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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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683: Beer Summit

683: Beer Summit

2019-09-2201:07:5323

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

2019-09-1500:59:1164

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

2019-09-0801:00:0591

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

2019-09-0101:00:2370

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.
680: The Weight Of Words

680: The Weight Of Words

2019-07-2800:58:38148

Words mean things, but some words are especially meaningful — whether in a survival manual, a song lyric, or a slur.
679: Save the Girl

679: Save the Girl

2019-07-1401:00:05117

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

2019-07-0701:08:0693

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.
Stories of those unexpected moments when we see who we really are.
Adults telling kids who they are, and kids wondering — are they right?
675: I’m on TV??

675: I’m on TV??

2019-05-1900:59:40105

What it's like to be momentarily big on the small screen. 
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Comments (875)

Mark Matthieu

glorification of drugs smuggling, wonderful /s

Sep 23rd
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Mike Smith

Fascinating story about McCrearys.

Sep 18th
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Jamie Gray

t u Mimi u oumelppiepizzek see eperroljelt5ujkeju3iuo4kr6ryfhrmel90wwp58ee7p833984875wrt 51367

Sep 9th
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Oliver Streuli

Ugh the Bachelor? Why? We listen to TAL to get away from that shit. And how can grammatical errors like "could care less" get by everyone responsible for this show?

Sep 6th
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Monique Ladds

xXxX

Sep 6th
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Alesha Green

Kennebunk, Maine!! I lived for much of my childhood years right by that Kennebunk rest stop! But Ira messed it up - he called it the Kennebunkport rest stop, but there's no turnpike exit in Kennebunkport, it's in Kennebunk!

Sep 3rd
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Sophia

Alesha Green 👍

Sep 4th
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Danny Bellisario

I'm a Canadian and he's 💯 the real deal.

Sep 3rd
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Oscar Obians

1:40 the middle-east joke got me. Really cute

Sep 2nd
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Nia Clare

Thank You

Sep 2nd
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Joshua

Nia Clare thanks for sharing

Sep 2nd
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Grant Mowbray

ugh....from 2009...please.

Sep 2nd
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Z T

Grant Mowbray They only do 25 episodes per year so in the off air weeks they put up staff favourites to tide us over. It's actually quite nice of them.

Sep 21st
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Pirate Tom

Grant Mowbray wow i didnt realize the us got rid of all rest stops since then. this def wont have any relevancy to the present day.

Sep 6th
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Travis And Arielle Internet Cuties

I can't find the name of the song at the end of act one anywhere, does anyone know it?

Aug 30th
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Rebecca Boyd

this really hit me in the gut a couple times, causing me to stop it and cry a bit. but I did restart it and it ended up helping me a lot! when she talked about how intelligently she knew the attack wasnt her fault, yet deep down she still thought if she didnt wear those shorts, or if she didnt wave and smile at him, it wouldn't have happened... I relate... 30 years later still. also on how if nothing she did caused it, it means she can never protect herself... I feel that, which causes me to isolate too. I am going to see if I can do this now. thank you!!

Aug 26th
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lost cause

Rebecca Boyd for reals tho...

Sep 2nd
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Ginny Bassett Wall

Rebecca Boyd wishing you peace and healing!

Aug 28th
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Mariann Offtermatt

The Bachelor. Seriously. Killing my brain cells with stupidity!

Aug 26th
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Kathy Estes

I wanted so much to hear about this but the vocal fry of the storyteller was just too distracting - please stop.

Aug 26th
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Wendy Bruder

Kathy Estes Its her VOICE. How rude. Sorry if you dont like someone's VOICE but there isn't much one can usually do about it.

Sep 12th
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Erik B. Anderson

Kathy Estes it just hurts my ears and being invalidated that my pain is not real is even more traumatizing. I was raped when I was six. I bet there is a lot in this story for me, but if I have to endure this much pain to consume the product they are selling I will not be getting what I could out of it.

Sep 8th
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ashish sharma

what is the world coming to ? coming out as fat ??? WHAT ???

Aug 25th
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Matty March

ashish sharma i love this podcast

Aug 26th
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Drew Anderson

that guy that does the Times they are a changing parody sounds like a kmart version of the guy from green day. bleccch

Aug 25th
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Drew Anderson

Matty March yikes.

Aug 26th
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Matty March

Drew Anderson i really like it

Aug 26th
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Lauren Half

So many studies link sex and health/wellness. If "pleasure" is it's own category, you'd have to label many more booths the same.

Aug 24th
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M Wang

I dislike how the woman with HSAM was unloading her burden on the producer. Your life might be horrible but doesn't mean others aren't.

Aug 23rd
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Archie Smith

M Wang I agree with you!

Aug 23rd
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Melissa Thaw

the suit story was awesome... the other stories boring

Aug 22nd
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Liz Twente

Melissa Thaw interesting

Aug 23rd
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Mo

Melissa Thaw So good, I need more!

Aug 22nd
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Julie Sirabella

I'm not sure where this new vocabulary became commonplace, "ColUHN" "ImporUHNT". Why??!!!!!

Aug 21st
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Rita Moore

Julie Sirabella 🙄🙄

Aug 22nd
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