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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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693: Abdi the American

693: Abdi the American

2020-02-0901:05:3837

We return to our story about Abdi Nor from 2015, with some big news about his life today. When we first broadcast the story, Abdi was a Somali refugee living in Kenya desperately trying – against long odds – to get to the United States. Then he got the luckiest break of his life: he won a lottery that puts him on a short list for a U.S. visa. But before he could cash in his golden ticket, the police started raiding his neighborhood, targeting refugees.
692: The Show of Delights

692: The Show of Delights

2020-02-0201:05:03101

In these dark, combative times, we attempt the most radical counterprogramming we could imagine: a show made up entirely of stories about delight.
640: Five Women

640: Five Women

2020-01-2601:22:54245

As Harvey Weinstein goes to trial, we have a different kind of #MeToo story about several women who worked for the same man. They tell us not only about their troubling encounters with him, but also about their lives beforehand. Who were they when they entered the workplace, and how did their personal histories shape the way they dealt with his harassment?
654: The Feather Heist

654: The Feather Heist

2020-01-1901:05:29167

A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds. 
691: Gardens of Branching Paths

691: Gardens of Branching Paths

2020-01-1201:07:33106

Stories of other universes that are just like our own, but with one small difference.
690: Too Close to Home

690: Too Close to Home

2019-12-2900:59:45107

For the holidays, stories of families finally addressing the thorny thing they’ve never really talked about.
689: Digging Up the Bones

689: Digging Up the Bones

2019-12-0800:59:19102

There's a lot that can be gained from unearthing the past -- learning about oneself, learning about others. But, it doesn't always go how you'd expect.
688: The Out Crowd

688: The Out Crowd

2019-11-1701:06:28106

Reports from the frontlines of the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" asylum policy. We hear from asylum seekers waiting across the border in Mexico, in a makeshift refugee camp,  and from the officers who sent them there to wait in the first place. 
687: Small Things Considered

687: Small Things Considered

2019-11-1001:00:3595

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. 
686: Umbrellas Up

686: Umbrellas Up

2019-10-2001:12:56135

For over 100 days now, protesters in Hong Kong have taken to the streets every weekend. What it’s like to live through that.
685: We Come From Small Places

685: We Come From Small Places

2019-10-1300:58:4388

The staff goes to one of the biggest parties in New York City, the Labor Day Carnival and the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn.
581: Anatomy of Doubt

581: Anatomy of Doubt

2019-10-0601:01:11121

This week, a story about doubt: how it germinated, spread, and eventually took hold of an entire community, with terrible consequences. A collaboration with The Marshall Project and ProPublica, the print version of the story was written by Ken Armstrong and T. Christian Miller.
684: Burn It Down

684: Burn It Down

2019-09-2901:01:43135

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

2019-09-2201:07:56112

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

2019-09-1500:59:11103

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

2019-09-0801:00:05114

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

2019-09-0101:00:2389

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.
682: Ten Sessions

682: Ten Sessions

2019-08-2500:59:40209

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

2019-08-1800:59:33134

What happens when our most ingenious creations actually make it out into the world.
409: Held Hostage

409: Held Hostage

2019-08-1100:59:18111

Stories of people held captive — by criminals, by paperwork, and in one man's case, his own body — and the ways they try to cope.
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Emma McCleary

Love this episode...thank you team TAL

Feb 14th
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Alex Mercedes

ohh...my heart. what an uplifting story. welcome Abdi!!

Feb 12th
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Jim Hunt

Wonderful episode, in fact most if not all the episodes are amazing. But...what is with the narrators and their vocal fry?

Feb 12th
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Russell lee

why anyone would want to come here is beyond me. Kenya is actually nice. hed be safer there. here they here an accent and immediately want to deport you. frequently to a nation you've never been to and dont know the language. VOTE BLUE NO MATTER WHO

Feb 12th
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Pirate Tom

so exciting to see this update in my queue, Golden Ticket is one of my favorite episodes of TAL.

Feb 10th
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BC

moving

Feb 10th
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Spoorthi Pema

THEY'RE NOT INDIANS!!! They're NATIVE AMERICANS!!!

Feb 8th
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Holls Balls

Happiness is a warm toilet

Feb 4th
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Holls Balls

Shocked the comments aren’t all “damn liberal blah blah blah” that it usually is haha

Feb 4th
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blue hello

还是听清楚了。。。

Feb 4th
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Isabella La Rocca

animals in captivity: not delightful 😢

Feb 3rd
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Alee M

there's no prejudice against how Asian s are raised. the point is to figure out if someone is self motivated thus more likely to succeed. also who wants a parent that is completely involved in every single thing for one of their student s?!

Feb 3rd
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Spoorthi Pema

Definitely one of my favorite episodes!

Feb 1st
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Adam Yost

Two concerning thoughts to Randy and Jason: The possibility of Randy and Jason Sklar's maternity ward switching their footprints or not accurately recording them is higher than a long shot. After all, they were not intended for identification records, but for novelty keepsakes. Who would have been concerned if the names were even right? Can we trust the expert who matched the footprints to have been honest even his findings were they were indeed not themselves, but their brother? This is my personal favorite episode yet. Thank you, THIS AMERICAN LIFE for a great Podcast.

Feb 1st
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laggard

Get all the episodes here. https://castbox.fm/va/2082225

Jan 31st
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Maria

Masterful episode

Jan 30th
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JML

tired of this subject matter? me too.

Jan 30th
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Alisha

Could someone explain why his wife did not leave him?

Jan 29th
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britney tears

Ahhh, THIS is the TAL I like. It's so interesting to me when people are obsessed with something like a hobby that consumes them, especially something as obscure as this one. Early on, it seemed to me that Edwin was a narcissistic sociopath, along with most of that entire community. The entitlement is disgusting. When the posts from their forum were read, I just pictured every single member being Frasier clones.

Jan 29th
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Nazafarinhabibi

How can I find it’s transcript??

Jan 28th
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