Senior editor David Kestenbaum helps his kids set up an ant farm. They follow all the instructions, to the letter! But he ends up learning a lesson he’s pretty sure the manufacturer did not intend.
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A state senator tries persuading his own constituents, from his own party, that the 2020 election was not stolen. (17 minutes)
When you need to retrieve all manner of treasures secured behind steel doors and complex locks, there’s one man you can count on: safecracker Dave McOmie.
David Kestenbaum follows one person as they try to find something—a set of words, some facts, a story—to convince Trump Republicans to get themselves vaccinated.
The discovery of 30 century-old postcards written in old Yiddish by a distant family member challenges David Kestenbaum’s ideas about the unimportance of blood ties.
Fewer than 40 million Americans have gotten the vaccine so far, which leaves a lot of people jealous and wondering what happens inside those little rooms.
For years one group of people has been trying to push a giant boulder to the top of a hill, like Sisyphus. But in this case, it looks like they’ve actually succeeded! David Kestenbaum spoke with four scientists who have been working on a coronavirus vaccine, one that was just shown to work.
David Kestenbaum talks to one teacher there who’s already gone through a month of in-person learning to see what the future might hold for other schools.
Host Ira Glass gives an update on his health status after going into quarantine last week, and David Kestenbaum interviews a 71 year old trying to avoid the virus.
Host Ira Glass talks with David Kestenbaum about a phone app that can create alternate universes with the press of a button.
David Kestenbaum finds out about a speech that, in another world, President Clinton gave on August 17, 1998.
David Kestenbaum tells the story of a man on the verge of one of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time … right on the verge. (4 minutes)
David Kestenbaum talks about his love of the number zero and its power to destroy. Among zero's victims: one of the most controversial laws in recent memory.
Producer David Kestenbaum drops in on some Republicans who are still trying to field a candidate to challenge this president.
Where do we go when we die? Producer David Kestenbaum learns that the answer's pretty bureaucratic.
Producer David Kestenbaum explains how teachers at his sons’ preschool installed a “tattle phone” where kids could register their complaints about each other. David rigged it up to record those complaints and document the unfairnesses of preschool.
When health care premiums went up in New York State, a bunch of people got mad and wrote letters to the state.
Producer David Kestenbaum took issue with the entire premise of today’s show, and explains why.
Producer David Kestenbaum tells the story of an astronaut who returns with a very unexpected view of the great beyond.
There are two tiny Spanish towns on the African continent protected by multiple layers of razor wire, cameras and guards.
David Kestenbaum retraces the steps of Steve Snyder, a man who found himself running for love.
A private basketball coach teaches a young student some things his parents don't agree with. David Kestenbaum has the story.
Cody's parents try to get him to unlearn some of what AJ taught him—and it's difficult.
Guest host David Kestenbaum talks to producer Diane Wu about a list she keeps of things she means to know. Sweet potatoes vs. yams.