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 s

637 637: Words You Can't Say Feb. 4, 2018

In this politically charged climate, it feels like you have to be super careful with your language, no matter who you are or what side you're on. Stories about people who say the “wrong” thing and suffer the consequences, including a very conservative Republican from Louisiana who's lambasted for being too liberal.

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352 352: The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar Jan. 28, 2018
In 1912, a four-year-old boy went missing in Louisiana. Eight months later, he was found. But two grief-stricken mothers both claimed the same boy as their own.
A year into Trump’s presidency, stories of politicians—of both parties—unable to accomplish tasks that seem pretty straightforward.
A year into Trump’s presidency, stories of politicians—of both parties—unable to accomplish tasks that seem pretty straightforward.
635 635: Chip in My Brain Jan. 14, 2018
A boy who can’t dribble gets a coach, a new best friend, and something to believe in.
635 635: Chip in My Brain Jan. 12, 2018
A boy who can’t dribble gets a coach, a new best friend, and something to believe in.
550 550: Three Miles Jan. 7, 2018
What happens when of a group of public school students in the Bronx goes to visit an elite private school three miles away.
596 #596: Becoming a Badger Jan. 1, 2018
This week, stories about people trying their best to turn themselves into something else—like a badger. Or a professional comedian, in a language they didn’t grow up speaking.
596 596: Becoming a Badger Dec. 31, 2017
Stories about people trying their best to turn themselves into something else—like a badger.
People bungle simple operations on some of the most dangerous weapons in the world.
633 #633: Our Town - Part Two Dec. 18, 2017
So many people in Albertville, AL wondered what it cost them in taxes when thousands of undocumented immigrants moved to their town. One woman drove our host Ira Glass to the grocery store to watch a random Latina mom buy some milk with government assista
632 #632: Our Town - Part One Dec. 11, 2017
We spent eight months and did over a hundred interviews to try to bypass the usual rhetoric and get to the bottom of what really happened when undocumented workers showed up in one Alabama town. Pictured: Albertville “Miss Chick” 1954.
598 #598: My Undesirable Talent Dec. 4, 2017
San Francisco’s Spider-Man burglar was remarkable. He dropped into buildings from skylights, leapt 10 feet from one roof to another. But mostly, his talent got him into trouble. This week, his story, and stories of other undesirable talents.
84 #84: Harold Nov. 27, 2017
The story of Harold Washington, the greatest politician you've probably never heard of, and the white backlash that was set off when he became Chicago's first black mayor. This weekend is the 30th anniversary of his death.
603 #603: Once More, With Feeling Nov. 20, 2017
Stories of people who decide to rethink the way they’ve been doing things, or try to get others to do that. Including a woman who decides to confront the men who catcall her, and get them to give it up forever.
This week, blurring the line between animal and human.
622 #622: Who You Gonna Call? Aug. 7, 2017
When everything goes wrong, one of the first things we think is, "Who do I call?" This week, stories of lucky people who have found the exact right person to ring up for help.
175 #175: Babysitting July 31, 2017
Stories of babysitters, and what goes on while mom and dad are away that mom and dad never find out about. Including the story of two teenagers who decide to invent children to babysit, as an excuse to get out of their own house.
Two towns where people got really upset about undocumented immigrants, even though in both places, that did not seem to be the most important thing happening at all. One of the towns, a small town in Alaska, has no undocumented immigrants at all, but the
620 #620: To Be Real July 17, 2017
Most of the time, we show the world a pretty superficial version of ourselves. "How about that weather?" But this week—people who try to go deeper, to get to something real, in some unexpected places: war, magic and porn.