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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

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

47: Christmas and Commerce

12/26/2021
Stories about the intersection of Christmas and retail, originally broadcast in 1996 when our show was only a year old. Including David Sedaris's story "Santaland Diaries," which first aired on NPR's Morning Edition in a much shorter version.

Duration:01:01:37

214: Family Physics

12/19/2021
We take the stately laws of physics—laws which mathematicians and scientists have spent centuries discovering and verifying—and apply them to the realm of human relationships, to see if they shed useful light on our daily lives.

Duration:01:01:55

756: But I Did Everything Right

12/12/2021
People earnestly doing what they're told, and absolutely not getting what they were promised.

Duration:01:03:03

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