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National Public Radio's long-running documentary series makes the leap to TV, telling stories culled from all across the nation. Host Ira Glass (who's pulling double-duty on the TV show as he's also the host on radio) and a team of filmmakers spend months on the road finding stories they think would be interesting to viewers -- stories involving Iowa pig farms, an Illinois hot-dog stand and a man who spends several hours a day in his family's mausoleum, among other tales. Many of the stories featured on the show were originally told on the radio show, with video added for the TV audience.

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A look at comedians and their audiences includes kids learning to fight bullies; Mike Birbiglia.
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Several people share the name John Smith.
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Cartoonist Chris Ware animates a true story about marriage; a husband is obsessed with a legal battle.
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Boxers in Tennessee face off in an important match; New York children learn to fight bullies the old fashioned way.
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Wisconsin convicts attempt to escape prison using dental floss; high-school students pose for yearbook snapshots; a man has a 30-year obsession with a bird.
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A young Iraqi embarks on an American road trip; a Bulgarian man in Rhode Island has an ongoing argument with his American wife.
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People escape home but do not go far away; Philadelphia teenage boys use old-school transportation; a young man fights for independence from his mother.
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Innovation yields surprising results for researchers.
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Stories exploring the cost of stubbornness include a boy who decides never to fall in love and a politician who tries to win an election without telling a single lie.
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Getting closer to God; an artist serves dinner to a diverse group.
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Cartoonist Chris Ware; a filmmaker documents his alcoholic stepfather.
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Effecting positive change.
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People try to make their dreams come true but sometimes fail.

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