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This week we return to one of our favorite themes: This Week! All of the stories in the show are things that have taken place in the last seven days. We've got our own take on the big, national stories of the week but we also turn a searchlight across America and find the smaller, more personal and more spectacular stories that most of us never hear. Source: thisamericanlife.org
This week we bring you backstage with comedy writers at The Onion. They start with over 600 potential headlines for their fake-news newspaper each week, and over the course of two days, in the very tough room that is their editorial conference room, they select 16 to go in the paper. Plus other people speaking their minds in very tough rooms.
This American Life spends a few days in a mall in suburban Tennessee, to see what people are buying in this grim financial mood, and how stores are coping. Also, a rift in the national association of real-bearded Santas (yes, there is...