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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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729: Making the Cut

729: Making the Cut

2021-01-1001:03:3127

There's always someone whose job it is to decide if you measure up.
692: The Show of Delights

692: The Show of Delights

2021-01-0301:04:24192

In these dark, combative times, we attempt the most radical counterprogramming we could imagine: a show made up entirely of stories about delight.
This holiday season, we bring you a show filled with stories of people going to great lengths to throw a special Christmas for their families.
727: Boulder v. Hill

727: Boulder v. Hill

2020-12-2001:07:0537

What the day-to-day business of saving the world looks like. We visit with one group of people who are trying to rescue us from something very large, and another group trying to rescue us from something very small.
726: Twenty-Five

726: Twenty-Five

2020-12-1301:00:1357

To commemorate our show’s 25th year, we have a program about people who were born the year our show went on the air.
725: Turkey in a Face Mask

725: Turkey in a Face Mask

2020-11-2901:04:4142

For Thanksgiving weekend, stories about food, and people who set out on very particular missions with food. 
724: Personal Recount

724: Personal Recount

2020-11-1501:02:5245

Stories of people changing their minds.
723: Squeaker

723: Squeaker

2020-11-0801:08:0247

People grappling with an endless presidential election.
722: The Unreality of Now

722: The Unreality of Now

2020-11-0101:04:3352

Ahead of the election, we have stories about people trying to live in the unreality that defines this moment. Election officials combat a contagion among their very own workers; people who've never owned guns suddenly go buy them; and two women who allege they were sexually assaulted by the president compare notes.
721: The Walls Close In

721: The Walls Close In

2020-10-2559:2961

Stories of people who find themselves stuck in small spaces—an elevator, an attic, an orchestra pit—trying to make sense of their new surroundings. 
Stories about people who are worried — or not worried enough! — about what's hurtling unstoppably towards them.
668: The Long Fuse

668: The Long Fuse

2020-10-1101:04:24209

People tossing words out into the world impulsively, to ignite and burn over decades.
A doctor who breaks the law might go to jail like anybody else. But who decides if that doctor gets to keep their medical license? On today’s show, the not-often-talked-about realm of licensing boards, and the disturbing decisions they sometimes make. 
In this moment when our country is so deeply divided, we have stories of people who are tied together, but imagine radically different futures. In one case, a movie star and her ex-husband plot against Kim Jong-Il. In another, a woman stalks her doppelgänger. And sometimes, one bed is the basis for an entire relationship, even for a man who almost never sees the person who shares his bed.
587: The Perils of Intimacy

587: The Perils of Intimacy

2020-09-2001:05:3269

Stories about mysteries that exist in relationships we thought couldn't possibly surprise us, the strangeness of putting our wants on the line with someone who may not share them at all, and how much we're willing to risk for someone we may never see again.
717: Audience of One

717: Audience of One

2020-09-1301:11:0458

At a time when going to the movies is mostly out of the question, we bring the movies to you.
716: Trail of Tears

716: Trail of Tears

2020-09-0601:01:2770

For the holiday weekend, a roadtrip through history. In this moment when Americans are tearing down monuments and rethinking how to address the shameful parts of America’s past, we return to a story from the early days of our radio show that took that on, in a vivid and complicated way. Sarah Vowell and her twin sister Amy headed out on the road to retrace the Trail of Tears – the route their Cherokee ancestors took when expelled from their own land – and reflected on the question, what are we supposed to do with the mix of good and bad that is this country?
Teachers, students and parents around the country have been bracing themselves all spring and summer long for the start of this unprecedented school year. This week, it's here.
577: Something Only I Can See

577: Something Only I Can See

2020-08-2301:01:4859

When you’re the only one who can see something, sometimes it feels like you’re in on a special secret. The hard part is getting anyone to believe your secret is real. This week, people trying to show others what they see—including a woman with muscular dystrophy who believes she has the same condition as an Olympic athlete.
714: Day at the Beach

714: Day at the Beach

2020-08-1601:05:2159

It’s the last few weeks of summer, so we’re going to the beach! This week, stories from the surf and sand.
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#Dulan#Askey#

🤓👀😎

Jan 17th
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cabbage

it is always super interesting to hear different perspectives on racial issues within the U.S. from individuals who have similar ethnic or racial roots but a whole different system they live in

Jan 16th
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Katie P

thank you for this

Jan 14th
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Linda Salazar

...again??? Who produced this episode, Phoebe Cates???

Jan 11th
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Linda Salazar

OMGness what an awful story! We have an Elf that comes every year before Christmas and does all kinds of wonderfully magical stuff and now thanks to this story I will always worry about a potential magic killer lying in wait. It's funny to hear how the other children embraced every bit of magic and the wonderful memories that were created by these events and then the one child that felt so betrayed and absolutely WTF!!! I mean really, what kid wouldn't love to have had these experiences? You could feel the energy pouring through the retelling.

Jan 11th
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Im Watching You

Black people are so racist

Jan 11th
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Laissa

Great episode!

Jan 6th
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Alex Negrete

damn liberals

Jan 5th
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Radio.Sitcom

👍👍

Jan 4th
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Yoshua Day

Stopping Connie's bambi story before the teenager shoots him is like stopping The Sound of Music before the Nazis come.

Dec 30th
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Rich Maurer

Fascinating segment on the Covid vaccine! Ironic though that the discoverer of the MIDDLE EAST Respiratory Virus is upset that Covid is called the China Virus. Viruses are almost always names after their point of origin.

Dec 29th
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Gabriella Arroyo

someone tell me who plays that we three kings instrumental

Dec 28th
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Art Thomas

The Statue of Liberty trick is a clear memory for me and I've wondered for years. This is the only explanation that makes any sense.

Dec 27th
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Western intellect

Cute episode

Dec 22nd
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Im Watching You

I thought this guy was gay?

Dec 21st
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Jebin James

I hope a lot of these people get put to death for the way they treat animals.

Dec 19th
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Katie

throwback to live pd lol. doesn't exist anymore.

Dec 16th
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Linda Salazar

Wow! This episode was amazing!!!

Dec 15th
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Mae Arant

pigs are smarter than 3 year old humans. squids and octopus are also the smartest of cephalapods- processing new information, recalling and being able to compare. they are amazing animals beyond their intelligence. TAL are comprised of big climate change believers- so please stop eating like our food intake doesn't matter

Dec 11th
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ilu almeida

This guy needs therapy ASAP!!!

Dec 9th
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