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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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735: Bloody Feelings

735: Bloody Feelings

2021-04-1101:06:2221

Stories about the power of blood.
549: Amateur Hour

549: Amateur Hour

2021-04-0459:5830

People put in positions they’re completely unqualified to handle, but who try to make it work anyway. Including one story of a tough group of soldiers who attempt to save lives through the power of show tunes.
Adults telling kids who they are, and kids wondering — are they right?
How the pandemic has thrown college admissions process into a kind of slow-motion chaos. One of the biggest changes: most colleges have stopped requiring the SAT. For decades, there’s been a debate over whether schools should drop the test. What’s it mean that it finally happened?
733: Warriors in the Garden

733: Warriors in the Garden

2021-03-0701:05:4547

This week, three men who came together to protest the murder of George Floyd. They were unified, loud, and impressive, but over time these three friends end up in three very different places.
732: Secrets

732: Secrets

2021-02-2159:3764

Why we tell them, and what happens after we do.
731: What Lies Beneath

731: What Lies Beneath

2021-02-1401:00:0468

Stories of people summoning up stuff that’s usually hidden down deep.
730: The Empty Chair

730: The Empty Chair

2021-01-2458:3545

Things we’ve lost in the past year — since the first American coronavirus case — that we haven’t talked about so much. Gossip. The chance to make new friends. And much larger stuff.
729: Making the Cut

729: Making the Cut

2021-01-1001:03:4462

There's always someone whose job it is to decide if you measure up.
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.
Comments (1549)

Im Watching You

I could listen to Paige all day. Her voice is so dramatic haha.

Apr 6th
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Tony Rickman

Paige's voice is amazing, slightly reminds me of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz

Apr 6th
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Go Billers

act 2 really separates having a baby from being a parent.

Apr 5th
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S B

I had to stop listening to the deer story when she wanted to castrate him... what an awful little girl. Glad I stopped before it got worse.

Apr 4th
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John-Sebastian Barrera

This man clearly has mental health issues

Mar 30th
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ID21391295

Never seem to be able to listen. Fails on loading and downloading.

Mar 29th
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Tamra Deering

blankie myself... 51 yo.. in shreds.. no shame ♡♡♡♡

Mar 29th
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PK Bratney

The purpose of standardized testing is not to predict success in college. The purpose is to provide a standardized measure to compare kids from different schools.

Mar 24th
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Samantha Oligee

It is like people listened to episode/podcast only to be able to say why they hate it.

Mar 15th
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James Pruitt

Socialism is the only answer, join your local For The People (FTP) branch today!

Mar 12th
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Vera

Incredibly difficult to hear. I cannot imagine what it is to actually live what is almost impossible for me to listen to. We have no understanding what it is to be black. We cannot have it, just as a man cannot have the pain of a woman in labor.

Mar 10th
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PK Bratney

I wish TAM would use more discretion and journalistic integrity in podcast episodes like this. It is not accurate to describe every death resulting from a police interaction as a "murder." Doing so only contributes to the problem. It further erodes the relationship between citizens and police, and consequently increases the likelihood that future police interactions will go badly. It would also be very nice to see TAM at least attempt to cover both sides of a controversial issue. You are not doing your listeners any favors by helping them stay in their bubbles.

Mar 8th
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Megan Haigh

Wow, what a shocking display of police violence. Waiting outside his apartment with an arrest warrant and not going away for six whole hours? Tragic.

Mar 8th
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Im Watching You

Oh look, another episode about race and pushing the extreme far-left agenda. Lazy reporting.

Mar 8th
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Tony Rickman

Wow, this one was awful as a piece of journalism - so many things that weren't true. The issue is bad enough without exaggerating, making things up and just plain lying. This episode only goes to make the cause of #blm harder. I don't think that was their intention.

Mar 8th
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Im Watching You

Biden and his son have lots of secrets, but hypocritical liberals won't investigate. #lockthemup

Mar 6th
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BC

This episode is good

Mar 3rd
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Gabriella Arroyo

that song sound good af

Mar 2nd
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Gabriella Arroyo

horrifying. this is an old rerun, but it's scarier the second time, after the capital riot and the election hoax. the pathway from sandy hook to the capital riot is so clear, and re-hearing the rhetoric from AJ talking about sandy hook is so chilling now that his use of language has become ubiquitous. if we had punished AJ for the first slander/libel offense, could we have avoided this entire misinformation disaster? Really makes you question the boundaries of the first amendment.... maybe he really is Satan incarnate.

Mar 1st
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John Buckner

Character is how you act when no one is watching.

Feb 23rd
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