This American Life

This American Life

"society & culture", arts, news
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,Read more
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Best Episodes

729: Making the Cut

Jan 10, 2021

"Winter came + Did I get hot? = COVID "




There's always someone whose job it is to decide if you measureRead more

726: Twenty-Five

Dec 13, 2020

"This was a heart breaking profile on Ahmaud. He was 25. This American Life 25th anniversary special. "



To commemorate our show’s 25th year, we have a program about people who were born the year our show wentRead more

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712: Nice White Parents

Aug 2, 2020

"voluntary integration in nyc public schools"


Years ago, producer Chana Joffe-Walt started reporting on one school in New York. She thought the story was about segregation and inequality in public schools. But the more she looked into it, the more she realized she was witnessing something else. She was seeing the inordinate power of whiteRead more

717: Audience of One

Sep 13, 2020

"Submitting one vote takes so much behind the scenes work"


At a time when going to the movies is mostly out of the question, we bring the movies toRead more

713: Made to Be Broken

Aug 9, 2020

"How to take down a cheating middleman"

From the moment we wake up in the morning there are a trillion rules — big and little — governing our lives. But sometimes, we encounter one we just can't abide by. In a pitched moment of rule-questioning, a show about rules and the people who breakRead more

714: Day at the Beach

Aug 16, 2020

"books should be read with back support "

It’s the last few weeks of summer, so we’re going to the beach! This week, stories from the surf andRead more

715: Long-Awaited Asteroid Finally Hits Earth

Aug 30, 2020

"wear ur dang mask "

Teachers, students and parents around the country have been bracing themselves all spring and summer long for the start of this unprecedented school year. This week, it'sRead more

716: Trail of Tears

Sep 6, 2020

"sometimes /feeling/ history is the best way to understand it "

For the holiday weekend, a roadtrip through history. In this moment when Americans are tearing down monuments and rethinking how to address the shameful parts of America’s past, we return to a story from the early days of our radio show that took that on, in a vivid and complicated way. SarahRead more

587: The Perils of Intimacy

Sep 20, 2020

"it’s always the boyfriend!!"

Stories about mysteries that exist in relationships we thought couldn't possibly surprise us, the strangeness of putting our wants on the line with someone who may not share them at all, and how much we're willing to risk for someone we may never seeRead more

718: Same Bed, Different Dreams

Sep 27, 2020

"from a prison camp to a party to a big brother villa?"

In this moment when our country is so deeply divided, we have stories of people who are tied together, but imagine radically different futures. In one case, a movie star and her ex-husband plot against Kim Jong-Il. In another, a woman stalks her doppelgänger. And sometimes, one bed is the basis forRead more
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