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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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688: The Out Crowd
Reports from the frontlines of the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" asylum policy. We hear from asylum seekers waiting across the border in Mexico, in a makeshift refugee camp,  and from the officers who sent them there to wait in the first place. 
687: Small Things Considered
Stories about being little. Secret writings in tiny letters. The power of a very small number. And a medication that's supposed to cure shortness. 
239: Lost in America
Stories of people who are lost, histories that are lost, and things that are lost. This show was recorded onstage in front of audiences on a five-city tour in May 2003. The cities: Boston, Washington DC, Portland Oregon, Denver and Chicago. Featuring house band OK Go.
319: And the Call Was Coming from the Basement
For the week leading up to Halloween, scary stories that are all true. Kidnappings, zombie raccoons, haunted houses—real haunted houses!—and things that go "EEEEK!!!" in the night. Plus, a story by David Sedaris, in which he walks among the dead.
686: Umbrellas Up
For over 100 days now, protesters in Hong Kong have taken to the streets every weekend. What it’s like to live through that.
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4 days, 20 hours