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.

684 684: Burn It Down Sept. 29, 2019

Stories of people who decide the only way forward — for real change — is to burn everything to the ground. We go to Amsterdam where the boss of the city’s fire department sets off a war with his own firefighters.

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683 683: Beer Summit Sept. 22, 2019
Two people, sitting down over a beer, hashing out their differences. Hard to imagine these days, right?
477 477: Getting Away With It Sept. 15, 2019
Stories of people breaking the rules fully, completely, and with no bad consequences.
205 205: Plan B Sept. 8, 2019
There's the thing you plan to do, and then there's the thing you end up doing.
680 680: The Weight Of Words July 28, 2019
Words mean things, but some words are especially meaningful — whether in a survival manual, a song lyric, or a slur.
679 679: Save the Girl July 14, 2019
People go on missions to save girls from danger. But they get so caught up that it overshadows the girl herself.
678 678: The Wannabes July 7, 2019
We hang out with the presidential candidates, in this weird early period of the election.
Stories of those unexpected moments when we see who we really are.
Adults telling kids who they are, and kids wondering — are they right?
675 675: I’m on TV?? May 19, 2019
What it's like to be momentarily big on the small screen.
659 659: Before the Next One Oct. 14, 2018
People taking what they’ve learned from school shootings and try to use that knowledge to save others.
658 658: The Unhappy Deciders Oct. 7, 2018
Zoe Chace followed Senator Jeff Flake as he decided to force the Senate to delay its vote on Judge Kavanaugh.
489 489: No Coincidence, No Story! Sept. 30, 2018
We asked listeners to send us their best coincidence stories, and we got more than 1,300 submissions!
489 489: No Coincidence, No Story! Sept. 30, 2018
We asked listeners to send us their best coincidence stories, and we got more than 1,300 submissions!
657 657: The Runaways Sept. 23, 2018
A bunch of teenagers go missing from a town in Long Island.
656 656: Let Me Count the Ways Sept. 16, 2018
The quiet bureaucratic war that’s even targeting legal immigrants.
402 402: Save the Day Sept. 9, 2018
Stories about one person single-handedly taking charge of a situation gone wrong.
402 402: Save the Day Sept. 9, 2018
Stories about one person single-handedly taking charge of a situation gone wrong.
504 504: How I Got Into College Sept. 2, 2018
How a stolen library book got one man into his dream school and changed his life forever. Or at least that's the story he tells himself.
655 655: The Not-So-Great Unknown Aug. 26, 2018
What happens when an astronaut who's not really into outer space goes to the moon.