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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

605: Kid Logic

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

Duration:00:58:43

770: My Lying Eyes

5/8/2022
People staring squarely at the truth, and still finding it hard to believe what they’re seeing.

Duration:01:05:44

769: The Reluctant Explorer

5/1/2022
A man finds himself thrust into a new world he didn’t necessarily ask to visit. He takes a look around.

Duration:00:58:42

768: The Other Front Lines

4/24/2022
Four personal stories from the war in Ukraine.

Duration:01:02:54

360: Switched at Birth

4/17/2022
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.

Duration:00:58:31

767: Do Not Go Gentle

4/10/2022
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.

Duration:01:02:59

766: Well Someone Had to Do SOMETHING!

4/3/2022
People trying to jump in and solve other people's problems, putting themselves directly in the gap between the problem and the solution.

Duration:00:59:48

523: Death and Taxes

3/27/2022
It is a peculiar feeling to know with certainty that something big is about to happen to you. This week, we watch people go right up to the edge of inevitable change.

Duration:01:01:10

765: Off Course

3/20/2022
Three people, and one animal, who know the path their lives will take until, suddenly, they don’t.

Duration:01:07:13

764: School's Out Forever

3/13/2022
The pandemic broke school. Can we ever go back?

Duration:01:08:17

175: Babysitting

3/6/2022
What goes on while mom and dad are away, that mom and dad never find out about. Including the story of two teenagers who decide to invent children to babysit, as an excuse to get out of their own house.

Duration:01:00:50

763: The Other Mr. President

2/27/2022
Stories about Vladimir Putin. Did he come to power in 1999 by killing hundreds of innocent Russians? How’s he really seen in his home country? This show is a mix of old and new stories we’ve done about him.

Duration:01:12:28

466: Blackjack

2/20/2022
The casino game everyone thinks they can beat.

Duration:01:04:31

762: Apocalypse Creep

2/13/2022
A woman wakes up and discovers her backyard has disappeared, and other stories from places slowly coming apart.

Duration:01:04:21

761: The Trojan Horse Affair

2/6/2022
A while back, one of our producers Brian Reed was in England giving a speech about the podcast he'd hosted, S-Town. A journalism student approached him, asking for advice about a story he wanted to look into – something that’d been big news in Britain, something he’d thought about for years. Brian and the student, Hamza Syed, decided to team up to try and solve the mystery at the heart of that story. The original idea was to put this on our show, but it got too big. Too many twists and...

Duration:01:02:26

760: A City Walks Into an Investigation

1/30/2022
Last week's story continues, about a Michigan couple who walked into a police officer's house and made a disturbing discovery. This week: the police officer suffers the consequences and so does the couple.

Duration:00:56:07

759: A Couple Walks Into a House

1/23/2022
Rob and Reyna Mathis make an unsettling discovery in the home of a local police officer. Soon, their whole city is asking questions about who the officer really is and what he's been doing.

Duration:01:04:32

492: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde

1/16/2022
A doctor named Benjamin Gilmer gets a job at a rural clinic in North Carolina. He’s replaced another doctor named Gilmer – Dr. Vince Gilmer – who went to prison after killing his own father. But the more Benjamin’s patients tell him about the other Dr. Gilmer, the more confused he becomes. Everyone loved Vince Gilmer. So Benjamin starts digging around, trying to understand how a good man can seemingly turn bad. Sarah Koenig reports.

Duration:01:05:24

758: Talking While Black

1/9/2022
Think back to two summers ago, the summer of 2020, when a series of violent, highly-publicized killings of Black Americans sparked outrage and a national movement to eradicate racism and its evils. That movement gave way to a newer, reactionary one, a backlash that is playing out in schools and school board meetings across America. Host Emanuele Berry shares stories about Black people who got tangled up in this current backlash in both extreme and very personal ways.

Duration:01:01:14

757: The Ghost in the Machine

1/2/2022
People use machines to find people they lost.

Duration:01:00:28