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

675: I’m on TV??

What it's like to be momentarily big on the small screen. 

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Posted on 19 May 2019 | 10:00 pm

674: Get a Spine!

Stories of people standing up for themselves, shaking off their fear, bracing themselves, and doing what they’ve been scared to do.

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Posted on 12 May 2019 | 10:00 pm

172: 24 Hours at the Golden Apple

We document one day in a Chicago diner called the Golden Apple, starting at 5 a.m. and going until 5 a.m. the next morning. We hear from the waitress who has worked the graveyard shift for over two decades, the regular customers who come every day, the couples working out their problems, assorted drunks, and, of course, cops.

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Posted on 5 May 2019 | 10:00 pm

332: The Ten Commandments

Stories of people struggling to follow the Ten Commandments from the book of Exodus.

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Posted on 28 April 2019 | 10:00 pm

672: No Fair!

Stories of very small injustices and also one very big one.

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Posted on 7 April 2019 | 10:00 pm

671: Anything Can Be Anything

People connecting the dots that maybe should not be connected.

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Posted on 31 March 2019 | 10:00 pm

670: Beware the Jabberwock

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

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Posted on 17 March 2019 | 10:00 pm

669: Scrambling to Get Off the Ice

The Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee may have to fight to protect Mueller's investigation and make his report public. Now that they’re in the majority, they have new tools they can use. Our producer Zoe Chace spent weeks behind the scenes with them as they tried out their new powers for the first time. This and other stories of people scrambling to get their footing on some challenging terrain.

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Posted on 3 March 2019 | 11:00 pm

668: The Long Fuse

People tossing words out into the world impulsively. And how they ignite and burn. Over decades.

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Posted on 17 February 2019 | 11:00 pm