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Home of the Brave

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Home of the Brave: new and old stories from "This American Life" contributor Scott Carrier.

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Home of the Brave: new and old stories from "This American Life" contributor Scott Carrier.

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Keep up the good work Scott!

By fasdfzsdfasdfasdfasdfasdf - Jul 15 2019
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Been a fan since hearing him on TAL years ago. Refreshing look at our world, check it out.

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By Doylekati - Apr 29 2019
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Always smart. Always opens new vistas. Never cliched.

iTunes Ratings

907 Ratings
Average Ratings
851
27
6
11
12

Keep up the good work Scott!

By fasdfzsdfasdfasdfasdfasdf - Jul 15 2019
Read more
Been a fan since hearing him on TAL years ago. Refreshing look at our world, check it out.

Best of

By Doylekati - Apr 29 2019
Read more
Always smart. Always opens new vistas. Never cliched.
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Home of the Brave

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Home of the Brave: new and old stories from "This American Life" contributor Scott Carrier.

Rank #1: The Road

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I-80, Wyoming


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I-10, Texas

I-10, Texas

Hullet, Wyoming


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Sep 07 2016
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Rank #2: Trump Supporters

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Donald Trump is in the news a lot, but we don't hear much from his supporters. I figured Nevada was a good place to find some.

Music by Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes,  Bugs Buny's Greatest Hits; Iceburn, In the Desert.

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Oct 16 2015
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Rank #3: The Green River

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Paul Brennan, Creighton King, and myself at the Green River Lakes in the summer of 1991.

I thought, considering the recent mind-fuck of news, it would be good to play a relaxing story. This is a re-run from a couple summers ago, although I originally produced it in 1991 for Weekend All Things Considered.

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May 26 2017
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Rank #4: My First Radio Story

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I-10, Texas, 1983

This is how I started producing stories for public radio in 1983. I was extremely lucky. Some people say I still am.

Music during the introduction: Slow Bicycle by Mum

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Soapbox preacher, I-10 near El Paso, Texas, 1983

Mar 15 2017
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Rank #5: End of Season One: A Walk On the Beach

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I need to take a break so let's call this the end of season one. And I'd like to play the second story I produced for the show, an interview with Alex Chadwick. 

Thank you very much for your support. I'm going to turn off the subscription service (Pay Pal), but you can still donate and buy tee-shirts, tote bags, and patches. I hope to be back soon. 

Music: Slow Bicycle by Mum.

May 08 2018
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Rank #6: The Rebel Yell

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Covering the 2004 Republican Convention in New York City.

Music by the Icelandic group Mum (We Have a Map of the Piano, The Land Between Solar Systems, Slow Bicycle) and Kid Rock (All Summer Long).

 

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Apr 24 2015
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Rank #7: The West Desert

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A story (produced in 1989) about the Great Salt Lake Desert.

Music by Pauline Oliveros, Lear from the album "Deep Listening"; Neil Young, Married Man from "Neil Young and the Bluenotes".

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Oct 02 2015
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Rank #8: The Greater Yellowstone Grizzly

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Upper Paradise Valley, Montana.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to take the Yellowstone grizzly bear off the list of endangered species, perhaps before the end of this year. This is the beginning of a series about the issues surrounding the management of the bear in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

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The South Fork of the Shoshone River near Cody, Wyoming.

The Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley, Montana.

Bill Zanoni and son, looking for bears in Tom Miner Basin, just north of Yellowstone Park.


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Oct 13 2016
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Rank #9: Bear's Ears, Part One

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Looking south towards the Navajo Reservation from the top of Cedar Ridge, Utah.

The first in a series of reports about the controversy over public land in southern Utah, plus a story by radio genius Joe Frank, who passed away January 15, 2018.

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Jan 16 2018
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Rank #10: Two More Stories About Mountains

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A stitched panorama of the Salt Lake valley, from the north end.

Jan 01 2018
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Rank #11: The Continental Divide

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The top of the highway through Rocky Mountain National Park.

The day before it snowed three inches.


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Jun 16 2017
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Rank #12: It's All Over Now

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photo by CNBC

Who is this guy? Who is he really? We think of him as a villain, but perhaps he's more the tragic hero, doomed to lose everything he cares about.

The link to Bonnie Raitt on the David Letterman show

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Feb 23 2017
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Rank #13: Lick the Crickets by Larry Massett

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Collage by Charles Hope

From following the news lately I feel like I don't know who to believe or who to trust, like I don't know what's going on or why and things are only going to get worse and there's nothing I can do about it. In times like this maybe surrealistic poetry and Dada make more sense than realism.

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Collage by Charles Hope

Apr 18 2018
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Rank #14: Maybe He Became a Bear: An Interview with Jim Harrison

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I don't know who took this photo, but I owe him or her a t-shirt and patch.

I spoke with Jim at Dennis Sizemore's house up Emigration Canyon, about ten miles east of Salt Lake City. We'd eaten dinner and it was too noisy inside the house, so we sat in my pickup truck out in the driveway.

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Apr 06 2016
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Rank #15: The Pacific Northwest Trail

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This is a story I produced last summer for The New Yorker Radio Hour. It’s about a controversy over one of the newest long-distance hiking trails in the United States. It was a difficult story to cover and explain, but I had excellent help from the NYRH producers and editors. I’d like to work for them again.

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Ron Strickland, father of the Pacific Northwest Trail.

The PNT crosses the Kootenai River Valley, north of Sandpoint, Idaho.

Mar 14 2019
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Rank #16: Najibullah in America

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Najibullah becomes a student, and I become a professor, at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.

Music: Erik Satie, Gymnopedie No. 3 and Gnosienne No. 1 and Gnosienne No. 2; Stravinsky, Symphony of Pslams; Radzetsky March; Gustave Faure, Pelleas et Melisande; Rolling Stones, Sympathy for the Devil; Maquinal Tango, Darsensa Sur.

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Apr 03 2015
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Rank #17: The Continental Divide, Part Two

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I try it again, this time with some respect.

The short clip of music in the middle of the story is by the Icelandic group MUM.

The music at the end is a North Vietnamese boys' choir, a recording given to me by Alex Chadwick.


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Jul 07 2017
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Rank #18: The Test

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This story originally aired on This American Life in 1996, but there's a new rant at the end. 

Music: White Rabbit by Grace Slick, performed by Mayssa Karaa for the American Hustle soundtrack.

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Photo by Carlo Nasisse

Jan 03 2017
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Rank #19: The Oracle

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My friend Alex and I try to visit the Utah Data Center, 20 miles south of my house in Salt Lake City.

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Check out The Sonosopher, a documentary about Alex Caldiero.

James Bamford's article on the Utah Data Center in Wired Magazine.

Music from the film The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Sep 01 2017
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Rank #20: Standing Rock, Part One

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A water protecter, near Mandan, North Dakota.

The battle at the bridge, November 20, 2016.

Music by Mum.

These are the dump trucks blocking state highway 1806 at the bridge over Cantapeda Creek, less than a mile north of the Sacred Stone Camp, less than a mile south of where the pipeline crosses the highway. The battle on November 20 started as water protecters/protesters were trying to clear the  road by pulling the dump trucks out of the way.

Some of Kevin Gilbertt's live-streamed video. You can see more on his Facebook page, Kevin Gilbertt.

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Nov 23 2016
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