This American Life

This American Life

By: This American Life

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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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This week, blurring the line between animal and human.

#629: Expect Delays

10/23/2017

59:22

We all love to travel to different places, but not many of us like the stressful, banal process of the journey. This week, stories about delays—including a town known entirely for its speed trap, and a woman who comes up against bureaucratic nightmares every time she wants to go just a few blocks away.

Recent Episodes

654: The Feather Heist

08/12/2018

1:05:18

A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds. 

653: Crime Scene

08/05/2018

1:00:02

Every crime scene hides a story. In this week's show, we hear about crime scenes and the stories they tell.

619: The Magic Show

07/29/2018

1:00:04

Just a few years before he got the internship at NPR that started him in radio, our host Ira Glass had another career. He performed magic at children's birthday parties. A powerful sense of embarrassment has prevented him from ever doing an episode on the subject, but when he learned that producer David Kestenbaum was also a kid conjurer, they decided to dive in together.

652: ICE Capades

07/22/2018

1:05:04

Dispatches from a government agency in its tumultuous teenage years. 

A young preacher opens a new church. A new restaurant reopens old wounds. This week, stories of people trying to build something that will last.

617: Fermi’s Paradox

07/08/2018

1:00:31

Three people grapple with the question, “Are we alone?”

An innocent man forgives the cop who framed him. An Argentinian talk show that usually treats women as objects suddenly gets really interested in feminism. This week, stories about changes that seem too tidy to be true.

Democrats are desperate to retake part of Congress. Their best shot is the House. This fall, they’ll be slugging it out with Republicans—but in the meantime, they’re slugging it out with each other. The progressive and moderate wings of the Democratic party are going head-to-head in Democratic primaries all over the country right now, wrestling over what the party should be and stand for. This week, we have the story of a candidate in one primary like that.

560: Abdi and the Golden Ticket

06/17/2018

1:02:44

A story about someone who's desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American. Abdi is a Somali refugee living in Kenya and gets the luckiest break of his life: he wins a lottery that puts him on a short list for a U.S. visa. This is his ticket out. But before he can cash in his golden ticket, the police start raiding his neighborhood, targeting refugees.  Abdi has a memoir out on Tuesday called "Call Me American." He's also going on a short book tour.

648: Unteachable Moment

06/10/2018

1:00:13

Stories about people trying to learn something when no one is clear what the lesson is supposed to be.