This American Life

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  793: The Problem with Ghosts

The ghosts that visit us, the ghosts that never do, and the ghosts that walk among us.
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  792: When to Leave

People staring down that hardest of questions: Is now the time? To leave?
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  556: Same Bed, Different Dreams

People who are tied together, but imagine radically different futures.
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  791: Math or Magic?

When it comes to finding love, there seems to be two schools of thought on the best way to go about it. One says, wait for that lightning-strike magic. The other says, make a calculation and choose the best option available. Who has it right?
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  790: You're It

Sometimes you raise your hand. Other times you’re just the only one left.
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  789: The Runaround

People being dodged, delayed, and evaded—and what they do to put an end to it.
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  174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones

They mean something, whether we want them to or not.
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  788: Half-Baked Stories About My Dead Mom

Writer Etgar Keret tries to come up with the stories that capture his late mother, but it’s hard, he says, because she’s like Maria in West Side Story and she’s also like Thanos from the Avengers. He ends up with a series of very short stories — most j...
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  598: My Undesirable Talent

San Francisco’s Spider-Man burglar was remarkable. He dropped into buildings from skylights, leapt 10 feet from one roof to another. But mostly, his talent got him into trouble. This week, his story, and stories of other undesirable talents.
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  787: Baby's First Christmas

People experiencing Christmas in brand new ways, giving the holiday even more meaning.
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