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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.
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252: Poultry Slam 2003

252: Poultry Slam 2003

2019-12-0100:59:1635

During the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year's - the highest turkey consumption period of the year - we bring you an annual This American Life tradition: stories of turkeys, chickens, geese, ducks, fowl of all kinds, real and imagined, and their mysterious hold over us. 
Stories about getting back together with your parent, your spouse, your ... Brahman bull. And how it never goes the way you think it's going to.
688: The Out Crowd

688: The Out Crowd

2019-11-1701:08:0078

Reports from the frontlines of the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" asylum policy. We hear from asylum seekers waiting across the border in Mexico, in a makeshift refugee camp,  and from the officers who sent them there to wait in the first place. 
687: Small Things Considered

687: Small Things Considered

2019-11-1001:01:4477

Stories about being little. Secret writings in tiny letters. The power of a very small number. And a medication that's supposed to cure shortness. 
686: Umbrellas Up

686: Umbrellas Up

2019-10-2001:12:56123

For over 100 days now, protesters in Hong Kong have taken to the streets every weekend. What it’s like to live through that.
685: We Come From Small Places

685: We Come From Small Places

2019-10-1300:58:4378

The staff goes to one of the biggest parties in New York City, the Labor Day Carnival and the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn.
684: Burn It Down

684: Burn It Down

2019-09-2901:01:43125

Stories of people who decide the only way forward — for real change — is to burn everything to the ground.
683: Beer Summit

683: Beer Summit

2019-09-2201:07:56109

Two people, sitting down over a beer, hashing out their differences and understanding where the other guy is coming from. Hard to imagine these days, right? It's so rare right now that someone is curious enough to actually see the other person's point of view. This week on the show, beer summits. Including going behind the scenes of the most famous one ever.
682: Ten Sessions

682: Ten Sessions

2019-08-2500:59:40202

What if someone told you about a type of therapy that could help you work through unhealed trauma in just ten sessions? Some people knock through it in two weeks. Jaime Lowe tried the therapy—and recorded it.
681: Escape From the Lab

681: Escape From the Lab

2019-08-1800:59:33130

What happens when our most ingenious creations actually make it out into the world.
409: Held Hostage

409: Held Hostage

2019-08-1100:59:18108

Stories of people held captive — by criminals, by paperwork, and in one man's case, his own body — and the ways they try to cope.
585: In Defense of Ignorance

585: In Defense of Ignorance

2019-08-0401:02:40149

Exactly how incompetent you are. What your ex’s best friend really thinks of you. The approximate time that you will die. Some things in life are better not to know about. And sometimes there can be a benefit to not knowing. In this episode — examples of ignorance truly being bliss, or even being an asset.
680: The Weight Of Words

680: The Weight Of Words

2019-07-2800:58:38165

Words mean things, but some words are especially meaningful — whether in a survival manual, a song lyric, or a slur.
165: Americans In Paris

165: Americans In Paris

2019-07-2100:59:07123

Many Americans have dreamy and romantic ideas about Paris, notions which probably trace back to the 1920s vision of Paris created by the expatriate Americans there. But what's it actually like in Paris if you're an American, without rose-colored glasses?
679: Save the Girl

679: Save the Girl

2019-07-1401:00:05130

People go on missions to save young girls from danger. But sometimes they get so caught up in the mission that it overshadows the girl herself.
678: The Wannabes

678: The Wannabes

2019-07-0701:08:06100

This country is crawling in presidential candidates right now and they're bumping into each other in Des Moines and yelling over each other in Miami. We hang out with them, in this weird early period of the election when they're easy to walk right up to.
354: Mistakes Were Made

354: Mistakes Were Made

2019-06-3000:58:47136

It’s the late 1960s, and a California TV repairman named Bob sees an opportunity to help people cheat death with the new science of cryonics. But freezing dead people isn’t easy. And apologizing for the mistakes you make along the way? Even harder.
644: Random Acts of History

644: Random Acts of History

2019-06-2300:58:29241

Stories about people who accidentally bump into unsettling facts of history in settings meant to teach them history. What they end up learning is very different from what they’re supposed to.
Stories of those unexpected moments when we see who we really are.
647: LaDonna

647: LaDonna

2019-06-0901:05:09254

A security guard at the airport notices something going wrong on the tarmac, and takes it upon herself to fix it. It’s way harder than she expects. 
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Amber M

This was horribly boring.

Dec 6th
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snosaer

I love love casino gambling stories, i don't even gamble

Dec 5th
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Leo Ramz

10:50 mins you're wrong, he actually says this is my friend ..

Dec 5th
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Jennifer LyBarger

Makes me ashamed to hear how these people are treated, turned away to be kidnapped or worse!! We should be doing everything we can to help them. What if the roles were reversed? What then?? Oh no, that wouldn't be tolerated then. While Trump sits comfortably in the White House with his immigrant wife. These people live in constant fear so of course "David" and his children have PTSD. So inhumane, we could help these people but Trump ties immigrations hands. All Trump cares about is Power and money. Ego driven POS. He needs to be put in the same situation these poor people are in. He needs to be humbled!! If only!!

Dec 3rd
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Adam Gamboa

What a terrible episode. I made it a quarter of the way through.

Dec 3rd
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Patrick Glang

This is a rough episode. I get that pretending there is a talking personality for a stuffed duck and that the absurdity of it all is kind of entertainin. This type of absurdity is pretty common. It's so pedestrian, basic, and boring. Long time TAL fan, still a fan, but this episode is not even close to good.

Dec 2nd
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Maxwell Smart

I thought all 3 stories were unforgettable.

Nov 30th
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kevin amos

quick comment- in the first story it is suggested that "love" and "joy" don't exist in Iran. Seems to me that "love" is present in many forms regardless of were we are from, our culture and background. I'm sure there are millions of couples in Iran who are "happy" in there romantic life. America does not define love/joy.

Nov 28th
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Maximiliano Vazquez

Fuckin anoying that last part.

Nov 26th
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J B

Trumps immigration policy is the same as Obama's. Sorry correction Obama's was much harsher but suddenly it's wrong when Orange man does it.

Nov 25th
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Sander

Great episode! My favorite so far.

Nov 24th
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B. C.

The part where the immigration officer acknowledges that the refugees are in danger, that the officer believes them, but they sending them back into danger was heart-rending.

Nov 23rd
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Heidi Moffett

Having had pet rats, this is a horrible one.

Nov 20th
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Peggy Huber

Is there anything we can do to help protect or support refugees like these families? Reputable organizations to contact or donate to? What can be done to stop the persecution in these countries?

Nov 20th
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JML

sounds like a "white bummer" episode.

Nov 19th
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Allie Bob

where did the hong kong episode go??

Nov 19th
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SwissSandra

This one was so hard to listen to... utterly heartbreaking at times. 😭

Nov 18th
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BRINGER VIDEMUS

thanks for this

Nov 16th
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Holls Balls

My boyfriend is 5’4”.... he swears he’s 5’6”, no honey, you are rounding up. I’m barely 5’3 and he’s an inch taller. But I love his short ass any way :3

Nov 15th
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Amanda de Boer

OMG, those little vaseline pots are AWESOME for men and kids. My husband doesn't like lip balms because they're too much like putting on lipstick he finds, plus he's not fond of the consistency. He can put the little vaseline pots in his jean/pants pocket without it being bulky, and use it for his chapped lips. they're not silly or useless, they're FANTASTIC. My kindergartener also likes them for school - she uses it on her lips as well, and since she tends to get chapped mouth/face (far around her lips from licking so much in cold, dry weather) the vaseline is good for applying on such a large area.

Nov 13th
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