The BEST episodes directed by Christopher Wilcha

Escape
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10.00
1 votes

#1 - Escape

This American Life - Season 2 - Episode 1

Two teenage boys in Philadelphia look for ways to impress girls; and a young man fights for his independence from his mother.

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Pandora's Box
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9.61
33 votes

#2 - Pandora's Box

This American Life - Season 1 - Episode 6

Three stories of consequences that follow from human beings' doing what we do best: poking our noses everywhere, fixing things that may or may not be broken, and opening our big mouths. A hot dog stand in Chicago unleashes dark forces in the human soul; and scientists try, unsuccessfully, to create perfect pigs.

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My Way
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8.69
35 votes

#3 - My Way

This American Life - Season 1 - Episode 2

An exploration of the benefits and costs of stubbornness. If you're a 15-year-old boy, and you don't want to fall in love, maybe you can just decide not to do it. Ever. Stories of trying to cheat death, love, political reality, and memory with only an idiosyncratic vision and a lot of stamina.

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Reality Check
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7.86
36 votes

#4 - Reality Check

This American Life - Season 1 - Episode 1

Three stories of people who hatched plans in the hopes of making their dreams come true, but were snapped back to reality by unpleasant outcomes: an elementary school student tries to solve a common childhood problem; a rancher resuscitates a beloved pet, which later turns on him; people team to give an unknown rock band the greatest night of its life.

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God's Close-Up
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7.11
36 votes

#5 - God's Close-Up

This American Life - Season 1 - Episode 3

An artist, his Jesus-model, the model's girlfriend, the girlfriend's father, and a bunch of bearded men all converge in Utah. An elaborate artistic tableau is set up in the desert, and there are several attempts by the faithful and the not-so-faithful to bridge the divide between them. Nancy Updike reports.

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Growth Spurt
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6.29
35 votes

#6 - Growth Spurt

This American Life - Season 1 - Episode 5

What do you do if you don't like where you are in life? You simply decide to move forward, into the next stage, by sheer force of will. A widow; an ambitious, first-time screenwriter; and a 13-year-old girl all charge forward into their futures with uneven results.

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