Five This American Life episodes that have stuck in my mind long after listening to them. Enjoy!

441: When Patents Attack!

Why would a company rent an office in a tiny town in East Texas, put a nameplate on the door, and leave it completely empty for a year? The answer involves a controversial billionaire physicist in Seattle, a 40 pound cookbook, and a war waging right now, all across the software and tech industries.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/441/when-patents-attack

461: Take the Money and Run for Office

For anyone who has ever heard the term “Washington insider” and felt outside — we are with you. So this week, we go inside the rooms where the deals get made, to the actual moment that the checks change hands — and we ask the people writing and receiving the checks what, exactly, is the money buying?

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/461/take-the-money-and-run-for-office

414: Right to Remain Silent

Stories about people who have the right to remain silent… but choose not to exercise that right—including police officer Adrian Schoolcraft, who secretly recorded his supervisors telling officers to manipulate crime statistics and make illegal arrests.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/414/right-to-remain-silent

355: The Giant Pool of Money

A special program about the housing crisis produced in a special collaboration with NPR News. We explain it all to you. What does the housing crisis have to do with the turmoil on Wall Street? Why did banks make half-million dollar loans to people without jobs or income? And why is everyone talking so much about the 1930s?

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/355/the-giant-pool-of-money

282: DIY

After four lawyers fail to get an innocent man out of prison, his friend takes on the case himself. He becomes a do-it-yourself investigator. He learns to read court records, he tracks down hard-to-find witnesses, he gets the real murderer to come forward with his story. In the end, he’s able to accomplish all sorts of things the police and the professionals can’t.

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/282/diy


Runner Up:

460: Retraction

http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/460/retraction