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This American Life

Chicago Public Media

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.

Location:

Chicago, IL

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

750: The Ferryman

9/25/2022
Getting from Point A to Point B—with expert assistance.

Duration:01:00:51

779: Ends of the Earth

9/18/2022
An exploration of the very upper limits of what you do for someone you love.

Duration:01:06:02

550: Three Miles

9/11/2022
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.

Duration:00:59:28

528: The Radio Drama Episode

9/4/2022
Our most ambitious live show ever! We pulled together a massive team of theater pros at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House—nearly 50 singers, actors, dancers and musicians. The result? Journalism turned into a Broadway musical, into opera. Mike Birbiglia, Sasheer Zamata, Stephin Merritt, Josh Hamilton, Lindsay Mendez, Lin-Manuel Miranda and others.

Duration:01:27:36

778: Me Minus Me

8/28/2022
When a fundamental part of yourself changes dramatically, are you still who you thought you were?

Duration:00:56:31

102: Road Trip!

8/21/2022
With so many songs, movies, and books about the joy of the open road, it's hard to take just a normal road trip without huge expectations.

Duration:01:01:15

777: Name. Age. Detail.

8/14/2022
Ten people were killed at a grocery store in Buffalo, NY. Their stories, as you’ve never heard them.

Duration:01:19:14

625: Essay B

8/7/2022
In 1967, the first two Black students were enrolled at an all-white private boarding school in Virginia. The main reason they were there? To benefit the white kids.

776: I Work Better on Deadline

7/31/2022
Stories of people racing against time to solve a problem. Will they make it?

Duration:01:05:57

109: Notes on Camp

7/24/2022
People who love summer camp say that non-camp people simply don't understand what's so amazing about it. We attempt to bridge this gap of misunderstanding between camp people and non-camp people.

Duration:00:58:38

400: Stories Pitched by Our Parents

7/17/2022
We try something harder than anything we've ever tried before, by taking the random ideas that members of our own families have told us would be "perfect for the show," and turning them into actual stories.

Duration:01:02:59

775: The Possum Experiment

7/10/2022
An investigation into a very basic question about people: Are most of us bad or good?

Duration:00:59:39

774: The Pink House at the Center of the World

7/3/2022
The Supreme Court case that overturned Roe v. Wade began with a lawsuit filed by a Mississippi abortion clinic. On the day Roe was overturned, we were there. Stories from the center of this moment of history, the day it happened.

Duration:01:09:59

583: It’ll Make Sense When You’re Older

6/26/2022
Kids do not like being told it’ll make sense when they’re older. They’re pretty sure the grown-ups are wrong.

Duration:00:58:24

773: The Longest Distance Between Two Points

6/19/2022
Getting from A to B via Z.

Duration:01:04:29

672: No Fair!

6/12/2022
Stories of very small injustices and also one very big one.

Duration:01:03:59

772: The Kids' Table

6/5/2022
Kids navigating hairy situations all on their own, with no help from grown-ups.

Duration:01:01:49

771: The Parents Step In

5/29/2022
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.

Duration:01:02:52

638: Rom-Com

5/22/2022
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. This week, stories that unfold like rom-coms.

Duration:01:00:55

605: Kid Logic

5/15/2022
Kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions.

Duration:00:58:43