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Elna Baker

Producer & Guest on This American Life
Elna Baker is a writer and comedic storyteller. She’s appeared on This American Life, A Prairie Home Companion, The Moth Radio Hour, BBC Radio 4, All Things Considered, WTF with Marc Maron, and Studio 360, among other shows. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, and she published a memoir called The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance.

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589: Tell Me I’m Fat
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This American Life
The way people talk about being fat is shifting. With one-third of Americans classified as overweight, and another third as obese, and almost none of us losing weight and keeping it off, maybe it’s time to rethink the way we see being fat. A show inspired by Lindy West’s book Shrill.
47: Christmas and Commerce
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This American Life
Stories about the intersection of Christmas and retail, originally broadcast in 1996 when our show was only one year old. Including David Sedaris's story "Santaland Diaries," which first aired on NPR's Morning Edition in a much shorter version.
204: 81 Words
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This American Life
The story of how the American Psychiatric Association decided in 1973 that homosexuality was no longer a mental illness.
663: How I Read It
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This American Life
Documents you don't normally think of, showing you things you didn't expect. 
479: Little War on the Prairie
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This American Life
Growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, John Biewen says, nobody ever talked about the most important historical event ever to happen there: in 1862, it was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hanged after a war with white settlers. John went back to Minnesota to figure out what really happened 150 years ago, and why Minnesotans didn’t talk about it much after.
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Episode Count
21
Podcast Count
1
Total Airtime
15 hours, 57 minutes