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This American Life

This week on This American Life -- What Doesn't Kill You. Saturday at Noon and Sunday at 7:00 p.m. on NPR 89.1 FM/1550 AM.

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What Doesn't Kill You Stories of how people cope after brushes with death. Sometimes death comes as a disease. Sometimes it swims up and bites you. And sometimes it's a pen or pencil, sitting there, just waiting for you to ingest it.

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This American Life, hosted by Ira Glass, has a hard-to-describe sound, millions of listeners, and a bunch of awards.

Each week features a theme and a variety of stories on that theme. It's mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always.

Some of the writers whose work has been on the program: David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, Russell Banks, Dave Eggers, David Rakoff, Tobias Wolff, Jhumpa Lahiri, Anne Lamott, Michael Lewis, Michael Chabon, Nick Hornby, Alex Kotlowitz, Dan Savage, David Foster Wallace, Spalding Gray, Chris Ware, Gay Talese, Haruki Murakami, Aimee Bender, Lydia Davis, Junot Diaz, Sherman Alexie, Bill Buford.

This American Life started in 1995 in Chicago. It went national in early 1996 and in the years since, it's won a lot of awards, such as the Peabody, DuPont-Columbia, Murrow, and Overseas Press Club, to name a few. Ira Glass, the host of the show, was named best radio host in the country by Time Magazine. And the American Journalism Review declared that the show is at "the vanguard of a journalistic revolution."

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