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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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687: Small Things Considered

687: Small Things Considered

2019-11-1001:02:3323

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. 
239: Lost in America

239: Lost in America

2019-11-0300:59:2653

Stories of people who are lost, histories that are lost, and things that are lost. This show was recorded onstage in front of audiences on a five-city tour in May 2003. The cities: Boston, Washington DC, Portland Oregon, Denver and Chicago. Featuring house band OK Go.
For the week leading up to Halloween, scary stories that are all true. Kidnappings, zombie raccoons, haunted houses—real haunted houses!—and things that go "EEEEK!!!" in the night. Plus, a story by David Sedaris, in which he walks among the dead.
686: Umbrellas Up

686: Umbrellas Up

2019-10-2001:14:16105

For over 100 days now, protesters in Hong Kong have taken to the streets every weekend. What it’s like to live through that.
684: Burn It Down

684: Burn It Down

2019-09-2901:01:43113

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

2019-09-2201:07:56102

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

2019-08-2500:59:40192

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

2019-08-1800:59:33125

What happens when our most ingenious creations actually make it out into the world.
680: The Weight Of Words

680: The Weight Of Words

2019-07-2800:58:38157

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

2019-07-1401:00:05127

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.
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Dr. Thangkenstein

I thought this was going to be an episode about scientific advancement in the modern world. 🙄 Teasing us with catastrophized sci-fi scenarios about Jurassic Park and crazy" genetic engineers, and then giving us this trite stuff about reality TV and sex toys, was really obnoxious.

Nov 12th
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Andrea

First episode of discovering this podcast and I can’t take this feminine lisp of a narrator. Gross...I’m guessing he crosses his legs when he sits.

Nov 12th
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Andrea

Mental

Nov 12th
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Marta Savova

I wish that someone whose job is his voice would just take the day off when they sound OFF. I get grossed out listening to his sick throat.

Nov 11th
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Philly Burbs

My sister's son was always the shortest in his class. Her husband's family was short. My side was average. Both sides are Italian. Italian's are on the short side of the height scale. They were obsessed with my nephew's height. They could not afford growth hormone shots. The summer before his senior year in high school, he grew like a weed. He stopped growing in his 20's & is now 6'3". He looks like he can be Derek Jeter's brother. If they did have the money, he would be 6'7 or taller. His wife is 5'2. Would a 6'7 man even date a woman who is 5'2"? They have beautiful kids. Would they even be here?

Nov 11th
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Hanna Debora

I loved this episode! the live music really added to it❤

Nov 10th
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Messdnys

why did those idiots waste so much time with tire irons and knives?? Shoot the damn thing!

Nov 8th
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Patrick Jonas

paid promotion

Nov 7th
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Patrick Jonas

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Nov 7th
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Holls Balls

These medical professionals are a joke. It’s like the time I got my hand crushed by a dirty piece of ply wood, tons of deep splinters, and was told when I went to get a tetanus shot “oh you can only get tetanus from rusty metal”.

Nov 5th
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Jeremy Mesiano-Crookston

is it possible to do a New Yorker radio program not featuring David Sedaris? can we not escape the horrible, tedious claws of David Sedaris? if only David Sedaris was a ghost who can be banished.

Nov 4th
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Nicole Sardone

It's kinda funny. I was telling my daughter who turned 15 a few days ago about the band OK Go! Still love them!!

Nov 4th
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Marcio Karpyn

Hello from Brazil! I love to listen to this podcast!

Nov 4th
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Alex Mercedes

Peggy should be ashamed. the fact that she isn't, and that other children could be placed in her foster home, breaks my heart and makes me mad.

Nov 2nd
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snosaer

goodshit

Oct 31st
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John Curran

This is my 4th attempt at listening and hoping this gets good. Does it? Not impressed at all thus far

Oct 30th
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Oct 29th
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Keith Betton

Whoever told this woman in the rabies act that she had 10 to 14 days to get the vaccine should be fired. It's a 72 hour window from exposure that you have to get the shot 😠.

Oct 28th
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Bao Lei

And please Cantonese and Mandarin are both Chinese. They are the same language. Cantonese cannot represent your“Hongkongese”identity.There are more than 100million people speak Cantonese inGuanfong and Guangxi province. Please stop publicizing ridiculous things. How is that “this American life” since you care so much about China?

Oct 24th
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gwynn jago

i gotta say i lost a bit of respect for TAL after listening to this. I really felt like they glossed over much of the atrocities commited by the police and talk a lot more about how violent and chaotic the protestors are. I get that a lot of the bad stuff has happened after mid september but still.. nothing on the gangs attacking peacfull protesters, nothing on the subway attacks by police and nothing about the several stabbings by mainland supporters.. anyway my 2 cents.

Oct 24th
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