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The Twentieth of January

A spy novel from the 80’s gives Donald Trump and his Russian friends some ideas. PLUS your host inspires the youth with cowardice.

Future Tense

President Trump may be the most vocal with his disdain, but he's hardly the first president to have a rocky relationship with the press. Plus, why the White House press corps is so frustrating for everyone involved, and whether Trump's open animosity ...

The Markovian Parallax Denigrate

In the 1990s, a pre-internet called Usenet developed a bit of a spam problem. Hundreds of messages titled Markovian Parallax Denigrate were posted over the course of one day, but decades later something more interesting was discovered about them. ...

Is the American Dream Really Dead?

Just a few decades ago, more than 90 percent of 30-year-olds earned more than their parents had earned at the same age. Now it's only about 50 percent. What happened -- and what can be done about it? ...

HBM071: The Evangelists of Nudism

Growing up Mormon in Montana, Bethany Denton had a phrase drilled into her mind from an early age: “modest is hottest.” But by the time Bethany moved to Washington State for college, she had rejected the church and that’s when she met Helen. ...

I Had Babies To Pay For My Baby

Sarah Short remembers being 19 years old, staring at the bill from the hospital where she gave birth to her daughter. It added up to about $10,000. "There's the anesthesia, the hospital stay, and the doctor—and I just laughed," she tells me. "I was ...

243- Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle

On January 3, 1979, two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department went to the home of Eulia May Love, a 39-year-old African-American mother. The police were there because of a dispute over an unpaid gas bill. The officers approached ...

The Moth Radio Hour: Live from Boston

A special Live edition of The Moth  at Wilbur Theater in Boston, Massachusetts. Hosted by Tara Clancy with additional hosting from Jay Allison. An internet scam gets emotional; a couple decide to have their second child; a patient waits for ...

"Busted" #5: Breaking News Consumer's Handbook: Poverty in America Edition

When reporting on poverty, the media fall into familiar traps and pundits make prescriptions that disregard the facts. So, in the fifth and final installment of our series, "Busted: America's Poverty Myths," we present a Breaking News Consumer's ...

"Busted" #4: When the Safety Net Doesn't Catch You

UPDATE: OTM has received numerous inquiries from listeners who want to help Margaret Smith. If you’d like to donate, she has set up a PayPal account here. Please note that neither OTM nor WNYC is affiliated with this account. We do not control ...

"Busted" #3: Rags to Riches

In the third installment of our series, "Busted: America's Poverty Myths," we take on one of our country's most fundamental notions: that America is a land of equal opportunity and upward mobility for all. And we ask why, in spite of a wealth of ...

"Busted" #2: Who Deserves To Be Poor?

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"Busted" #1: The Poverty Tour

Today, more than 45 million Americans live in poverty. The problem has been addressed countless times since the nation’s founding, but it persists, and for the poorest among us, it gets worse. America has not been able to find its way to a ...

The Way Home

Dario DiBattista, Hallie Bulleit and Ian Steffe share stories about where they came from versus where they've gone.

Entrapment

The FBI builds more surveillance traps that don’t work, and your host shares a few of his earliest adventures in surveillance.  

The Great Office Coffee Election

We follow one woman’s quest to get better coffee in her office, a process that culminates in a companywide taste test. Plus we ask experts whether caffeine actually makes us more productive. Please subscribe to this podcast in iTunes or the ...

No Bad News

Three decades ago, American hypnotist Larry Garrett committed himself to abstaining from the news. So, in 2001, when he received a phone call inviting him to Iraq, he said yes. ...

The Game Has Changed

As tensions between the press and the president-elect continue to mount, a look at why some news outlets chose to publish a salacious but unverified set of allegations about Donald Trump. Plus, how the rules of journalism may change in the Era of ...

Disappearance of Harold Holt

On December 17, 1967 Australian Prime Minister Harold Holt waded into the ocean for a swim while the rest of his party watched from the beach. He disappeared in the waves and was never seen again. Was it an accident, murder, suicide, or a well ...

Trevor Noah Has a Lot to Say

The Daily Show host grew up as a poor, mixed-race South African kid going to three churches every Sunday. So he has a sui generis view of America -- especially on race, politics, and religion -- and he's not afraid to speak his mind. ...

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