Last May, a weird story made the news: the FBI killed a guy in Florida who was vaguely linked to the Boston Marathon bombings. He was an unarmed man, shot 7 times in his living room by federal agents. What really happened? Why was the FBI even in that room with that guy? A reporter spent 5 months looking into it, and she discovered that the FBI was doing a bunch of things that never made the news.
Life aboard the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier that was stationed in the Arabian Sea and supported bombing missions over Afghanistan. Only a few dozen people on board actually fly jets. It takes the rest of the crew — over 5,000 people — to keep them in the air. This American Life producers visited the Stennis in 2002, about six weeks into its deployment. The hour is devoted to this one story.
This week we look at people who see themselves in others and try to live out their lives through stand-ins — including the story of what one father saw in the convicted murderer he decided to adopt. And the proxy battle over a woman’s honor that became a presidential obsession.
It's January, and freezing outside. This week 5 stories from the sunny beach! Including David Sedaris telling us how losing a sister in 2013 prompted a family reunion, and an impulse buy of a lifetime — an oceanfront cottage big enough for all of them.