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

486: Valentine’s Day

Love makes us do crazy things. But usually not this crazy. This week for Valentine's Day we have stories of people going to extremes to find and pursue their one true love.

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Posted on 10 February 2019 | 11:00 pm

667: Wartime Radio

Intimate and personal dispatches from two very different battlefields: A small town in the Syrian war. And the U.S. opioid epidemic. Each came from a DIY radio outfit. (Okay, one’s a podcast.)

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Posted on 3 February 2019 | 11:00 pm

638: Rom-Com

The one thing you know for sure when you're watching a romantic comedy is that it's going to turn out okay in the end. When you're living one? Not so much. This week, stories that unfold like rom-coms.

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Posted on 27 January 2019 | 11:00 pm

666: The Theme That Shall Not Be Named

Satan! In his many surprising manifestations, all around us.

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Posted on 20 January 2019 | 11:00 pm

665: Before Things Went to Hell

We revisit those moments of calm before the storm, when things could have gone very differently, but instead, they went to hell.

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Posted on 13 January 2019 | 11:00 pm

664: The Room of Requirement

Libraries aren't just for books. They're often spaces that transform into what you need them to be: a classroom, a cyber café, a place to find answers, a quiet spot to be alone. It's actually kind of magical. This week, we have stories of people who roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just happen to be exactly what they required. 

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Posted on 30 December 2018 | 11:00 pm

663: How I Read It

Documents you don't normally think of, showing you things you didn't expect. 

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Posted on 9 December 2018 | 11:00 pm

662: Where There Is a Will

Stories of people who believe there is always a way. And also those who don’t.

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Posted on 18 November 2018 | 11:00 pm

661: But That's What Happened

Stories of women in unsettling situations. When they try to explain what’s wrong, they’re told that they don’t understand—that there’s nothing unsettling about it.

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Posted on 11 November 2018 | 11:00 pm