This American Life

by This American Life

This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.


Latest Episodes

732: Secrets

Why we tell them, and what happens after we do.

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Posted on 21 February 2021 | 11:00 pm

731: What Lies Beneath

Stories of people summoning up stuff that’s usually hidden down deep.

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Posted on 14 February 2021 | 11:00 pm

670: Beware the Jabberwock

Stories from the upside-down world where conspiracy theorists dwell.

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Posted on 7 February 2021 | 11:00 pm

489: No Coincidence, No Story!

We asked listeners to send us their best coincidence stories, and we got more than 1,300 submissions! There were so many good ones we decided to make a whole show about them. From a chance encounter at a bus station to a romantic dollar bill to a baffling apparition in a college shower stall. 

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Posted on 31 January 2021 | 11:00 pm

730: The Empty Chair

Things we’ve lost in the past year — since the first American coronavirus case — that we haven’t talked about so much. Gossip. The chance to make new friends. And much larger stuff.

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Posted on 24 January 2021 | 11:00 pm

729: Making the Cut

There's always someone whose job it is to decide if you measure up.

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Posted on 10 January 2021 | 11:00 pm

728: Lights, Camera, Christmas!

This holiday season, we bring you a show filled with stories of people going to great lengths to throw a special Christmas for their families.

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Posted on 27 December 2020 | 11:00 pm

727: Boulder v. Hill

What the day-to-day business of saving the world looks like. We visit with one group of people who are trying to rescue us from something very large, and another group trying to rescue us from something very small.

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Posted on 20 December 2020 | 11:00 pm

726: Twenty-Five

To commemorate our show’s 25th year, we have a program about people who were born the year our show went on the air.

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Posted on 13 December 2020 | 11:00 pm