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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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685: We Come From Small Places

685: We Come From Small Places

2019-10-1301:00:3340

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

2019-10-0601:01:1174

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

2019-09-2901:02:5493

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

2019-09-2201:09:0588

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

2019-08-2500:59:40181

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

2019-08-1800:59:33119

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

680: The Weight Of Words

2019-07-2800:58:38152

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

2019-07-1401:00:05124

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

2019-07-0701:08:0696

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.
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Ruth Hoskins

great great episode 👍

Oct 15th
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Philly Burbs

like the show, I listened to the beginning & fast forward to the end. ever since I can remember my mom would ask me a question then say that's not true. believing what she assumed to be the truth. over 30 years later I am still suffering from the consequences of this. the woman who blamed her for not acting like she was raped has her own issues. she could have gotten several million.

Oct 12th
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Greg Revell

If I like, have to listen to her like, say 'like' like a teenager like one more time, I'm a gonna like neck myself!

Oct 12th
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Irish Mike

This was a powerful story. Highlights both the highs an lows of our justice system.

Oct 11th
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Traci Harrison

That last story was infuriating. I'm waiting for this girl to tell her mom she feels ignored, for her mom to realize she is being a terrible mother. Something. Instead daughter does something passive aggressive and gets grounded. the end. Boo.

Oct 10th
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Mia

Peggy as the ADULT you should have done better! YOU and the other ADULTS failed HER!!! The police department did a horrible job, the Project Ladder managers did a horrible job! They all did a horrible job. Marie you didn't do anything wrong. My heart hurts for you.

Oct 10th
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Julie Sirabella

Well Peggy needs to take responsibility for her actions. NOT Marie and how she "acted" according to how she thought she should have. All of her "but" and "on the other hand" proves she still blames her. Absolutely pathetic.

Oct 9th
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Wendy Bruder

wow. those guys at the end think TRUMP cares about them. eek

Oct 8th
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Tori Eldridge

One part ignorance, one part sexism. It is so maddening that something like this can happen. So glad it was resolved!

Oct 8th
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Trisha Ross-Quinn

I am so angry at the foster mothers in this story. Please, turn the tables. How would you feel mom? I hope the best for the victim. Shame detective, shame mom's . What dose not kill you( thank god) will make you stronger.

Oct 7th
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Junia Maia

Very powerful story. Ladies, we need to stand by each other because no one else will. Don't blame victims of any sort of crime because of their personality. Think about your actions and words when dealing with something so sensible, if you're not a specialist don't dictate what is normal or strange reactions for such trauma. Glad that she's doing fine with her family now and that terrible men was caught.

Oct 7th
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Doug Tice

"I know I'm gonna sound like I'm blaming the victim" she said as she blamed the victim

Oct 7th
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sirenasd

I'm so grateful for this story. I've seen the show but it's another level to hear the story behind the fiction. It's unreal that she endured this, that her foster mom was the source of the whole thing.

Oct 7th
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jay b

when the outside culture reinforces the culture of the workplace change is much harder. in fact bringing in a hard-ass agent of change is counterproductive.

Oct 6th
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Deirdre Birbeck

@101.25 Ira should have said 'these names are so hard FOR ME to pronounce' instead. Especially in an episode that centers around racism and acceptance of other cultures. Otherwise flawless, as usual.

Oct 5th
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Charles Lawrence

swing and a miss. if I were a non racist white firefighter being painted as a racist I'd want the boss fired too. this is not how you solve racism.

Oct 4th
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Natalie Swift

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Sep 29th
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Fabian McLaughlan

Is the start how #Heavyweight was inspired?

Sep 27th
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L K

Sessions is an evil man. I look forward to the day he dies.

Sep 26th
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Doug Tice

Loftis is the human embodiment of "I'm sorry you were offended"

Sep 26th
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