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Reporter Nancy Updike spends two days with Neal Smither, who cleans up crime scenes for a living, and comes away wanting to open his Los Angeles franchise, despite the gore — or maybe because of it.
Seth Freed Wessler reports on people going the opposite direction over the US/Mexico border.
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Several producers talked about the first stories they ever heard on the show, before they worked here.
Unemployment is 9 percent, but it's worst among high school dropouts andpeople with only a high school education.
For a look at the nuts and bolts of government job creation, This American Life Senior Producer Julie Snyder and Planet Money correspondent Adam Davidson attend a meeting of the International Economic Developers Council in San Diego.