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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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654: The Feather Heist

654: The Feather Heist

2020-01-1901:05:29133

A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds. 
Stories of other universes that are just like our own, but with one small difference.
667: Wartime Radio

667: Wartime Radio

2020-01-0501:05:23200

Intimate and personal dispatches from two very different battlefields: A small town in the Syrian war. And the U.S. opioid epidemic. Each came from a DIY radio outfit. (Okay, one’s a podcast.)
690: Too Close to Home

690: Too Close to Home

2019-12-2900:59:4597

For the holidays, stories of families finally addressing the thorny thing they’ve never really talked about.
689: Digging Up the Bones

689: Digging Up the Bones

2019-12-0800:59:19100

There's a lot that can be gained from unearthing the past -- learning about oneself, learning about others. But, it doesn't always go how you'd expect.
688: The Out Crowd

688: The Out Crowd

2019-11-1701:06:2898

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

2019-11-1001:00:3589

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

2019-10-2001:12:56133

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

2019-10-1300:58:4383

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

2019-09-2901:01:43131

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

2019-09-2201:07:56110

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.
477: Getting Away With It

477: Getting Away With It

2019-09-1500:59:11101

Stories of people breaking the rules fully, completely and with no bad consequences. Some justify this by saying they’re doing it for others, or for a greater good. Some really don’t care. And, unlike the mealy weaklings you usually hear on this program: None of these wrongdoers seem regretful about what they’ve done in the slightest.
205: Plan B

205: Plan B

2019-09-0801:00:05112

There's the thing you plan to do, and then there's the thing you end up doing. Most of us start off our lives with some Plan A, which we abandon...switching to a Plan B, which becomes our life.
388: Rest Stop

388: Rest Stop

2019-09-0101:00:2387

Nine radio reporters. Two days. One rest stop on the New York State Thruway. Stories of people who are just passing through, and the ones who can’t leave, because this is where their jobs are.
682: Ten Sessions

682: Ten Sessions

2019-08-2500:59:40206

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

2019-08-1800:59:33133

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

409: Held Hostage

2019-08-1100:59:18111

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

2019-08-0401:02:40156

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

2019-07-2800:58:38169

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

2019-07-2100:59:07128

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?
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Joe Young

I'm hlad this dude got the feathers and got away with it.

Jan 22nd
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BC

the sklar brothers from dumb people town???

Jan 17th
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Stacey Bear

I need to find that app! what is it called???

Jan 16th
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Sarah Johnstone

I come back to hear the wolf spider mating dance imitation when I need a pick me up :3

Jan 15th
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fawkes

you guys cover things from the right wing perspective a lot. like we need to hear what ICE thinks, or police, or immigration courts. let's assume the Justice system or immigration system is legitimate and go from there. let's have the oppressors tell the stories of the oppressed. wtf. ftp.

Jan 7th
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Drew Anderson

how many times is this show gonna recycle episodes?

Jan 6th
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Heather Boylen

I love the mom and daughter wedding song story, I can’t quit laughing either!

Jan 3rd
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Heather Boylen

Having kids made me appreciate my parents, especially my mother in a completely different way

Jan 3rd
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Sélim CHAMAT

Excellent content as usual. But what's with the machine-gun narration? Relax, pace, ARTICULATE!

Jan 3rd
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Leanne Sarubbi

This was a remarkably good episode!

Jan 1st
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Holls Balls

I’m a parent and I hate these adults who cry “my parents didn’t MAKE me do the thing I want to do now, wah wah!!”. To expect parents to pause their life any more than they already do for their kids (ESPECIALLY immigrant parents trying to assimilate) to teach just one more (very hard to learn skill like a language, an instrument, etc) and invest more money into it as well, is selfish and insane. You are a brat, ms reporter. Have a child and work full time and get them into sports/dance/music/etc and then FORCE one more super difficult lesson on top. Try to overcome the “I don’t want to!” And “I hate this!!” And “why do I have to?!?”. Pay the 100-1000$ a month for private lessons. Use up your spare time. Then tell me how long you last pushing this thing.

Dec 31st
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Russell lee

as a grade A fck up. (in the past and sometimes now) I'm glad to say my old man(in his 80s and still climbing ladders at our great distress) NEVER fcked with me about anything.

Dec 30th
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Russell lee

say NO to the birthday of a mythical figure and 10,000 campfire stories

Dec 30th
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BC

I laughed so hard I couldn't breathe

Dec 29th
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Spoorthi Pema

one of the best episodes!

Dec 28th
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Drew Anderson

This is truly awful.

Dec 26th
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Russell lee

served his time. I'm good with it. hes obviously rehabilitated. no Gambling since 04. Gambling is as difficult to quit as Heroin is. the endorphin Hit is a rush that they keep having to up as time goes. very difficult to quit.. walk a mile in another mans/or womens shoes.

Dec 26th
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Lucy Tobier

I loved this video! I laughed out loud so many times and almost choked!

Dec 25th
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Cliff Bates

bad episode? no. horrible.

Dec 24th
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Anthony

I remember this. Steven Spielberg ended up hosting a discussion panel at Castlemont HD.

Dec 24th
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