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

560: Abdi and the Golden Ticket

A story about someone who's desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American. Abdi is a Somali refugee living in Kenya and gets the luckiest break of his life: he wins a lottery that puts him on a short list for a U.S. visa. This is his ticket out. But before he can cash in his golden ticket, the police start raiding his neighborhood, targeting refugees.  Abdi has a memoir out on Tuesday called "Call Me American." He's also going on a short book tour.


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Posted on 17 June 2018 | 10:00 pm


648: Unteachable Moment

Stories about people trying to learn something when no one is clear what the lesson is supposed to be. 


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Posted on 10 June 2018 | 10:00 pm


233: Starting From Scratch

Stories of people starting over, sometimes because they want to, other times because they have to.


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Posted on 3 June 2018 | 10:00 pm


647: LaDonna

A security guard at the airport notices something going wrong on the tarmac, and takes it upon herself to fix it. It’s way harder than she expects. 


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Posted on 27 May 2018 | 10:00 pm