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Home of the Brave

100 EpisodesProduced by Scott CarrierWebsite

Home of the Brave: new and old stories from "This American Life" contributor Scott Carrier.

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Encountering the Other, Part Two

October 26th, 2019

I was driving around rural western Colorado, near the border with Utah, near where Jack …

Encountering the Other

October 3rd, 2019

It’s not easy for me to walk up to people and ask if they want to be interviewed for my …

Fund Drive

September 13th, 2019

Yellowstone Lake, August 2019

This show is a request for funding, a responsibility for which I am …

The Life and Times of Solidod

August 23rd, 2019

Solidod in Bozeman, Montana, 2012. Photo by Jake Warga.

The Strait of Hormuz

August 10th, 2019

I wanted to see the place where a war between the United States and Iran may begin. It …

Alan Chin--Photographer

July 9th, 2019

Baghdad, Iraq

May 7, 2005

A suicide car bomb in Baghdad's downtown Tahrir Square killed at least 5 and wounded at least 31.


Let's Talk About Not Going To War

June 23rd, 2019

For the solstice, the sun tunnels in the West Desert of Utah.

Dreamers by Joe Frank

May 31st, 2019

photo by Michal Story

Trump’s threats to go to war with Iran made me feel powerless and lonely because I’m afraid …

Getting Into Cars With Strangers

May 7th, 2019

Biloxi, Mississippi

This is maybe what you’d call …

Some Spring Time Stories

April 16th, 2019

I just got back from speaking at two radio conferences in Europe. I saw the leaves come out on the trees along the canals in Amsterdam. I woke …

The Pacific Northwest Trail

March 14th, 2019

This is a story I produced last summer for The New Yorker Radio Hour. It’s about a controversy over one of the newest long-distance hiking …

Warriors Zulu Nation Honduras

February 19th, 2019

A day inside the gang-ridden community of Chamelecon, Honduras. Donate …

Honduras Part One: A New Caravan

January 20th, 2019

Some of the new caravan before departing from the bus station in San Pedro Sula, …


December 22nd, 2018

Ruth Pena and her daughter, from El Salvador, at the beach in Tijuana. That’s the border wall in the background.

Across the Desert

December 12th, 2018

A sticker on one of the steel columns of the border wall south of Las Cruces, NM.

Casa del Migrante

December 4th, 2018

At Casa del Migrante in Juarez, the wrists of Estela Magdalena Simon Esteban, 23 years …

No Solution

November 14th, 2018

Immigrants crossing the border near Agua Prieta, Sonora, 2005. Photo by Julian Cardona.

End of Season One: A Walk On the Beach

May 8th, 2018

I need to take a break so let's call this the end of season one. And I'd like to play the second story I produced for the show, an interview with Alex …

Rumble Strip: It's a Podcast

April 27th, 2018

Erica Heilman produces Rumble Strip from her home in Calais, Vermont. I like it because I never know what she's going to do next. This is a satire about modern …

Bear's Ears, Part Six: Industrial Tourism

March 31st, 2018

Which is worse--a campground or an oil well?



Bear's Ears, Part Five: Traditional Ecological Knowledge

March 15th, 2018

Firewood in Monument Valley, collected on Cedar Mesa to heat Navajo homes. 

Bear's Ears, Part Four: The Hopi Way

February 28th, 2018

Comb Wash

A conversation with Leigh Kuwanwisiwma, Hopi elder.



Bear's Ears, Part Two

January 30th, 2018

Bear Ears Buttes in the background. Looking north from the top of Cedar Mesa, San Juan County, Utah. Elevation 7000 feet.

Bear's Ears, Part One

January 16th, 2018

Looking south towards the Navajo Reservation from the top of Cedar Ridge, Utah.

The first in a …

Two More Stories About Mountains

January 1st, 2018

A stitched panorama of the Salt Lake valley, from the north end.

Ski Lesson

December 6th, 2017

I don't know who took this photo, but it sure is a good one. Maybe it's Thor.

Something to get …

The Bicycle Artist

November 22nd, 2017

One of Grant Petersen's personal bicycles.

An interview with Grant Petersen of Rivendell Bicycles …

War of the Worlds

October 30th, 2017

This is a Halloween special for people who have not heard the original 1938 CBS broadcast. 

NFL Sunday

September 29th, 2017

A short commentary on the protests.


The Oracle

September 1st, 2017

My friend Alex and I try to visit the Utah Data Center, 20 miles south of my house in Salt Lake City.DONATE BY TEXT 801-876-1913Check out The Sonosopher, a …

The Continental Divide, Part Two

July 7th, 2017

I try it again, this time with some respect.The short clip of music in the middle of the story is by the Icelandic group MUM.The music at the end is a North …

The Continental Divide

June 16th, 2017

The top of the highway through Rocky Mountain National Park.

