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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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635: Chip in My Brain

635: Chip in My Brain

2021-02-2801:06:59144

A boy who can’t dribble gets a coach, a new best friend, and something to believe in.
732: Secrets

732: Secrets

2021-02-2159:3755

Why we tell them, and what happens after we do.
731: What Lies Beneath

731: What Lies Beneath

2021-02-1401:00:0453

Stories of people summoning up stuff that’s usually hidden down deep.
670: Beware the Jabberwock

670: Beware the Jabberwock

2021-02-0701:09:25280

Stories from the upside-down world where conspiracy theorists dwell.
730: The Empty Chair

730: The Empty Chair

2021-01-2458:3542

Things we’ve lost in the past year — since the first American coronavirus case — that we haven’t talked about so much. Gossip. The chance to make new friends. And much larger stuff.
729: Making the Cut

729: Making the Cut

2021-01-1001:03:4450

There's always someone whose job it is to decide if you measure up.
This holiday season, we bring you a show filled with stories of people going to great lengths to throw a special Christmas for their families.
727: Boulder v. Hill

727: Boulder v. Hill

2020-12-2001:06:5544

What the day-to-day business of saving the world looks like. We visit with one group of people who are trying to rescue us from something very large, and another group trying to rescue us from something very small.
726: Twenty-Five

726: Twenty-Five

2020-12-1301:00:0759

To commemorate our show’s 25th year, we have a program about people who were born the year our show went on the air.
725: Turkey in a Face Mask

725: Turkey in a Face Mask

2020-11-2901:04:1944

For Thanksgiving weekend, stories about food, and people who set out on very particular missions with food. 
682: Ten Sessions

682: Ten Sessions

2020-11-2201:00:55257

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.
Americans In Paris

Americans In Paris

2020-11-2057:13159

For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2000. 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?
For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2000. We document one day in a Chicago diner called the Golden Apple, starting at 5 a.m. and going until 5 a.m. the next morning. We hear from the waitress who has worked the graveyard shift for over two decades, the regular customers who come every day, the couples working out their problems, assorted drunks, and, of course, cops.
Act V

Act V

2020-11-2058:0619

For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2002. We devote this entire episode to one story: Over the course of six months, reporter and This American Life contributor Jack Hitt followed a group of inmates at a high-security prison as they rehearsed and staged a production of the last act—Act V—of Hamlet.
Break-Up

Break-Up

2020-11-2058:00156

For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2007. Writer Starlee Kine on what makes the perfect break-up song and whether really sad music can actually make you feel better. Plus, an eight-year-old author of a book about divorce, and other stories from the heart of heartbreak.
Switched at Birth

Switched at Birth

2020-11-2058:2638

For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2008. On a summer day in 1951, two baby girls were born in a hospital in small-town Wisconsin. The infants were accidentally switched, and went home with the wrong families. One of the mothers realized the mistake but chose to keep quiet. Until the day, more than 40 years later, when she decided to tell both daughters what happened. How the truth changed two families' lives—and how it didn't.
129 Cars

129 Cars

2020-11-2001:16:5961

For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2013. We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they'll get a huge bonus from the manufacturer, possibly as high as $85,000 — enough to put them in the black for the month. If they don't make it, it'll be the second month in a row. So they pull out all the stops.
Rom-Com

Rom-Com

2020-11-2001:00:50331

For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2018. The one thing you know for sure when you're watching a romantic comedy is that it's going to turn out okay in the end. When you're living one? Not so much.
724: Personal Recount

724: Personal Recount

2020-11-1501:02:1648

Stories of people changing their minds.
723: Squeaker

723: Squeaker

2020-11-0801:07:2351

People grappling with an endless presidential election.
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BC

This episode is good

Mar 3rd
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Gabriella Arroyo

that song sound good af

Mar 2nd
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Gabriella Arroyo

horrifying. this is an old rerun, but it's scarier the second time, after the capital riot and the election hoax. the pathway from sandy hook to the capital riot is so clear, and re-hearing the rhetoric from AJ talking about sandy hook is so chilling now that his use of language has become ubiquitous. if we had punished AJ for the first slander/libel offense, could we have avoided this entire misinformation disaster? Really makes you question the boundaries of the first amendment.... maybe he really is Satan incarnate.

