is devoted to this one story.
Broadcast March 1 to March 3
Earlier this year in our "Stuck in the Middle" show, we ran a story about women in the Orthodox Jewish community whose husbands refuse to give them a Jewish writ of divorce, called a "get" in Hebrew. Since that story aired, there's been an update on one person featured in the story. Here's reporter Mark Oppenheimer with more: My story featured a woman named Gital Dodelson, a law student and mother of a young son who has been waiting several years for her get. And on the morning of Feb. 5, an e-mail arrived in my in box, from somebody deep in the know. “Gital just got her get,” it read. And indeed she had. Based on some follow-up reporting I have done — with people who refused to be named — I learned that Gital had to agree to certain slight amendments to the custody arrangement for her son. She also had to pay her ex-husband a lump sum in the low six figures. Rabbinic authorities generally agree that a woman should not have to pay money for a get, although people on the husband’s side said that the money didn’t begin to cover his legal expenses. Of course, Gital had legal expenses, too. Meanwhile, there are many more Gitals. Two years ago, Barbara Zakheim, a Jewish women’s advocate in Washington, D.C., released the results of a census she had performed of agunot, or chained wives — women whose husbands won’t grant them divorces. She counted 462 such women in North America, a number that is surely low.