This American Life

Showtime (ended 2008)




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  • No Respect

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    S 2 : Ep 7 - 5/28/09

    Three pieces about comedy...COMEDY KIDS: Kids of varying ages attend a comedy camp to mixed results. A NIGHT AT THE BIG FISH: What is it like to do stand-up comedy at a venue where you are not welcome, where the audience isn't just disinterested but they are downright hostile? Does it make you a better performer? Or is it an experience you'd never want to repeat? TRAGEDY MINUS COMEDY EQUALS TIME: Shot at a theater on 16mm film in front of a live audience, comedian Mike Birbiglia tells the story of the time he ruined a cancer charity event by giving the worst performance of his life. (Here's a hint: he improvised.)moreless
  • John Smith

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 6/8/08

    The story of John Smith is told through the lives of different people, from all across America, named John Smith.
  • Scenes from a Marriage (aka Every Marriage Is a Courtroom)

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 6/1/08

    Graphic novelist Chris Ware animates this true story that shows that every marriage, even the happy ones, is a courtroom.
  • Underdogs

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 5/25/08

    A group of teenage boys, in New York City, learn how to fight back against bullies in an old fashioned way; two boxers from Tennessee who have known each other, since they were kids, must face each other in a fight that they can't lose.moreless
  • Going Down in History

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    S 2 : Ep 3 - 5/18/08

    A group of Wisconsin prisoners become local celebrities after almost escaping prison by using dental floss; a man who has been obsessed with a bird for over 30 years, reveals a video that he actually saw it.moreless
  • Two Wars

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    S 2 : Ep 2 - 5/11/08

    An Iraqi comes to America after leaving his war-torn country and sets out on a trip across America and lets the U.S. citizens ask questions about any subject; a Bulgarian man decides that an argument with his wife, about lawn upkeep, goes back more than 20 years.moreless
  • Escape

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    S 2 : Ep 1 - 5/4/08

    Two teenage boys in Philadelphia look for ways to impress girls; and a young man fights for his independence from his mother.
  • Pandora's Box

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 4/26/07

    The season one finale tells the stories of unexpected consequences when scientists try to bring in new ideas to the world.
  • Growth Spurt

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 4/19/07

    A stand-up comedian copes with the death of her boyfriend, who died on September 11, 2001; and a Jewish girl reads candid entires from her diary.
  • The Camera Man

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 4/12/07

    The director of an animated short film recalls his craze for cameras, while he was in grade school; a documentarian profiles his parents.
  • God's Close-Up

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 4/5/07

    A group gathers each month in the Mojave Desert with the hope of taking a photograph of God.
  • My Way

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 3/29/07

    Show Theme: An examination of what it means to be stubborn, and its positive and negative effects on one's life.

    Prologue: Larry Wegielski was happily married to his wife Ve-Ve for 50 years. During that time they never left each other’s side. When his wife passes away, Larry is not willing to let his wife go, so he comes up with a plan for them to stay together.

    Act 1: Unlike his friends, Joe (14) does not want to go through the craziness of love, and all the flirting, dating, and heartbreak that goes with it. As a result, Joe comes up with a simple plan… Not to fall in love. Ever.

    Act 2: And Nothing But The Truth. Nazanin Rafsanjani does a story about Brad Blanton and his philosophy of “Radical Honesty.” A theory that seemed out of place when he left his practice, and ran for U.S. Congress.

    Act 3: Still Life. Marcus Halevi is a photographer who has taken images of injustice all over the world. However, it is a set of photos taken here in the United States that he finds the most haunting.moreless
  • Reality Check

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 3/22/07

    Story one: An elementary school student tries to solve a common childhood problem.

    Story Two: A rancher, with the help of the Science department at Texas A&M university clones a beloved pet bull. At first, it appears that everything is just as it was before the origional died until it turns and attacks him.

    Story Three: A group of well intentioned people team up to give an unknown rock band the greatest night of there life. However, after the band finds out, it turns out that their stunt may have caused more harm than good.moreless