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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

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

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