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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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wonderless age

One of the most disturbing stories I have heard. What kind of human being would take another stab at the the heart of the parents who have lost their children? I am wondering how he would take it if something similar happened to him.

Mar 19th
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Grant Mowbray

Best episode in ages.

Mar 19th
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Kristen J. Cook

When the movie Pearl Harbor was released, (2000? I was living in Southern California, with in the county of Los Angeles) I had seen the movie maybe 3 times; the last time I saw the film, when the scenes of the Japanese Kamikazes began striking the US ships, directly in front of me and my friend had been 4 AmerAsian youths, either our ages or slightly older and those POS's went and commended, with vocal excitement, as if encouraging the atrocities that had occurred on Pearl Harbor during WWII. With the explosions of US ships, these young people exclaimed without shame, laughter and cheers, never once looking behind them (we were all sitting relatively close to the front of the theater) or even remotely acknowledging how they were in an American movie theater witnessing one of America's worst war crimes in our history, amongst American's who had come. in part, parriotically and in support of our U.S. History. I, personally, was fuming angry as one of my great-grandfather's had been stationed on the U.S.S. Arizona! they were cheering on the terrors of war their ancestors had perpetuated-- albeit America has perpetuated MANY'a terrors elsewhere, we were merely civilians in a civilian theater in suburban America. nevertheless, none of this ever ended up in the newspaper and no one called any reporters and these AmerAsian young people were not shamed nor made to apologize to American's who had lost family at Pearl Harbor... on another note, I just heard a man ask, in this podcast, why the Jews didn't just pretend they were Gernan-- because their neighbors already knew who they were! on top of this, just as with any other country, census is compiled, thus, the powers that had been would've have found them eventually and at that point they'd have been hunted for trying to masquerading as German's-- true, they most likely would have been murdered anyway, but the human mind would have tormented those Jews attempting to pass for German, doubling or even tripling their fear and overall panic of being found out for something "extra" than solely being of Jewish descent. They knew everyone who was Jewish by the town and state and country censuses; if a person was a practicing Protestant, yet had 1 grandparent who had been of Jewish descent, that person was required to register with the nazi state as a Jew. The Holocaust is so surreal because it is the single most horrific historical event in modern history to result in an attempted genocide which basis was on nothing more than what is fundamentally a fairytail!

Mar 19th
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Nicholas Cartagena

interesting episode.

Mar 18th
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Emily B

I have to say, I don't get why so many people are annoyed by this woman's voice. She just sounds like a native Chicagoan, and given that's where the show is produced, I guess I'm not surprised. Maybe it's because I grew up there, but I really rather like the way she speaks.

Mar 18th
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Cole May

best episode in a while

Mar 18th
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Go Billers

anyone who questions why certain people are de-platformed are clearly making an argument out of ignorance.

Mar 18th
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John Buckner

Possibly one of the most sad, depressing episodes that I have ever heard.

Mar 18th
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spetrosk

He claims he's not a sociopath, but in his interview 10yrs after being imprisoned Rossi says he chose those methods because "property damage wouldn't get him jail-time". If that's not cold, calculating menace, I don't know what is.

Mar 18th
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SwissSandra

Powerful and deeply touching! ❤

Mar 15th
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Renee Rougeaux

This episode literally broke my heart!!! No humanity... no respect.

Mar 14th
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Andrew Gardner

wait, committed murder? I am confuse

Mar 11th
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Mae Lee Arant

yet we have this same moral compass and mentality as president of the United states

Mar 8th
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Stephen Massey

Just goes to show that these Demos just don't get it. They've got nothing done but open more 'investigations'. Trump 2020 for sure...

Mar 6th
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Changwei Tu

thanks

Mar 5th
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Mick Harrison

This investigation is just for leverage in 2020. The Dems are going to eat each other up by then anyway.

Mar 5th
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Patrick Weiding

Mick Harrison Haha wow

Mar 5th
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Wendy Bruder

The way that guy breaks up talking about his dog... that's what it's all about

Mar 5th
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Nanette Cordell

What a total tool!

Mar 5th
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Katherine White

I'm sorry but I cannot listen to any segment by Zoe Chace. Her voice is so grating.

Mar 4th
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Heather Boylen

Melissa Banks sometimes I dont notice it and sometimes it is obnoxious.

Mar 19th
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Rebecca A

Katherine White In the past I have been surprised to hear anyone complain about voices on This American Life. When they did the episode on vocal fry I was surprised, it was something I had never noticed or heard about. Zoe's voice has never bothered me. That being said, there was something about this episode, her voice did bother me. You know who's voice does drive me up the wall? Jon Ronson. I was really into Beware the Jabberwock, and wanted to listen to what he had to say, but I couldn't.

Mar 18th
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Rhett F

beep bede be boop

Mar 2nd
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