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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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Ira dressed as a dog dressed as Ira

October 31, 2014 - 7:41pm

Ira writes:

Elna Baker who does stories for our show, dropped by the office today with this costume she made out of fake fur from the fabric store. "I'm great with a glue gun" she explained. This is me, dressed as the dog who won a costume contest in Brooklyn last weekend, dressed as me. Happy Halloween!

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Dog Dressed as Public Radio Host Wins Honors

October 27, 2014 - 11:39am

Ira writes:

I learned on Twitter this weekend that the annual “Pupkin” Halloween dog costume contest in Fort Greene Brooklyn was won by a dog dressed as me. This is a level of fame I’ve never heard of before and I guess I feel ... um, flattered?

What’s sad is that if Us Magazine did a “Who Wore It Best” poll, of each of us in our suits, no question the dog would win it.

Photo: Betty Kang

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This Week on the Radio: "It Says So Right Here"

October 26, 2014 - 8:00pm
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.

Broadcast October 25 to October 27

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This Week on the Radio: "Is This Working?"

October 19, 2014 - 8:00pm
Stories of schools struggling with what to do with misbehaving kids. There's no general agreement about what teachers should do to discipline kids. And there's evidence that some of the most popular punishments actually may harm kids.

Photo: a student at Lyons Community School in New York does an exercise before a student "circle." More photos here.

Broadcast October 18 to October 20

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