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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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Stories of those unexpected moments when we see who we really are.
647: LaDonna

647: LaDonna

2019-06-0901:05:09217

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. 
Adults telling kids who they are, and kids wondering — are they right?
199: House on Loon Lake

199: House on Loon Lake

2019-05-2600:59:00159

A real-life Hardy Boys mystery. More than most of our shows, this one lends itself to a Hollywood-style tagline. Perhaps: "The House at Loon Lake: You Might Break In ... But You'll Never Forget." Or, "The House at Loon Lake: Dead Letters Tell No Tales." It's the true story of an abandoned house, discovered by a young boy in the 1970s, and the mystery of why it was abandoned.
675: I’m on TV??

675: I’m on TV??

2019-05-1900:59:4080

What it's like to be momentarily big on the small screen. 
674: Get a Spine!

674: Get a Spine!

2019-05-1201:03:4154

Stories of people standing up for themselves, shaking off their fear, bracing themselves, and doing what they’ve been scared to do.
673: Left Behind

673: Left Behind

2019-04-2101:04:0724

People figuring out how to move through a world in which something important has disappeared.
672: No Fair!

672: No Fair!

2019-04-0701:02:52105

Stories of very small injustices and also one very big one.
671: Anything Can Be Anything

671: Anything Can Be Anything

2019-03-3101:00:36111

People connecting the dots that maybe should not be connected.
670: Beware the Jabberwock

670: Beware the Jabberwock

2019-03-1701:07:52201

Stories from the upside-down world where conspiracy theorists dwell.
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Comments (680)

Holly Noel

I’ve been in her shoes, but now I just dress manly and keep my head down. I think we’ve all lived this shit.

Jun 19th
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Darren Henwood

657 658 659 absolutely first class. Great work This American Life!

Jun 18th
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Christoffer Enfors

ok, that was my favourite episode so far..

Jun 18th
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Julia Saravia

Go LaDonna !! Women we need to stand up

Jun 17th
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Vee

I absolutely loved this episode and I'm so glad I stumbled upon this podcast. Thank you

Jun 17th
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Trinity  miller

This is just aweful. I feel so sorry for these women.

Jun 12th
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theo

this repeat isn't even that old! get some new material!

Jun 11th
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Naguine

I've heard this episode twice now. I forgot how much I relate to LaDonna. I work in a field like hers and it can be so demoralizing. I'm happy there are women like her out there making the changes we need.

Jun 11th
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Bruno Fasanaro

I feel very happy for this progress. But i am really really sorry, for women have to do this heroic feats just to work peacefully. =/

Jun 10th
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Alex Mercedes

hadn't thought about it until tonight but there's a bonus with these rebroadcasts: a chance to get updates on important stories. for reasons I don't yet understand, this story hit me much harder on second hearing than when I heard it last year...

Jun 10th
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Shannon OC

I was moved to tears by this story / episode. I am the kind of person who my older family members give their ancient photos and letters, because it means something to me. I want to know my history, my family's story. I can understand some folks preferring to forget neglect and abuse, but in the absence of those.. I can't understand the disinterest in your forefathers. Anyway, I loved this episode. My favorite by far. I do wish there was more from Adam's mother. She seems to be an extremely interesting and empathetic woman. This was a wonderful surprise. 💙

Jun 8th
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James Bateman

thank God someone is doing their job. deport deport deport

Jun 7th
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Grant Mowbray

This episode was interesting, entertaining, and thankfully...not political. Thank-you This American Life. - From a Canadian listener.

Jun 6th
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Steve Nam

I7 8

Jun 5th
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Megan Amort

I love Zoe's voice. Here and everytime I hear her. For the record.

Jun 4th
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dok dicer

phew... seems like Chicago is full of horrible people. The racist old woman, the drunk "journalism major", the Sex in the City couple, the time traveler... wouldn't want to spend a single second with those people in person... But good reporting anyway. :)

Jun 4th
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Katherine Williams

I have blanki, just like Gary. I'm 37 and I also hide it in things when I travel so I can have it with me. My partner is really worried about how I'll cope when it eventually falls apart.

Jun 4th
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Wendy Bruder

Katherine Williams I had my blankie until I was 28. I lost it when we moved and it was devastating. I still miss it

Jun 6th
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Angel Rolon

I wonder if, during the animal "diversity" segment, the "journalist" could have said "like" a few hundred more times. Learn to speak for the love of all that is holy!

Jun 3rd
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Regina Magid

laughing at the song choice for the Act I outro 😆😆😆 good job, guys.

Jun 3rd
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H. Heath

Loftus sounds like a horrible human being.

Jun 3rd
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purelydebased

Paul Gales Who said anything about being excused? Just you. That's not that point at all of my comment. My point is for the people in these comments making judgments to get off their fucking high horses and stop pretening like this lady is somehow worse than them. That includes you, Mr. Gales. Put your feet back on the ground and find a mirror to look into and remember when you were less than stellar, remember that you've brought pain on yourself as well, and remember that you didn't need some person on the intenret making poorly considered and categorical judgments on who you are as a person because of a mistake or error you made. Think about it: the person without sin wouldn't throw a stone in the first place.

Jun 9th
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Paul Gales

purelydebased That excuses her somehow? Her bad acts were done in the public eye and put out there and published by herself. We only know about it because of that.

Jun 9th
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