The Green River

May 26th, 2017

Paul Brennan, Creighton King, and myself at the Green River Lakes in the summer of 1991.

Trump's Wall: Your Neighbor

May 10th, 2017

An undocumented farm worker in New England, USA. Photo by Erica Heilman.

Donald Trump promised to …

Trump's Wall, Part Two

April 21st, 2017

The opening of Santa Elena's Canyon, Big Bend National Park. The left side of the canyon is in Mexico, the right side is in the United States.

Trump's Wall, Part One

April 6th, 2017

The Rio Grande in Bend Bend Ranch State Park, Texas, just west of Big Bend National Park.

The …

My First Radio Story

March 15th, 2017

I-10, Texas, 1983

This is how I started producing stories for public radio in 1983. I was …

What's Happening at Standing Rock: An Interview with Jenni Monet

February 16th, 2017

Photo from (Her name is misspelled in the photo.)

On February 8th, the Army Corps …

i thought i'd throw out this idea and see if it has legs

February 8th, 2017

drawing by Creighton King

I started to work on a new story, then decided to change tactics.

Music: …

Listening to the Winners

January 19th, 2017

Donald Trump is a manifestation of our collective fear and anger. We created him. This show …

The Test

January 3rd, 2017

This story originally aired on This American Life in 1996, but there's a new rant at the end. Music: White Rabbit by Grace Slick, performed by …

Standing Rock, Part Three

December 19th, 2016

Thousands of veterans join the Water Protectors, and the Army Corps of Engineers denies the permit for the pipeline to go under the Missouri …

Standing Rock, Part Two

November 29th, 2016

The Missouri River at Lake Oahe, one mile downstream from the proposed crossing of the Dakota Access Pipeline. 

Standing Rock, Part One

November 23rd, 2016

A water protecter, near Mandan, North Dakota.

The battle at the bridge, November 20, 2016.Music by

The Greater Yellowstone Grizzly, Part Three

November 7th, 2016

How people feel about trophy hunting the bear.Link to


The Greater Yellowstone Grizzly, Part Two

October 25th, 2016

Courtesy of Bradley Orsted

In this episode, the scientific arguments surrounding the Greater Yellowstone grizzly bear.Books …

The Greater Yellowstone Grizzly

October 13th, 2016

Upper Paradise Valley, Montana.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is planning to take the Yellowstone grizzly bear off the …

The Road

September 7th, 2016

I-80, Wyoming

Donate …

The End of Hope: Outside the DNC

August 20th, 2016

What if you threw a protest against …

Cleveland RNC Part 2

August 12th, 2016

Public Square, Cleveland, Ohio

The RNC in Cleveland …

Opening Day Outside the RNC in Cleveland

August 5th, 2016

Sean Whitty and Christopher Traviano.

I went to the Republican and Democratic conventions in Cleveland and Philadelphia to …

After Thinking About What To Do

July 9th, 2016

Trent Harris wonders 'what the fuck?' at a gun shop in Salt Lake City.

In a few days I'm getting in my car and driving to …

Reagan's Neighbors

June 27th, 2016

William Thomas, Lafayette Park, Washington D.C., 1984

Interviews with people occupying Lafayette Park in Washington D.C. in …

Why People Vote for Hillary Clinton

June 11th, 2016

Hillary Clinton speaking June 4, 2016, in the Thomas Edison High School gymnasium, Fresno, …

Trump and Sanders in South Bend: Part Three

May 19th, 2016

Interviews with Sanders supporters two days before the Indiana Primary on May 3, 2016.Music by The Youngbloods, Get Together.
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Trump and Sanders in South Bend: Part Two

May 12th, 2016

Shortly before the Indiana primaries on May 3, 2016, both Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders spoke in South Bend. In this episode I interview people waiting in line to hear Donald …

Trump and Sanders in South Bend, Indiana

May 7th, 2016

Both candidates were speaking in the same place, on consecutive days, just before the Indiana Primary last …

My Trip To Palestine

April 21st, 2016

I've heard some people think these maps are not accurate. I think they are accurate enough. 

I wrote this story as a way to …

Maybe He Became a Bear: An Interview with Jim Harrison

April 6th, 2016

I don't know who took this photo, but I owe him or her a t-shirt and patch.

I spoke with Jim at Dennis Sizemore's house up …

Prisoner of Zion

March 25th, 2016

An essay on where I live and what I live for.Music by The Mormon Tabernacle Choir--Come, Come Ye Saints

Searching for Amnesia

March 22nd, 2016

Scott Carrier

I'm currently at the Panama Music Festival in Launceston, Tasmania. I was invited to speak about podcasting. So …

One Year Review Meeting

February 25th, 2016

In which I present the numbers, an accounting, to the listeners/supporters of the show.Music by Mum, Slow BicycleDonate or Subscribe through Pay Pal.Donate through Stripe below:

The Iowa Caucus

February 8th, 2016

Two Sanders supporters at the caucus in Dubuque.

