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This American Life

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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.

Latest Episodes

706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With

Lissa Yellow Bird searches for missing people. Cold cases, mostly. People no one else is looking for. It’s not her job, but a lot of Native Americans go missing and their cases remain unsolved, so families often ask Lissa for help. But then,Lissa’s own niece goes missing.

65 MIN2 d ago
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706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With

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.

64 MIN1 w ago
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705: Time Out

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 actuallymeans, on the ground, at the Mexican border.

68 MIN2 w ago
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704: Our Pulitzer-Winning Episode

703: Stuck!

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

60 MIN3 w ago
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703: Stuck!

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.

64 MINAPR 27
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702: One Last Thing Before I Go

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.

63 MINAPR 20
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701: Black Box

700: Embiggening

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

64 MINAPR 13
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700: Embiggening

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 ordercollapses.

60 MINAPR 6
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699: Fiasco!

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.

61 MINMAR 30
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698: The Test

697: Alone Together

This week, as the staff creates the episode from their apartments and houses, with our host in quarantine, in this moment when everyone’s reaching out to the people they love, we put together a collection of family stories, with some timely stuff at the top.

61 MINMAR 23
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697: Alone Together
the END

Latest Episodes

706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With

Lissa Yellow Bird searches for missing people. Cold cases, mostly. People no one else is looking for. It’s not her job, but a lot of Native Americans go missing and their cases remain unsolved, so families often ask Lissa for help. But then,Lissa’s own niece goes missing.

65 MIN2 d ago
Comments
706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With

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.

64 MIN1 w ago
Comments
705: Time Out

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 actuallymeans, on the ground, at the Mexican border.

68 MIN2 w ago
Comments
704: Our Pulitzer-Winning Episode

703: Stuck!

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

60 MIN3 w ago
Comments
703: Stuck!

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.

64 MINAPR 27
Comments
702: One Last Thing Before I Go

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.

63 MINAPR 20
Comments
701: Black Box

700: Embiggening

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

64 MINAPR 13
Comments
700: Embiggening

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 ordercollapses.

60 MINAPR 6
Comments
699: Fiasco!

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.

61 MINMAR 30
Comments
698: The Test

697: Alone Together

This week, as the staff creates the episode from their apartments and houses, with our host in quarantine, in this moment when everyone’s reaching out to the people they love, we put together a collection of family stories, with some timely stuff at the top.

61 MINMAR 23
Comments
697: Alone Together
the END
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