March 3, 2017

Vague and Confused

A show about rules and what happens when they’re vague and randomly enforced.

The Hawaiian island of Niihau

Sean Cole/This American Life


The Department of Homeland Security’s new policies on deportation have sown fear and confusion among undocumented immigrants. Ira Glass and Lilly Sullivan go to Chicago and meet a family trying to navigate the situation. No one knows what to expect. (12 minutes)
Act One

That’s Just How I Rule

A family that owns a private island in Hawaii sets rules for the people who live there. But when the rules are administered in an unpredictable way, the islanders get upset. Sean Cole and Adia White tell the story. (22 minutes)