This American Life

This American Life

This American Life

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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.
  1. February 22, 2021
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    732: Secrets
    Why we tell them, and what happens after we do.
  2. February 15, 2021
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    731: What Lies Beneath
    Stories of people summoning up stuff that’s usually hidden down deep.
  3. February 08, 2021
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    670: Beware the Jabberwock
    Stories from the upside-down world where conspiracy theorists dwell.
  4. February 01, 2021
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    489: No Coincidence, No Story!
    We asked listeners to send us their best coincidence stories, and we got more than 1,300 submissions! There were so many good ones we decided to make a whole show about them. From a chance encounter at a bus st…
  5. January 25, 2021
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    730: The Empty Chair
    Things we’ve lost in the past year — since the first American coronavirus case — that we haven’t talked about so much. Gossip. The chance to make new friends. And much larger stuff.
  6. January 20, 2021
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    725: Turkey in a Face Mask
    For Thanksgiving weekend, stories about food, and people who set out on very particular missions with food.
  7. January 20, 2021
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    726: Twenty-Five
    To commemorate our show’s 25th year, we have a program about people who were born the year our show went on the air.
  8. January 20, 2021
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    727: Boulder v. Hill
    What the day-to-day business of saving the world looks like. We visit with one group of people who are trying to rescue us from something very large, and another group trying to rescue us from something very sm…
  9. January 20, 2021
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    728: Lights, Camera, Christmas!
    This holiday season, we bring you a show filled with stories of people going to great lengths to throw a special Christmas for their families.
  10. January 20, 2021
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    692: The Show of Delights
    In these dark, combative times, we attempt the most radical counterprogramming we could imagine: a show made up entirely of stories about delight.
  11. January 20, 2021
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    729: Making the Cut
    There's always someone whose job it is to decide if you measure up.
  12. January 20, 2021
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    694: Get Back to Where You Once Belonged
    People looking everywhere to find a place—any place—where, for once, they don't have to be the odd man out.
  13. December 16, 2020
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    619: The Magic Show
    Just a few years before he got the internship at NPR that started him in radio, our host Ira Glass had another career. He performed magic at children's birthday parties. A powerful sense of embarrassment has pr…
  14. December 16, 2020
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    682: Ten Sessions
    What if someone told you about a type of therapy that could help you work through unhealed trauma in just ten sessions? Some people knock through it in two weeks. Jaime Lowe tried the therapy—and recorded it.
  15. November 20, 2020
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    Act V
    For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2002. We devote this entire episode to one story: Over the course of six months, reporter and This American Life contributor Jack Hitt followed a group of inmat…
  16. November 20, 2020
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    Break-Up
    For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2007. Writer Starlee Kine on what makes the perfect break-up song and whether really sad music can actually make you feel better. Plus, an eight-year-old author…
  17. November 20, 2020
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    Switched at Birth
    For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2008. On a summer day in 1951, two baby girls were born in a hospital in small-town Wisconsin. The infants were accidentally switched, and went home with the wr…
  18. November 20, 2020
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    24 Hours at the Golden Apple
    For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2000. 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…
  19. November 20, 2020
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    Americans In Paris
    For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2000. Many Americans have dreamy and romantic ideas about Paris, notions which probably trace back to the 1920s vision of Paris created by the expatriate Americ…
  20. November 20, 2020
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    129 Cars
    For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2013. We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they'll get a huge bonus fro…

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