This American Life

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182 episodes
Date created
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63 min.
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10 days


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.

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583: It’ll Make Sense When You’re Older
Kids do not like being told it’ll make sense when they’re older. They’re pretty sure the grown-ups are wrong.
773: The Longest Distance Between Two Points
Getting from A to B via Z.
672: No Fair!
Stories of very small injustices and also one very big one.
772: The Kids' Table
Kids navigating hairy situations all on their own, with no help from grown-ups.
771: The Parents Step In
Government isn’t doing much to prevent school shootings. So parents are jumping in: parents whose kids have died in mass shootings, in the wake of each shooting. They take practical, effective action — and they get results.
770: My Lying Eyes
People staring squarely at the truth, and still finding it hard to believe what they’re seeing.
769: The Reluctant Explorer
A man finds himself thrust into a new world he didn’t necessarily ask to visit. He takes a look around.
768: The Other Front Lines
Four personal stories from the war in Ukraine.
767: Do Not Go Gentle
In this moment when autocrats and almost-autocrats are getting bolder and more powerful, we bring you two stories of resistance, from Hungary and Russia.
766: Well Someone Had to Do SOMETHING!
People trying to jump in and solve other people's problems, putting themselves directly in the gap between the problem and the solution. 

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4.6 out of 5
77065 reviews
Murrrrrrry 2006/10/23
Beware Of This Show!
Oh sure, This American Life almost always begins with some rollicking, humors piece directly related to its theme. You’ll hear Ira interview someone t...
Callipygian 2006/10/14
The Last Remaining Reason to Own a Radio is Gone
The podcast itself is evidence of the producers' dedication to their art. I've purchased this program for the last couple of years from Audible. I h...
wurdNinja 2007/01/16
Wish I could give it six stars, because it outshines SO MUCH of radio.
I don't know if it's true for you, but I am SO very tired of listening to ridiculous, air-headed, disingenuous disc jockeys handing me "life trivia" s...
jeffreydalon 2006/10/30
Yep, I'll boost my NPR donation
NPR doing things like putting TAL up on itunes free proves that it really is PUBLIC and non-profit. They earn their name and will earn a whopping don...
Violent Blue 2006/10/19
The Voice of a Generation
If you haven't experienced This American Life, you are missing one of the best shows in radio today. When I listen to this program, what I feel is a d...
ADec 2006/10/14
The Best Show By Far
This American Life is by far the best show that I have ever listened to. They have great stories from authors like Sarah Vowell (who is also a Contrib...
ampersandc 2006/10/13
Best Show on Radio •• not to be missed.
The most honest, heartwarming, sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and always insightful look into our society and culture, incredibly real, and incredibl...
Lizf99 2022/06/25
Favorite show!
I look forward to a podcast every week! Hearing so many various voices and stories is entertaining and I get sucked in! Also one of my favorites to ge...
majicomac 2022/06/25
Looove Ira
Thank you this American life for not selling out (thus far) to all the social pressures to include a co-host that doesn’t look like you or who is fema...
bsbdhsjslanavrnrkxbc 2022/06/25
Racially bias
This used to be my absolute favorite podcast for years and years….. back to listening on the radio. Now… every story is focused on solely black storie...


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