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This American Life

The Stories We Tell

A couple weeks ago, This American Life devoted most of an episode to the story of Emir Kamenica, who came to this country as child, a refugee from the Bosnian war, and is now a Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.  Having recently arrived in Atlanta with little English, attending high school at a rough, urban public school, Kamenica’s fortunes suddenly changed when a substitute English teacher named Ms. Ames took an interest in him and suggested that he accompany her to the Padeia School, a prestigious private school where Ms. Ames had a Read more