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This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.More from This American Life »

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479: Little War on the Prairie

Growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, John Biewen says, nobody ever talked about the most important historical event ever to happen there: in 1862, it was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hanged after a war with white settlers. John went back to Minnesota to figure out what really happened 150 years ago, and why Minnesotans didn't talk about it much after.

492: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Benjamin Gilmer gets a job at a rural clinic. He finds out he's replaced someone — also named Dr. Gilmer — 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.

662: Where There Is a Will

Stories of people who believe there is always a way. And also those who don't.

661: But That's What Happened

Stories of women in unsettling situations. When they try to explain what's wrong, they're told that they don't understand—that there's nothing unsettling about it.

660: Hoaxing Yourself

Stories of people who tell a lie and then believe the lie more than anyone else does. In other words: Stories about people pulling hoaxes...on themselves.

659: Before the Next One

There's no rulebook on how to handle a school shooting. And no real way to prepare for one. This week, people take what they've learned from these tragedies and try to use that knowledge to save others.

658: The Unhappy Deciders

Making big decisions about other people's lives can feel pretty awful. Zoe Chace followed Senator Jeff Flake as he decided to force the Senate to delay its vote on Judge Kavanaugh. Among her discoveries: Those protestors in the elevator? They aren't the reason he did what he did.

657: The Runaways

A bunch of teenagers go missing from a town in Long Island. For months, the police treat them as runaways, ignoring the kids' parents, who keep trying to tell them otherwise. They keep trying to tell them that something much worse might have happened.

656: Let Me Count the Ways

Yes, youʼve heard about the family separations. Youʼve heard about the travel ban. But there are dozens of ways the Trump administration is cracking down on immigration across many agencies, sometimes in ways so small and technical it doesnʼt make headlines. This week, the quiet bureaucratic war that's even targeting legal immigrants.

655: The Not-So-Great Unknown

What happens when unadventurous people end up in adventurous situations. Like an astronaut who goes to places no one has gone before, even though he's not really into outer space.

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