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Bill and Marvin at VES

Sep 8, 2017

In this week’s episode, “Essay B,” Mosi Secret tells the story of the Magnificent Seven, a group of black students who, during the late 1960s and early 1970s, integrated an all-white private boarding school in Virginia. Continue Reading

Photos: Ira Glass and David Kestenbaum as Kid Magicians

Jul 3, 2017

In this week’s episode, “The Magic Show,” host Ira Glass and producer David Kestenbaum dive back into the world of magic to learn things they never knew as kid magicians. Here, we’ve got photos of them as kids performing magic tricks, along with their memories of being magicians.

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The Floating Ball Routine: An Excerpt from David P. Abbott’s “Book of Mysteries”

Jun 30, 2017

Ira writes: In this week’s episode, “The Magic Show,” the magician Teller (of Penn and Teller) talks about everything that went into creating a trick he loves to perform called The Red Ball. Continue Reading

A Thanksgiving Playlist

Nov 23, 2016


photo: 01steven

A few stories for the kitchen, or the long drive.

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This American Vote in Song

Nov 3, 2016

Ira writes:

After producer Zoe Chace pointed out that the Republican leadership this year seemed like figures in a tragic opera, watching their party turned upside down, we set about looking for songwriters. We explained that we didn’t want to make fun of these politicians. We didn’t want to mock. Just the opposite. We wanted the composers to do what great songwriters always do: take us inside someone’s head and help us feel what they feel. Here are all three songs.

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Shortcut: Listeners Choose Their Favorite Moments

Oct 12, 2016

Yesterday we launched Shortcut, a new app that allows you to turn your favorite podcast moments into shareable videos. It's been fun seeing which clips you, our listeners, are picking.

Here are some of our favorites.

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French vs. American Comedy: Gad Elmaleh on Stage

Sep 9, 2016

Zack McDermott writes:

Gad Elmaleh is considered one of the founding fathers of stand-up comedy in France. Before he brought the traditional American stand-up style to France, he did elaborate and theatrical one-man shows.

To say he’s a star in France is an understatement. Just take a look at his entrance in his iconic 2010 special “Papa est en haut.”

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