This American Theme

Mar 10 2013


I am a huge fan of the NPR show This American Life and I wanted to understand how frequently the show used various themes. Each episode has tags like "Education," "Crime," or "Politics." I wanted to aggregate these tags from the website and compile a graph of their usage over time. I realized that the 100 or so tags used by TAL would not fit on a graph so I condensed similar tags and showed only the top 8. I also added several milestones like elections and recessions to better understand the context that might cause some themes to be favored.

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