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

617 617: Fermi’s Paradox July 8, 2018

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

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Radical change comes to an Argentinian talk show.
Before Democrats slug it out with Republicans, they’re slugging out with each other.
Before Democrats slug it out with Republicans, they’re slugging out with each other.
A story about someone who's desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American.
A story about someone who's desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American.
648 648: Unteachable Moment June 10, 2018
People trying to learn something when no one is clear what the lesson is supposed to be.
233 233: Starting From Scratch June 3, 2018
A man in retirement tries to start over in a new life with a new venture: a cable channel, with lots of puppies.
Two brothers take a doomed road trip through Mexico. Plus other stories of feeling lost and trying to figure out how to move ahead.
638 638: Rom-Com Feb. 11, 2018
Stories about surviving the mishaps of love.
637 637: Words You Can't Say Feb. 4, 2018
People who say the “wrong” thing and suffer the consequences.
637 637: Words You Can't Say Feb. 4, 2018
People who say the “wrong” thing and suffer the consequences.
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.