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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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409: Held Hostage

409: Held Hostage

2019-08-1100:59:0550

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.
585: In Defense of Ignorance

585: In Defense of Ignorance

2019-08-0401:02:38102

Exactly how incompetent you are. What your ex’s best friend really thinks of you. The approximate time that you will die. Some things in life are better not to know about. And sometimes there can be a benefit to not knowing. In this episode — examples of ignorance truly being bliss, or even being an asset.
680: The Weight Of Words

680: The Weight Of Words

2019-07-2800:59:23108

Words mean things, but some words are especially meaningful — whether in a survival manual, a song lyric, or a slur.
165: Americans In Paris

165: Americans In Paris

2019-07-2100:59:07109

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?
679: Save the Girl

679: Save the Girl

2019-07-1401:00:05101

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

2019-07-0701:08:0687

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.
Adults telling kids who they are, and kids wondering — are they right?
675: I’m on TV??

675: I’m on TV??

2019-05-1900:59:4097

What it's like to be momentarily big on the small screen. 
674: Get a Spine!

674: Get a Spine!

2019-05-1201:03:4177

Stories of people standing up for themselves, shaking off their fear, bracing themselves, and doing what they’ve been scared to do.
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Doctor Yacht

This horse business made me remove TAL from my favorites.

Aug 15th
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Abbott Hill

Doctor Yacht :(

Aug 15th
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Tyler Dostie

This dude has a lot of problems.

Aug 13th
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Cooper Scott

Tyler Dostie haha, yes, you are right

Aug 14th
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sameh sweilam

Is there any subtitles for the audio???

Aug 12th
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kevin amos

This episode is so deep, class, race, expectations, self worth, how our environment shapes ppl, etc! great job as always!!

Aug 11th
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KateSos75

kevin amos oooh, I'm intrigued!

Aug 11th
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Flip Lopes Ivanicska

Aeris is also the descendeant of a race that could save humankind. That is something big to just be ignored

Aug 11th
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Romulus Augustus

Cool podcast.

Aug 9th
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Howard Grey Wind Tsai

great stuff

Aug 9th
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Joshua Page

wow, this is awful

Aug 8th
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Joshua Page

wow, this is awful

Aug 8th
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Lesly Carter

Joshua Page 😓

Aug 9th
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Rebecca Miller-Wulf

"Didn't stop to think..." That sums up the problem with every Trump supporter in the U.S., doesn't it?

Aug 8th
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Aaliyah  King

Rebecca Miller-Wulf 😓😓

Aug 8th
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Phillip Harkin

this is my very favorite episode

Aug 6th
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Emmanuel

Phillip Harkin It's great!

Aug 6th
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Todd Sarantopulos

You are incompetent in using proper grammar and sentence structure. This episode synopsis has grammatical errors all over.

Aug 5th
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Philly Burbs

Todd Sarantopulos oh my goodness, we have a president that tweet out to the world spelling errors in wrong words, and you're correcting the show?

Aug 10th
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Emmanuel

Todd Sarantopulos Oh, yes, I find that:(

Aug 6th
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Oscar Obians

I remember listening to this story sometime last year. Fascinating!

Aug 5th
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De.0

Oscar Obians Didn't pay attention to this cast until I saw your post. Thank you for changing my life, stranger.

Aug 5th
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Teddy Spaghetti

I don't need no fucken warnings.

Aug 2nd
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Norman Pettit

Having been raised under the narrow constraints of parents with only their life goals and dreams for me, I have little sympathy for Adam's incredulity and surprise over Vivian's inevitable self-expression. I have no designs over my two teen's musical, career and life preferences, just as long as they make safe decisions. I've seen too many parents blow it with their kids over stubborn insistence that spills over into their relationships as adults. Sure, give 'em a boost, help them along and teach them what you can, but separate it from your own ego.

Aug 1st
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Noah

Norman Pettit thanks for your sharing

Aug 2nd
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dok dicer

#Steve Jones, Chief Rapist.

Aug 1st
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Robert Cook

I love this show I hate politics so naturally dont want them together

Aug 1st
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W South

Robert Cook "The worst illiterate is the political illiterate, he doesn’t hear, doesn’t speak, nor participates in the political events. He doesn’t know the cost of life, the price of the bean, of the fish, of the flour, of the rent, of the shoes and of the medicine, all depends on political decisions. The political illiterate is so stupid that he is proud and swells his chest saying that he hates politics. The imbecile doesn’t know that, from his political ignorance is born the prostitute, the abandoned child, and the worst thieves of all, the bad politician, corrupted and flunky of the national and multinational companies." (Bertolt Brecht)

Aug 13th
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Noah

Robert Cook although I don't hate politics but I still don't want them together...

Aug 2nd
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CraggyPete

libz love bad mouthing trump, who is totally in the right you libtards are durranged!

Jul 30th
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Apple Betty

CraggyPete Judge much? You sound like an idiot. He was not bad mouthing anyone, he was telling the truth.

Aug 1st
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Sophia

CraggyPete 🙄🤔

Jul 31st
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Alesha Green

Wish I hadn't listened to this at work - holy crap it's hard keeping myself from crying!

Jul 30th
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Sophia

Alesha Green yes, I cried hard 😔

Jul 31st
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Holls Balls

Don’t appreciate the shit talk about a great game, it was a sad scene and you are heartless if you don’t cry during this game.

Jul 30th
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Yves Jenkins

Holls Balls It was a sad scene...

Jul 31st
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