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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

755: The Convert

12/5/2021
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 at the heart of FBI v Fazaga, a case heard at the Supreme Court last month. We return to our episode from 2012, which tells the story behind it.

Duration:01:01:53

754: Spark Bird

11/28/2021
This bird-focused week, stories about birds and the hearts they sway, the havoc they wreak, the lives they change.

Duration:01:03:26

660: Hoaxing Yourself

11/21/2021
People who tell a lie and then believe the lie more than anyone else.

Duration:00:59:02

753: What We’ve Got Here is Failure to Communicate

11/14/2021
Getting the point across — or trying to, anyway.

Duration:01:03:43

628: In the Shadow of the City

11/7/2021
Stories that take place on the edge of civilization, just out of sight.

Duration:00:56:30

752: An Invitation to Tea

10/31/2021
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.

Duration:01:03:06

751: Audience of One

10/24/2021
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.

Duration:01:11:52

750: The Ferryman

10/17/2021
Stories about getting from Point A to Point B—with expert assistance.

Duration:01:00:51

203: Recordings for Someone

10/10/2021
Personal recordings one person made for just one other person, including what some have called the greatest phone message ever.

Duration:00:59:42

749: My Bad

10/3/2021
An hour devoted to embarrassing stories. They’re not always just little moments – funny, daily stuff that we laugh about later. Some can change you for the rest of your life.

Duration:01:02:53

553: Stuck in the Middle

9/26/2021
People caught in limbo, using ingenuity and guile to try to get themselves out.

Duration:00:59:43

748: The End of the World as We Know It

9/19/2021
What happens when one family goes all in on fighting climate change.

Duration:01:05:09

747: Suitable for Children

9/12/2021
Who thought that would be good for a kid?

Duration:01:00:23

746: This Is Just Some Songs

9/5/2021
We made you a mixtape. Don't make a big deal out of it or anything.

Duration:01:02:20

745: Getting Out

8/29/2021
People trying to escape all kinds of seemingly impossible situations.

Duration:01:02:53

218: Act V

8/22/2021
A group of inmates at a high-security prison rehearse and stage a production of the last act—Act V—of Hamlet.

Duration:00:58:11

744: Essential

8/15/2021
The pandemic forced jobs to change, but then the workers changed, too.

Duration:01:08:46

582: When the Beasts Come Marching In

8/8/2021
We human beings think we run the world, that we’ve got things under control. Then an animal shows up, and things don’t go as planned. This week, seals, wolves, and a moose drop in and show us who isn't boss.

Duration:01:01:36

743: Don't You Be My Neighbor

8/1/2021
Bad neighbors. What can you do about them?

Duration:00:59:24

742: The Thing I'm Getting Over

7/25/2021
What’s recovery mean, anyway?

Duration:01:00:35