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

705: Time Out

While sports of all kinds have been put on pause, we bring you favorite stories from back when people were still on football fields, boxing rings, and basketball courts.


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Posted on 24 May 2020 | 10:00 pm


704: Our Pulitzer-Winning Episode

Last week, our episode "The Out Crowd" won the very first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded to a radio show. This is the episode that won, with some updates on the stories. Hear what the Trump administration’s "Remain in Mexico" policy actually means, on the ground, at the Mexican border.


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Posted on 17 May 2020 | 10:00 pm


703: Stuck!

During a time when a lot of us feel like we are living in a holding pattern, stories of people feeling stuck.


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Posted on 10 May 2020 | 10:00 pm


186: Prom

While the seniors danced at Prom Night 2001 in Hoisington, Kansas—a town of about 3,000—a tornado hit the town, destroying about a third of it. When they emerged from the dance, they discovered what had happened, and in the weeks that followed, they tried to explain to themselves why the tornado hit where it did. Plus other stories that happen on Prom Night.


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Posted on 3 May 2020 | 10:00 pm


702: One Last Thing Before I Go

Words can seem so puny and ineffective sometimes. On this show, we have stories in which ordinary people make last ditch efforts to get through to their loved ones, using a combination of small talk and not-so-small talk.


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Posted on 26 April 2020 | 10:00 pm


701: Black Box

Desperate to know what happened to his family, a man obsessively decodes the only information about them he can get. That, and other stories of people looking into the void for answers.


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Posted on 19 April 2020 | 10:00 pm


700: Embiggening

Sometimes a sketch of a thing needs filling in for its true significance to be known.


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Posted on 12 April 2020 | 10:00 pm


699: Fiasco!

Stories of when things go wrong. Really wrong. When you leave the normal realm of human error, fumble, mishap, and mistake and enter the territory of really huge breakdowns. Fiascos. Things go so awry that normal social order collapses.


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Posted on 5 April 2020 | 10:00 pm


698: The Test

The coronavirus has now fully arrived in the United States. This week, stories of people trying to rise to that challenge, in some pretty extreme situations.


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Posted on 29 March 2020 | 10:00 pm