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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.

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.

 

#18

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 Americans there. But what's it actually like in Paris if you're an American, without rose-colored glasses?![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/3e1jB_83_5o) ... Read more

20 Nov 2020

59 MINS

59:55

20 Nov 2020


#17

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 has worked the graveyard shift for over two decades, the regular customers who come every day, the couples working out their problems, assorted drunks, and, of course, cops.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/OY8FBPuk5i4) ... Read more

20 Nov 2020

58 MINS

58:05

20 Nov 2020


#16

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 inmates at a high-security prison as they rehearsed and staged a production of the last act—Act V—of Hamlet.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/6g4pHYtlWxY) ... Read more

20 Nov 2020

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:07

20 Nov 2020


#15

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 of a book about divorce, and other stories from the heart of heartbreak.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/eEBMDgocx2M) ... Read more

20 Nov 2020

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:22

20 Nov 2020


#14

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 wrong families. One of the mothers realized the mistake but chose to keep quiet. Until the day, more than 40 years later, when she decided to tell both daughters what happened. How the truth changed two families' lives—and how it didn't.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/3mvWbij80dQ) ... Read more

20 Nov 2020

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:16

20 Nov 2020


#13

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 from the manufacturer, possibly as high as $85,000 — enough to put them in the black for the month. If they don't make it, it'll be the second month in a row. So they pull out all the stops.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/Ft_kvhWEuxo) ... Read more

20 Nov 2020

1 HR 15 MINS

1:15:29

20 Nov 2020


#12

Three Miles

For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2015. There’s a program that brings together kids from two schools. One school is public and in the country’s poorest congressional district. The other is private and costs $43,000/year. They are three miles apart. The hope is that kids connect, but some of the public school kids just can’t get over the divide. We hear what happens when you get to see the other side and it looks a lot better.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/EcOc4AdCIRU) ... Read more

20 Nov 2020

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:49

20 Nov 2020


#11

Rom-Com

For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2018. The one thing you know for sure when you're watching a romantic comedy is that it's going to turn out okay in the end. When you're living one? Not so much.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/pQRVMINMDhA) ... Read more

20 Nov 2020

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:19

20 Nov 2020


#10

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.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/0OFY03MUP3A) ... Read more

22 Nov 2020

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:16

22 Nov 2020


#9

724: Personal Recount

Stories of people changing their minds.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/PQ_1HEECKRg) ... Read more

15 Nov 2020

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:37

15 Nov 2020


#8

723: Squeaker

Stories of people grappling with this endless presidential election.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/4Cu8V99cnmE) ... Read more

08 Nov 2020

1 HR 08 MINS

1:08:46

08 Nov 2020


#7

722: The Unreality of Now

Ahead of the election, we have stories about people trying to live in the unreality that defines this moment. Election officials combat a contagion among their very own workers; people who've never owned guns suddenly go buy them; and two women who allege they were sexually assaulted by the president compare notes.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/hf9nweGDgTg) ... Read more

01 Nov 2020

1 HR 05 MINS

1:05:14

01 Nov 2020


#6

721: The Walls Close In

Stories of people who find themselves stuck in small spaces—an elevator, an attic, an orchestra pit—trying to make sense of their new surroundings. ![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/j-ybU2RNfGE) ... Read more

25 Oct 2020

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:02

25 Oct 2020


#5

720: The Moment After This Moment

Stories about people who are worried — or not worried enough! — about what's hurtling unstoppably towards them.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/kMs3qhuMlic) ... Read more

18 Oct 2020

58 MINS

58:49

18 Oct 2020


#4

719: Trust Me I’m a Doctor

A doctor who breaks the law might go to jail like anybody else. But who decides if that doctor gets to keep their medical license? On today’s show, the not-often-talked-about realm of licensing boards, and the disturbing decisions they sometimes make. ![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/_vcnA-5_nVM) ... Read more

04 Oct 2020

59 MINS

59:44

04 Oct 2020


#3

718: Same Bed, Different Dreams

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 for an entire relationship, even for a man who almost never sees the person who shares his bed.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/yvhrB0cnALw) ... Read more

27 Sep 2020

1 HR 02 MINS

1:02:16

27 Sep 2020


#2

717: Audience of One

At a time when going to the movies is mostly out of the question, we bring the movies to you.![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/fgRUVyL3-6Y) ... Read more

13 Sep 2020

1 HR 12 MINS

1:12:44

13 Sep 2020


#1

716: Trail of Tears

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. Sarah Vowell and her twin sister Amy headed out on the road to retrace the Trail of Tears – the route their Cherokee ancestors took when expelled from their own land – and reflected on the question, what are we supposed to do with the mix of good and bad that is this country?![image] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/ZUXQnE50Mqo) ... Read more

06 Sep 2020

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:43

06 Sep 2020