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31. The Shipping Forecast

The story of this radio program starts (well before the BBC itself) in the 1850s with a man named Admiral Robert FitzRoy. He was the captain of the Beagle, the ship that brought Charles Darwin to the Galapagos. 99% Invisible

 

30. The First Straw

A straw is a simple thing. It’s a tube, a conveyance mechanism for liquid. The defining characteristic of the straw is the emptiness inside it. This is the stuff of tragedy, and America. 99% Invisible

 

29. Voyage Into Pizzagate

A conspiracy theory, a pizza related map, and a website fighting for its very soul. Reply All

 

28. Snapchat Thief

This week, a new Super Tech Support: after Lizzie’s Snapchat gets hacked, things start getting really creepy. Alex investigates. Reply All

 

27. The House that Came in the Mail

The Sears & Roebuck Mail Order Catalog was nearly omnipresent in early 20th century American life. By 1908, one fifth of Americans were subscribers. Anyone anywhere in the country could order a copy for free, look through it, and then have anything their heart desired delivered directly to their doorstep. At its peak, the Sears catalog offered over 100,000 items on 1,400 pages. It weighed four pounds. 99% Invisible

 

26. QAnon Code

This week, to celebrate Alex Goldman’s return from paternity leave, a Yes Yes No extravaganza. Alex takes PJ and Alex Blumberg through the internet’s most encompassing conspiracy theory to date, and then Gene Demby joins us to help unpack a very different kind of conspiracy. Reply All

 

25. Chip in My Brain

A boy who can’t dribble gets a coach, a new best friend, and something to believe in. This American Life

 

24. No More Safe Harbor 

Last month, the government shut down backpage.com, a site where people advertised sex with children. We talk to a group of people who say that was a huge mistake.  Trigger warning: sexual assault. Reply All

 

23. Maeve Lamppost

Maeve sees all of us. But does anyone see her? Maeve the lamppost was played by Maeve Higgins. Her new book of essay is “Maeve in America”. You can find out more about Maeve and all the great things she does right here. Everything is Alive

 

22. The Worst Way to Start a City, 99% Invisible

The area that is now Oklahoma was once a place called Indian Territory. Beginning in the 1800s, the U.S. government designated the land in the Great Plains as a place where it could force indigenous peoples in order to make room for American settlers as they pushed west. All of the routes on the Trail of Tears led to what became Oklahoma.

 

21. Trust the Process

This week, we meet a dominatrix who dominates computers, instead of just people. Plus, the story of a man who hatches a plot to destroy a beloved NBA team, using the best advantage he has — the fact that he’s their general manager. Reply All

 

20. (Not) Christian

William Matthews tells Michael Gungor why he should be a Christian. The Liturgists

 

19. Pain Funnel

An ambitious plan to help people goes off the rails, and a man from Florida tries to fix things the only way he knows how: with prank phone calls. Reply All

 

18. Five Women

A different kind of #MeToo story, about several women who worked for the same man. They tell us not only about their troubling encounters with him, but also about their lives beforehand. Who were they when they entered the workplace, and how did their personal histories shape the way they dealt with his harassment? This American Life

 

17. Serial Season 3

Serial is heading back to court. This time, in Cleveland. A year inside a typical American courthouse. This season we tell you the extraordinary stories of ordinary cases. One courthouse, told week by week. Serial

 

16. Bundyville

From Longreads and Oregon Public Broadcasting, “Bundyville” is a seven-part series chronicling the rise, fall and resurgence of the Bundy family, the armed uprisings they inspired and the fight over the future of the American West.

 

15. Caliphate

An audio series following Rukmini Callimachi as she reports on the Islamic State and the fall of Mosul.

 

14. Can of Soda 

Louis, the can of cola, was played by Louis Kornfield Everything Is Alive

 

13. Richard Rohr

Father Richard Rohr explains how to let go of your false self. Super Soul

 

12. Slow Burn

Slow Burn is a production of Slate Plus. Slate Plus members support our work—and they get a bonus episode every week, with exclusive interviews and conversations that go deeper into the story.

 

11. Go Nads

A multi-episode journey deep into the parts of us that let us make more of us. Longtime staff producer and host Molly Webster explores the primordial roots of our drive to reproduce, introduces a revolutionary fertility procedure that sounds like science fiction, reveals a profound secret about gender that lives inside all of us, and calls on writers, educators, musicians, artists and comedians to debate how we’re supposed to talk to kids about sex. Radio Lab (mini series)

 

10. Latino USA

Latino USA producer Sayre Quevedo’s mom, Maria, picked him up from work. She had some news about their family. Up until this point, Sayre had only ever met two members of his blood family: his mom and brother. His mom ran away from home as a teenager and never returned. His father left before he was born. Then one Mother’s Day, he finds out that a woman who could be his grandmother was alive and living in San Francisco, just a few miles away. “The Quevedos”

 

9. Startup

StartUp is a documentary series about entrepreneurial life. The show has been downloaded tens of millions of times since its launch in 2014. Its first season has been adapted into an ABC sitcom called Alex, Inc. starring Zach Braff. StartUp has won a Gracie Award and the Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism. Church Planting (Series)

 

8. LaDonna

A security guard at the airport notices something going wrong on the tarmac, and takes it upon herself to fix it. It’s way harder than she expects. This American Life

 

7. Grain of Sand

Chioke is not as small as he looks. Chioke the grain of sand was played by Chioke I’Anson. Everything is Alive

 

6. Stitching it All Together

Quilting, one of America’s oldest pastimes, is now also a great American success story. Alexis Ohanian visits Hamilton, Missouri, to meet Jenny Doan, founder of Missouri Star Quilt Company and her son, Al, to learn how they rebuilt their life, their town, and created a global quilting community…one “four-patch block” at a time. Business Schooled

 

5. Crime Machine 1 & 2

New York City cops are in a fight against their own police department. They say it’s under the control of a broken computer system that punishes cops who refuse to engage in racist, corrupt policing. The story of their fight, and the story of the grouchy idealist who originally built the machine they’re fighting. Reply All

 

4. Saving Grace

Autumn loves to play The Sims. The life simulation game gives the 15-year-old an escape from her difficult home life. But after something terrible happens, the line between the game and real life starts to blur. Producer Wallace Mack brings us this week’s story on the journey to find peace amid tragedy. The Nod

 

3. Flip the Script

In this episode we look at situation where someone flips the script – does the opposite of what their natural instinct is, and in this way transforms a situation. Usually when someone is hostile to us, we are hostile right back. The psychological term is “complementarity.” But then in rare cases someone manages to be warm, and what happens as a result can be surprising. Invisibilia

 

2. Seeing White

Just what is going on with white people? Police shootings of unarmed African Americans. Acts of domestic terrorism by white supremacists. The renewed embrace of raw, undisguised white-identity politics. Unending racial inequity in schools, housing, criminal justice, and hiring. Some of this feels new, but in truth it’s an old story. Scene on Radio

 

1. The Feather Heist

A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds. This American Life