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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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Public Radio Tagger Strikes Again

August 25, 2014 - 4:09pm

A listener writes:

"I'm a fan of the show, ran across this in Iowa and had to share."

(We've actually gotten a couple of emails over the past few years from people seeing public radio inspired graffiti. )

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This Week on the Radio: "Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde"

August 24, 2014 - 8:00pm
Dr. Benjamin Gilmer (left) gets a job at a rural clinic. He finds out he’s replaced someone — also named Dr. Gilmer (picture) — who went to prison after killing his own father. But the more Benjamin’s patients talk about the other Dr. Gilmer, the more confused he becomes. Everyone loved the old Dr. Gilmer. So Benjamin starts digging around, trying to understand how a good man can seemingly turn bad.

Broadcast August 23 to August 25

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This Week on the Radio: "Magic Words"

August 17, 2014 - 8:00pm
When Jonathan Goldstein was a kid, his father gave him a book that promised to teach you how to shoot mental laser beams, win the lottery, move solid objects with your mind, make others obey your command – all through the use of mental power and magic words. This week, he revisits the book to try to unlock the secrets within. And we have other stories where people recite words that have the power to change their lives, with no magic or mumbo jumbo at all.

Broadcast August 16 to August 18

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