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Lisa Pollak

Before becoming a producer at This American Life, Lisa was a print reporter at the Baltimore Sun, where she won the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing. Her story about an Iraq War veteran in episode 340 is a must-hear.
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Act Two: Dire Enigmas For Elite Fans

Every winter, some of the world's best puzzle solvers gather in Boston for the MIT mystery hunt, a competition in which teams of puzzle enthusiasts spend between 24 and 72 straight hours trying to solve what just may be the hardest recreational puzzles in the world. This American Life producer Lisa Pollak hung out with one team (named Dr. Awkward...a palindrome) as they worked towards the ultimate answer, the location of a coin, buried somewhere on the MIT campus. Check out the puzzles from that year's hunt.