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This American Life



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.


Latest Episodes:

  • 492: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde
    A doctor named Benjamin Gilmer gets a job at a rural clinic in North Carolina. He’s replaced another doctor named Gilmer – Dr. Vince Gilmer... Read more
    Published on: 2022-01-16
  • 758: Talking While Black
    Think back to two summers ago, the summer of 2020, when a series of violent, highly-publicized killings of Black Americans sparked outrage and a national movement... Read more
    Published on: 2022-01-09
  • 757: The Ghost in the Machine
    People use machines to find people they lost. A version of the painting His Master's Voice by Francis Barraud, which was adapted into a logo for... Read more
    Published on: 2022-01-02
  • 47: Christmas and Commerce
    Stories about the intersection of Christmas and retail, originally broadcast in 1996 when our show was only a year old. Including David Sedaris's story "Santaland... Read more
    Published on: 2021-12-25
  • 214: Family Physics
    We take the stately laws of physics—laws which mathematicians and scientists have spent centuries discovering and verifying—and apply them to the realm of human relationships,... Read more
    Published on: 2021-12-19