Mar 1st
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John Buckner

Character is how you act when no one is watching.

Feb 23rd
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Seth D. Meyers

The Bob's Sister story was hilarious and interesting. The "what it's like to get a shot at the doctor's" story was kinda dumb. Can you imagine carrying on in this much detail about the banal minutiae of other routine medical visits? "There's this moment... when I place the stethoscope on the patient's chest, it's so... poignant. And then I ask them... to take a deep breath. I can hear the air rushing into their lungs through the stethoscope, and it makes me wonder- what's it all about?" It's just a shot. Dramatizing it seems to feed the anti-science crowd, who crave drama.

Feb 16th
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Suzanne Hubbard Gerken

I haven't had This American Life tagged in my podcasts. Ugghhh! I am so happy to have found you again. Binging.

Feb 11th
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Lis Stanger

Lenny is amazing

Feb 8th
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Logi Wan

Just watched a great documentary a while back, that delves into Putin, Trump, both of their histories, and how Russia used the growing political divide to their advantage. It's called Active Measures, and I highly recommend everyone watch it. It just shows you how easy it is for another country to use misinformation to cause destruction and discontent, making people feel less confident in our political system. No doubt, I think there's plenty that needs to change, such as Citizens United, but I don't think any American really wants to see the downfall of the country. But it also shows how easy some people are to brainwash, especially those who are already open believers of other conspiracies.

Feb 8th
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Rachel

Great episode! I have one... In 1988, when I was 19, I was working at Peter Pan's Flight at Walt Disney World during Grad Nite. This was when the graduating HS seniors spent all night in the Magic Kingdom. A chaperone getting on the ride looked at me and asked "Are you Marilyn Xxxxx's daughter?" "Yes..." Turns out my mom and this woman went to high school together and she could tell just by looking at me, someone she had never met, that we were mother and daughter. And my mom and I did not grow up in the same place, so it couldn't be because of living in the same town 😮

Feb 6th
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Seth D. Meyers

There are a stunning number of assumptions being made with this story... one of the chief ones being that only white people have anything to learn from other cultures. Everyone has something to learn from cultures different than their own, regardless of race. It sounds like the woman being interviewed desperately wants to feel wronged and is grasping at straws to come up with something.

Feb 5th
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Katie

is that Bad Bunny at the end?

Feb 5th
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Jeremiah C.

Yeah I don't have a dog in this fight, from the outside looking in, It is odd that this is much more significant than those other violent protests that were happening, for example in Portland I think it was some 90 days... anyways, there's no solution. Time flows like a river in history repeats.

Feb 1st
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J Lim

Looks like Jon's lawyer got a last min stay! hope he's okay....

Feb 1st
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Michelle Hardgrove

AND......I wish he (-would find another word to transition...... AND......Jonathon needs to work on his vocabulary. ,0

Jan 30th
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Im Watching You

Welcome to Bidens America. A.K.A Hell.

Jan 28th
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Will Caro

most of the dentists are crooked and dum @@@

Jan 26th
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Traveling Duckie

come NPR never did a podcast of this nature for the BLM riot where they attack police buildings black business owners everything where the Democrats applauded everything that went on celebrities were bailing people out of jail and and celebrities calling for the assassination of President Trump. those riots went on for months lot of police officers both black and white were killed because of it a lot of innocent people were killed because of it and the Democrats could not get over Hillary losing the election to Trump for 4 years they complained

Jan 25th
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#Dulan#Askey#

🤓👀😎

Jan 17th
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cabbage

it is always super interesting to hear different perspectives on racial issues within the U.S. from individuals who have similar ethnic or racial roots but a whole different system they live in

Jan 16th
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Katie P

thank you for this

Jan 14th
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