This American Life
02/27/2017 at 16:50. Facebook
On a summer day in 1951, two baby girls were born in a hospital in small-town Wisconsin. The infants were accidentally switched, and went home with the wrong families. One of the mothers realized the mistake but chose to keep quiet. Until the day, more than 40 years later, when she decided to tell both daughters what happened. How the truth changed two families' lives—and how it didn't.

Switched At Birth
This American Life
02/24/2017 at 22:30. Facebook
Next Week: On a summer day in 1951, two baby girls were born in a hospital in small-town Wisconsin. The infants were accidentally switched, and went home with the wrong families.

Switched At Birth
This American Life
02/24/2017 at 16:14. Facebook
The rise and fall of a school maintenance man who terrorized his staff—humiliating them, vandalizing their houses, planting explosives on their cars—and got away with it for decades.

Petty Tyrant
This American Life
02/23/2017 at 22:12. Facebook
Our producer David Kestenbaum spoke with some people who are in the grand gesture business: skywriters.

Say It Out Cloud.
This American Life
02/23/2017 at 16:00. Facebook
Producer Miki Meek takes Ira back to her old high school in a town called Payson, Utah. They meet up with students who go above and beyond when asking dates out to school dances. Chickens, goats and burning trees are involved.

Grand Gesture
This American Life
02/21/2017 at 16:21. Facebook
In Act 1, Miki Meek tells the story of a man who made a disturbing grand gesture. Karl von Cosel, who worked as a doctor during the Depression era, was infatuated with one of his young patients. When she died, he stole her body from the grave and kept it in his house for 7 years. The surprising thing? The way his neighbors reacted. Local newspapers portrayed von Cosel's act not as a crime, but...
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This American Life
02/20/2017 at 18:55. Facebook
Elna Baker always believed in the power of grand gestures. It’s just that her elaborate schemes didn’t always work out.

Grand Gesture
Coming Up: Grand Gestures

Grand Gestures
After 13 years together, a couple decides to borrow the Amish concept of rumspringa and sleep with other people before deciding whether or not to get married. Then the adventure begins.

Valentine’s Day
When Elna was a kid, she hit her younger sister on the head with a broom, then lied and said it was an accident. So Elna’s dad held a family trial to find the truth, where each child had to give their testimony of the events. And it was all captured on tape.

Regrets, I've Had a Few
Jon Mooallem has the story of an animal that became a resident of Anchorage in a way that few non-humans ever do. [ Link ]
This Week: At a La Jolla, CA beach where harbor seals gather, people are on opposing sides: pro-seal and shared use. And they are ready to rumble.

When the Beasts Come Marching In
One of the justifications for the executive order from the administration was that we needed to temporarily stop admitting immigrants and refugees from these seven countries in order to scrutinize and improve the vetting process. Ira speaks with the vetters about how they vet and what they make of the new order.

Heavy Vetting.
The news of the executive order broke while immigrants and refugees were mid-flight. That meant they were stranded in airports around the country. Zoe Chace has one of their stories, from JFK.

Basket of Deportables.
Ira talks with a skeptical national security expert about whether Trump's executive order actually secures the nation.

How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sharia?
Some refugees in Nairobi have been waiting 10+ years to get to the U.S. How the executive order affected them:

It’s Working Out Very Nicely
Some people have been asking how they can donate to the Somali refugees who were at the top of this week's show. The relief organization Church World Service helps support and resettle them in the U.S.

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Update: Because of the Washington judge's order, the Somali refugees in the opening of this week's show are starting to get rebooked to fly to the U.S.

It’s Working Out Very Nicely
This week we document what happened when the President’s executive order went into effect, and talk about the way it was implemented. A major policy change thrown into the world like a fastball with no warning. It’s hard not to ask: “What just happened? What was that all about?”

It’s Working Out Very Nicely
A woman moved to Poland to find the family who saved her mother from the Nazis during WWII. The reunion was heartwarming at first, but then a whole other version of her family history began to emerge. And it was not a pretty history.

Settling the Score