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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

785: Through the Looking Glass

11/27/2022
People trying to coax each other across the line, from one side to the other.

Duration:01:02:40

351: Return to Childhood

11/20/2022
People who try to revisit their childhoods—what they find and what they do not find.

Duration:00:59:52

732: Secrets

11/13/2022
Why we tell them, and what happens after we do.

Duration:00:59:32

784: Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map

11/6/2022
Not long ago, Republicans in Ohio passed a constitutional amendment to end gerrymandering in the state. And then a funny thing happened. The same Ohio Republicans drew electoral maps that violated their own constitutional amendment. They’ll be using them in this week’s midterm elections. We try to understand how that could happen.

783: Kids These Days

10/30/2022
We hear from kids who are dealing with some of the country’s most contentious debates. Debates that are supposedly about them.

Duration:01:04:59

754: Spark Bird

10/23/2022
Stories about birds and the hearts they sway, the havoc they wreak, the lives they change.

Duration:01:03:26

782: Family Dig

10/16/2022
Two people go on excavations of their families’ pasts. Including the first episode of the new podcast, “We Were Three,” hosted by our longtime producer, Nancy Updike, and from Serial Productions and The New York Times.

Duration:01:02:40

781: Watching the Watchers

10/9/2022
People taking it upon themselves to keep an eye on those in charge.

Duration:01:00:22

780: Setting the Record Straight

10/2/2022
Getting to the facts can be difficult, but it’s always the right thing to do. Except when it isn’t.

Duration:00:59:36

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