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Nancy Updike

Producer & Guest on This American Life
Nancy Updike is an American public radio producer and writer. She is one of the founding producers of the long-running radio program This American Life. Her work has been featured on other radio programs including All Things Considered, and has been published in The New York Times Magazine, LA Weekly, The Boston Globe, and


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679: Save the Girl
Episode of
This American Life
People go on missions to save young girls from danger. But sometimes they get so caught up in the mission that it overshadows the girl herself.
678: The Wannabes
Episode of
This American Life
This country is crawling in presidential candidates right now and they're bumping into each other in Des Moines and yelling over each other in Miami. We hang out with them, in this weird early period of the election when they're easy to walk right up to.
354: Mistakes Were Made
Episode of
This American Life
It’s the late 1960s, and a California TV repairman named Bob sees an opportunity to help people cheat death with the new science of cryonics. But freezing dead people isn’t easy. And apologizing for the mistakes you make along the way? Even harder.
677: Seeing Yourself In the Wild
Episode of
This American Life
Stories of those unexpected moments when we see who we really are.
676: Here’s Looking at You, Kid
Episode of
This American Life
Adults telling kids who they are, and kids wondering — are they right?
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4 days, 2 hours