This American Life

This American Life

This American Life

CATEGORY: Arts
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. January 16, 2022
    1 hr 3 min
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    492: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde
    A doctor named Benjamin Gilmer gets a job at a rural clinic in North Carolina. He’s replaced another doctor named Gilmer – Dr. Vince Gilmer – who went to prison after killing his own father. But the more Benjam…
  2. January 09, 2022
    1 hr 2 min
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    758: Talking While Black
    Think back to two summers ago, the summer of 2020, when a series of violent, highly-publicized killings of Black Americans sparked outrage and a national movement to eradicate racism and its evils. That movemen…
  3. January 02, 2022
    1 hr 1 min
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    757: The Ghost in the Machine
    People use machines to find people they lost.
  4. December 26, 2021
    1 hr 1 min
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    47: Christmas and Commerce
    Stories about the intersection of Christmas and retail, originally broadcast in 1996 when our show was only a year old. Including David Sedaris's story "Santaland Diaries," which first aired on NPR's Morning Ed…
  5. December 19, 2021
    1 hr 1 min
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    214: Family Physics
    We take the stately laws of physics—laws which mathematicians and scientists have spent centuries discovering and verifying—and apply them to the realm of human relationships, to see if they shed useful light o…
  6. December 12, 2021
    1 hr 3 min
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    756: But I Did Everything Right
    People earnestly doing what they're told, and absolutely not getting what they were promised.
  7. December 05, 2021
    1 hr 1 min
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    755: The Convert
    In 2006, a new convert showed up at a mosque in Orange County, California. Known as Farouk al-Aziz, the convert was actually an FBI informant named Craig Monteilh. That informant’s infiltration of the mosque is…
  8. November 28, 2021
    1 hr 3 min
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    754: Spark Bird
    This bird-focused week, stories about birds and the hearts they sway, the havoc they wreak, the lives they change.
  9. November 21, 2021
    58 min
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    660: Hoaxing Yourself
    People who tell a lie and then believe the lie more than anyone else.
  10. November 14, 2021
    1 hr 3 min
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    753: What We’ve Got Here is Failure to Communicate
    Getting the point across — or trying to, anyway.
  11. November 07, 2021
    56 min
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    628: In the Shadow of the City
    Stories that take place on the edge of civilization, just out of sight.
  12. October 31, 2021
    1 hr 3 min
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    752: An Invitation to Tea
    A man who was imprisoned for 14 years in Guantanamo Bay, without charges, gets out and issues an invitation to all the people who kept him there. Amazingly, three of them agree to talk.
  13. October 24, 2021
    1 hr 11 min
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    751: Audience of One
    In a world where a virus spreads across the country and most people are not going to movie theaters, we bring the movies to you.

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