Stories by Ben Calhoun

In the last school year alone, 29 current and recent students of Harper High School in Chicago were shot. 29. This American Life spent five months at the school to get a sense of what it means to live in the midst of all that violence. Listen to Part 2.

Alex Kotlowitz
Ben Calhoun
This American Life
59 min 18 sec
Air Date: 02/15/2013

Knowing what’s going on in the minds of humans is a leap of faith, but a pretty safe leap. The minds of animals is another story. When Jerry Stones, a zookeeper, was duped by an orangutan named Fu Manchu, was he knowingly deceiving his human captors?

Ben Calhoun
24 min 35 sec
Air Date: 05/14/2010

Best friends Rich Carlson and Tom Swenor got so fed up with the political process that they decided to form their own Tea Party chapter. But as election season revved up, the two had very different ideas about how to advance a conservative agenda.

Ben Calhoun
This American Life
34 min 24 sec
Air Date: 10/29/2010