Once a wall is built, it becomes a fact on the landscape that can totally change the logic of the world around it. In the episode “The Walls,” we have stories about people at walls all over the globe. Fly around to visit the walls in each story.
We commissioned an original cover of “9 to 5,” by Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards, and it’s fantastic. Chana and Robyn talk about how the song came to be. Also, now you can download the song.
Stories from border walls all over the world, and of the strange ecosystems that arise around them.
A different kind of #MeToo story, about several women who worked for the same man.
Exactly how much are the animals that live in our home caught up in everyday family dynamics?
Stories about surviving the mishaps of love.
People who say the “wrong” thing and suffer the consequences.
A year into Trump’s presidency, stories of politicians—of both parties—unable to accomplish tasks that seem pretty straightforward.
A boy who can’t dribble gets a coach, a new best friend, and something to believe in.
People bungle simple operations on some of the most dangerous weapons in the world.
A study by economist Giovanni Peri, who worked with us on our shows about Albertville, Alabama.
When an Alabama town went from 98% white to one-fourth Latino, what did it mean for taxpayers, schools, traffic, crime?
What really happened when undocumented workers showed up in one Alabama town?
Jeff Sessions believes undocumented workers drove down wages in Alabama poultry plants. We commissioned a study to see if he’s right.
Blurring the line between animal and human.
Stories of people trying to unspool some of life’s certainties.
Stories about delays, including a town in Ohio known almost entirely for its speed trap.
Stories that take place on the edge of civilization, just out of sight.
Neil Drumming looks back at a toy he loved that, in retrospect, probably wouldn’t love him back.
What should we make of right-wing groups like the Proud Boys, who believe “the West is the best”?
In 1967, the first black students integrated the South’s elite prep schools. One of the main reasons they were there? To benefit the white kids.
See Bill Alexander and Marvin Barnard transform from freshmen to seniors.
What Betsy DeVos's experience in a public school in her hometown can tell us about her vision for education in this country.
Afrofuturism is a way of looking at black culture that’s fantastic, creative, and oddly hopeful.
Stories of lucky people who have found the exact right person to ring up for help.
Two towns grapple with the question—who do we let in?
People try to go deeper—to get to something real—in some unexpected places: war, magic, and porn.
"I really loved that cape. Felt very official."
See the inspiration for Teller's Red Ball trick.
Former kid magicians Ira Glass and David Kestenbaum dive back into the world of magic.
A polygraph operator and his strange journey.
A Belgian appeals court delivered a verdict in his case.
Three people grapple with the question, “Are we alone?”
Stories about both historical and modern-day swashbucklers who loot, pillage, and question their choices.
Brian Reed, host of S-Town, talked to Jimmy Fallon about how a chance email sent by a fascinating Alabama antique clock restorer led to the podcast.
As part of The Tonight Show’s Mixtape series, Brian Reed shared what podcasts he’s listening to, plus the storytelling styles that helped inspire S-Town.
Before Trump started his presidential campaign, there was a congressional race that redefined what was possible in American politics.
What it's actually like to live in the confusing information landscape that is Putin's Russia.
A surgeon takes out his own appendix in what might be one of the most daring surgeries ever performed.
Teenage girls ask for advice about their love lives, and Ira's tribute to his very grown-up friend Mary.
A show about rules and what happens when they’re vague and randomly enforced.
People going to very extreme measures to demonstrate their feelings.
We document what happened when the President’s executive order went into effect temporarily banning travel from seven countries.
Some people are super-stoked for the political changes that are coming.
Why has it been so hard for us to get the tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans that have helped the U.S. to safety?
Stories from people who want something desperately and then have their wishes fulfilled. Or do they?
Stories of kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions.
Samantha Broun interviews her mom about surviving a brutal attack 20 years ago that ended up changing Pennsylvania law regarding life sentences.