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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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679: Save the Girl

679: Save the Girl

2019-07-1401:01:3058

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

2019-07-0701:08:3768

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.
354: Mistakes Were Made

354: Mistakes Were Made

2019-06-3000:58:47104

It’s the late 1960s, and a California TV repairman named Bob sees an opportunity to help people cheat death with the new science of cryonics. But freezing dead people isn’t easy. And apologizing for the mistakes you make along the way? Even harder.
644: Random Acts of History

644: Random Acts of History

2019-06-2300:58:29229

Stories about people who accidentally bump into unsettling facts of history in settings meant to teach them history. What they end up learning is very different from what they’re supposed to.
Adults telling kids who they are, and kids wondering — are they right?
675: I’m on TV??

675: I’m on TV??

2019-05-1900:59:4091

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

674: Get a Spine!

2019-05-1201:03:4165

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

673: Left Behind

2019-04-2101:04:0731

People figuring out how to move through a world in which something important has disappeared.
672: No Fair!

672: No Fair!

2019-04-0701:02:52112

Stories of very small injustices and also one very big one.
671: Anything Can Be Anything

671: Anything Can Be Anything

2019-03-3101:00:36121

People connecting the dots that maybe should not be connected.
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Comments (729)

Megan Amort

I genuinely LOVE Zoe Chace's voice

Jul 18th
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Margaret Moore

Is there a documentary on the Sophia Frieda story? If so, where is it found?

Jul 16th
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Joanna Francis

Margaret Moore I also want to know the documentary

Jul 17th
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Ken Gau

so this show is now paid propaganda for the establishment but corrupt democratic candidates?

Jul 14th
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John Buckner

That was so depressing.

Jul 11th
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Peter Spinetta

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Jul 11th
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Claire S

This girl's voice is like nails on a chalkboard for me.

Jul 9th
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Jessica H

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Jul 9th
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John Reed

Nice shot at Bernie. Unsubscribing. No trust in npr anymore.

Jul 8th
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Lucy Tobier

John Reed we will have to move on somehow, it will be hard but we can do it.

Jul 9th
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Gordon Muldrow

John Reed Ohhh no...John left. This is catastrophic, how will we ever move on?! 😳😳😳😳😳😳😳

Jul 8th
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Jldubz

13:23 Pete Bootagudgebudgeuege' 😂💀

Jul 8th
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Tressa J. Bauer

0. x x. x.

Jul 5th
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Mae Lee Arant

your intro about "mistakes" takes to task Obama and Clinton's in the reality of the Trump administration? really?!!

Jul 5th
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Tim Pearl

Mae Lee Arant You don't think Clinton and Obama didn't makes mistakes?

Jul 12th
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Shannon OC

I came here to escape politics - it's impossible, apparently. Your narrow view completely ruined this episode for me. Really disappointed, as I love this show.

Jul 4th
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Wendy Bruder

Shannon OC eyeroll.

Jul 18th
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Camille

Shannon OC Sounds like you didn't make it too far into the show! Your loss. It was a great episode. Luckily, you can still go back and listen when you're in a calmer state of mind

Jul 18th
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Eric Hall

I think my favorite part of the whole podcast was (in the 2nd story) when she said "shit", and her father said "Watch the language." For some reason, it kinda picture-framed him for me and gave me a clearer understanding of what all this meant to him... where he was coming from, his integrity. Even though he later said the same word himself (and immediately apologized 😉)

Jul 3rd
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Melissa Tanudirdja

I cant believe he said at the end that people have 'given'/donated themselves for the science and he can do whatever he likes to them, even 'make burgers'. completely disgusting, that he doesn't see the ethical isssue to it. It's not about the 'contract' but the moral conduct of it all.

Jul 3rd
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Kevin balmer

Seems to be the moral of the story is if your a minority and act like an ignorant schlub, people will find ways to excuse your behvaviour s long it fits their own agenda, and overzealous racial justice warriors are fine as long as its not targeted at other minorities.... Kids are kids and most are ignorant, that's not their fault, it's the adults and education providers failure..

Jul 1st
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L K

this man deserves to be prosecuted, regardless of his intent. What he did is completely unethical and flat out wrong. Criminal.

Jul 1st
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Seth D. Meyers

L K He definitely sounded like he was lying and got caught because he didn't expect the TAL staff to contact the other people involved.

Jul 2nd
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jay b

l blame those teachers and that lazy lesson plan lol!

Jul 1st
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SANJAY GORA

jay b haha

Jul 1st
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Philly Burbs

Jun 30th
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Shannon OC

My ex had psychotic breaks like this, towards the end of our marriage. He was in film school, taking Adderall and opiates all the time, and going days without sleep (all 3 are a dangerous recipe for disaster) - and he straight up snapped. I went to stay with my mom, before I realized what had really happened, and he accused me the next day of scaling the apartment building, and sneaking into our room on the 4th floor, to move furniture around while he wasn't there. A few years after our divorce, I found out that I had been starring as the villain in many of his psychotic dilusions over the years, even though I hadn't seen or spoken to him at all. It's sad. He is amazingly intelligent, and outrageously funny - but extremely unstable. Especially since he won't quit mixing uppers and downers. Stay away from drugs kids! 😒

Jun 29th
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Emma Newton

She was tripping on her words

Jun 27th
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