As a joke, Jessica Williamson posts a fake “CAT FOUND” poster with pictures of a possum instead of a cat. To her surprise, she gets hundreds of phone calls that ultimately shift her view on humanity.
Host Ira Glass reminds us that, before they change the country, all major Supreme Court cases start with just a person, in a place. (3 minutes)
Host Ira Glass walks through possible next steps with a pro-life activist who worked on the Texas SB8 bill, that set a precedent for enforcement of abortion bans throughtout the country.
Ira talks with Cassidy, a 10-year-old who has to take a very long route when he encounters an unfamiliar word in a book.
Elna Baker tells Ira about two detectives who solved a murder remarkably quickly, especially considering that they were still in middle school.
Ken had created a website and abandoned it. Years later, a stranger reaches out to him and tells him he can make money off it.
Host Ira Glass zooms in on five surreal minutes of Hungary’s opposition campaign. (5 minutes)
Like a lot of parents, Yibin Li’s dad dedicated himself to making sure his daughter stayed on a path that would lead her to a better life than his. But the obstacles her dad had to surmount to achieve this are unlike those any parent anywhere has faced.
Ira’s story of Yibin Li continues.
Late at night on the evening Russia invaded Ukraine, Ira talks to two people who escaped to Lviv, near the Polish border: a woman we call Natalie, and the Ukraine Correspondent for The Economist, Richard Ensor. Natalie’s harrowing story about escaping Kyiv is not the sort of war story that makes you think, "I can't imagine what it'd be like to go through that.” In fact it’s just the opposite.
Vladmir Putin’s approval rating among Russians is always stunningly high. Ira talks to reporter Charles Maynes to find out if that number is real and how it could be that high.
Disinformation and propaganda works differently in Putin’s Russia than it did during the Soviet Union. Instead of tamping down the opposition, the Russian government works to control the opposition.
Protestors came out across Russia after the Ukraine invasion. In this act, that we first broadcast in 2017, we hear from young people who attended anti-government protests that swept through Russia.
Ira talks with a radio announcer in Truckee, California, about the increasingly alarming content of his fishing reports.
Ira introduces the first part of the latest podcast from Brian Reed (S-Town) and Hamza Syed — which all started when Hamza was a student with a burning question.
Ira summarizes part one of our story.
Ira tells three stories about the ghosts captured whenever you record sound. (10 minutes)Michèle Dawson Haber wrote about hearing her father’s voice on tape as a Modern Love column "Hearing His Voice Changed Everything," in The New York Times.
There’s a machine lots of us encounter as a big impersonal, mechanical apparatus, that has a ghost in it. But it’s a ghost that appears to just a small handful of people. Jean Hannah Edelstein tells the story to Ira.
A teenage girl finds a wallet and has to decide whether to return it. That, and other stories of people trying to do the right thing, and it not working out the way they thought.
Brian and Peg disagree over a very important thing. Host Ira Glass tries to figure out who’s right.
Ira goes out birding with birder extraordinaire Noah Strycker, who tells the dramatic story of the bird that changed his life: the turkey vulture.
Carmen Milito tells Ira the story of a date she went on as a teenager, and the bird her mom brought to the occasion.
At Sullivan High School in Chicago, being able to communicate is key. (5 minutes)
Scott, who had worked as a guard at Guantanamo Bay, sees that the detainee he had been in charge of all those years ago, Mohamedou Ould Slahi, had finally been released. The two of them talk.