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.

443 443: Amusement Park July 26, 2020

This week, we celebrate pre-coronavirus summertime fun: at amusement parks! Ira Glass takes us behind the scenes at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, where the young staff – coached by a funny, fun-loving boss just a little older than they are – truly seem to love their jobs.

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710 710: Umbrellas Down July 12, 2020
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513 513: 129 Cars July 5, 2020
One car dealership tries to sell 129 cars. It is way more chaotic than we expected.
709 709: The Reprieve June 28, 2020
How Covid-19 has changed the nurses and doctors at one hospital in Detroit, and their city.
684 684: Burn It Down June 21, 2020
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708 708: Here, Again June 14, 2020
We hear what different people said and did one weekend in reaction to the killing of George Floyd.
707 707: We Are in the Future June 7, 2020
In this moment of sorrow, protest, and rage, we offer this as a break from the dreadful present: our show about Afrofuturism.
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705 705: Time Out May 24, 2020
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703 703: Stuck! May 10, 2020
During a time when a lot of us feel like we are living in a holding pattern, stories of people feeling stuck.
702 702: One Last Thing Before I Go April 26, 2020
Ordinary people make last ditch efforts to get through to their loved ones.
701 701: Black Box April 19, 2020
Desperate to know what happened to his family, a man obsessively decodes the only information about them he can get.
700 700: Embiggening April 12, 2020
Sometimes a sketch of a thing needs filling in for its true significance to be known.
576 576: Say Yes To Christmas Dec. 22, 2019
We go all in and bring the joy, the spontaneity, the sense that anything can happen back to Christmas.
323 323: The Super Dec. 15, 2019
Stories of the mysterious hold supers have on their buildings, or their buildings have on them.
689 689: Digging Up the Bones Dec. 8, 2019
There's a lot that can be gained from unearthing the past -- learning about oneself, learning about others. But, it doesn't always go how you'd expect.
689 689: Digging Up the Bones Dec. 8, 2019
There's a lot that can be gained from unearthing the past -- learning about oneself, learning about others. But, it doesn't always go how you'd expect.
252 252: Poultry Slam 2003 Dec. 1, 2019
We bring you stories of turkeys, chickens, geese, ducks, fowl of all kinds, real and imagined, and their mysterious hold over us.