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

679: Save the Girl

People go on missions to save young girls from danger. But sometimes they get so caught up in the mission that it overshadows the girl herself.

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Posted on 14 July 2019 | 10:00 pm

678: The Wannabes

This country is crawling in presidential candidates right now and they're bumping into each other in Des Moines and yelling over each other in Miami. We hang out with them, in this weird early period of the election when they're easy to walk right up to.

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Posted on 7 July 2019 | 10:00 pm

354: Mistakes Were Made

It’s the late 1960s, and a California TV repairman named Bob sees an opportunity to help people cheat death with the new science of cryonics. But freezing dead people isn’t easy. And apologizing for the mistakes you make along the way? Even harder.

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Posted on 30 June 2019 | 10:00 pm

644: Random Acts of History

Stories about people who accidentally bump into unsettling facts of history in settings meant to teach them history. What they end up learning is very different from what they’re supposed to.

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Posted on 23 June 2019 | 10:00 pm

676: Here’s Looking at You, Kid

Adults telling kids who they are, and kids wondering — are they right?

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Posted on 2 June 2019 | 10:00 pm

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

673: Left Behind

People figuring out how to move through a world in which something important has disappeared.

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Posted on 21 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