A …

Saints of the Last Days

January 28th, 2016

Jim Harmston (photo by the Salt Lake Tribune)

Originally broadcast in …

Absolutely, God Told Us To Do This

January 14th, 2016

Brand Thornton, one of the militia that has taken over the Malhuer National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon.

An …

The Balkan Route

January 1st, 2016

The final report on the refugee trail, describing how they travel from Athens to Germany.Music: Crossroad Metamorphosis and Super FM Dub by Hayvanlar Alemi. …

On the Ferry from Lesbos to Athens

December 17th, 2015


Photos by Camilla Q. Madsen

On the Isle of Lesbos

December 11th, 2015

Interviews with refugees as they arrive on the beach, having crossed the Aegean Sea in rubber rafts. Donate Photos by Camilla Q. Madsen

On the Border of Greece and Macedonia

November 24th, 2015

Four days ago, the European Union decided to allow only refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan into Northern Europe, stranding thousands of people at the …

The Refugee Trail

November 14th, 2015

A Somali refugee at the Sandholm Asylum Center outside Copenhagen, Denmark, November 12th, 2015.

The Death of Ruth Tuck: A Docu/Drama

October 30th, 2015


A story for Halloween from the archives (1986). I wanted to …

Trump Supporters

October 16th, 2015

Donald Trump is in the news a lot, but we don't hear much from his supporters. I figured Nevada was a good place to find some.Music by Merrie Melodies and Looney …

The West Desert

October 2nd, 2015

A story (produced in 1989) about the Great Salt Lake Desert.Music by Pauline Oliveros, Lear from the album "

A Tour of Burned Churches, Parts 1-4 (website version)

September 25th, 2015

College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, Knoxville, TN. July, 2015.

A Tour of Burned Churches, Part Four: Warrenville, SC (fixed)

September 21st, 2015

The burned church was cleared away, now only the sign remains. Warrenville, SC, July, 2015.

A Tour of Burned Churches, Part Three: Greeleyville, SC

September 19th, 2015

The burned remains of the church have been cleared away.

Part three, in Greeleyville, S.C., where the cause of the fire was …

A Tour of Burned Churches, Part Two: Macon

September 18th, 2015

God's Power Church of Christ, Macon, Georgia

The …

A Tour of Burned Churches, Part one: Knoxville

September 17th, 2015

College Hill Seventh Day Adventist Church, Knoxville, TN

An Introduction to Charles Bowden

August 30th, 2015

Charles Bowden died a year ago, on August 30, 2014.  He was my friend and mentor. I miss him a lot.Order Bowden's books here.Eva Cassidy, Imagine

Working for the Friendly Man

August 14th, 2015

There are a lot of Friendly Men. I don't know these jokers.

This story was originally produced by Alix Spiegel and Ira Glass …

The Cooking Show

August 4th, 2015

Chef Milo Carrier, San Francisco, 2015

A cooking adventure in Milo's kitchen in San Francisco.Music at the end by Artie …

The End of the Pleistocene (with Doug Peacock)

July 17th, 2015

Doug Peacock at a graveyard just south of Wilsall, Montana. The Clovis burial site is at the bottom of the hill in the background.

Some Summer Stories

July 3rd, 2015

Simon waterskiing in "Ruben and Ed."

These stories from the Home of the Brave archive have nothing in common, really, except …

Bernie Sanders

June 19th, 2015

On the road in Iowa.

An American Life

June 5th, 2015

photos by Erica Heilman

This story was produced by Erica Heilman and Larry Massett for Erica's podcast, Rumble Strip Vermont

Stories from the Green River

May 28th, 2015

Paul Brennan and Creighton King dropping me off at the Green River Lakes, summer of 1991.

Nepal Earthquake--Episode Five

May 26th, 2015

Sujeev Shakya

Sujeev Shakya runs a management …

Nepal Earthquake--Episode Four

May 26th, 2015

A short visit to Sankhu, a village nearly obliterated by the earthquake.Music at the end:

Nepal Earthquake-Episode Three

May 25th, 2015

Dr. Shankar Rai speaks with one of his nurses.

Nepal Earthquake--Episode Two

May 24th, 2015

The second day in Kathmandu, surveying some of the damage.


The Rebel Yell

April 24th, 2015

Covering the 2004 Republican Convention in New York City.Music by the Icelandic group Mum (

Najibullah in America

April 3rd, 2015

Najibullah becomes a student, and I become a professor, at Utah Valley University in Orem, Utah.Music: Erik …
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