This American Life

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Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show "This American Life." First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Media, and distributed by Public Radio International. In mp3 and updated Mondays.

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Our entire show this week is one long story, sort of a real-life Hardy Boys mystery. More than most of our shows, this one lends itself to a Hollywood- style tagline. Perhaps: "You Might Break In...But You'll Never Forget." Or "Dead Letters Tell No Tales." ![] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?i=Wej5z8KY4cE:v1RRErZ0n3o:F7zBnMyn 0Lo)

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Older Episodes

526 Is That What I Look Like? May 26, 2014
There's how you see yourself. And there's how the rest of the world sees you. Sometimes those two do not match up. This week we have stories of people who get a glimpse of themselves from some other vantage point and discover things that they had never kn
165 Americans In Paris May 19, 2014
Many Americans have dreamy and romantic ideas about Paris, notions which probably trace back to the 1920s vision of Paris created by the expatriate Americans there. But what's it actually like in Paris if you're an American, without rose-colored glasses?
525 Call For Help May 12, 2014
Stories of people coming to terms with being in serious trouble. They need help. Figuring out how to get it, that's another problem.
524 I Was So High May 5, 2014
Your waitress. Your colleagues at work. Your doctor. Maybe even your parents. They’re all high. All the time. That’s what it feels like anyway. This week, stories in which drug use and daily life intersect – and in which people get high in secret and then
523 Death and Taxes April 28, 2014
It is a peculiar feeling to know with certainty that something big is about to happen to you. This week we watch people go right up to the edge of inevitable change. We hear from preteens about the terrifying knowledge that puberty is about to happen...an
522 Tarred and Feathered April 14, 2014
This week, stories of people being threatened and punished with public shame. Including the story of someone who was literally tarred and feathered. It happened a lot more recently than you'd guess.
521 Bad Baby March 31, 2014
They're small. And they're cuddly. But sometimes it feels as though our babies were replaced with demon replicas -- controlling, demanding, or just downright awful. This week, stories of infants and children who dominate the adults around them with t
480 Animal Sacrifice March 24, 2014
What animals sacrifice for us, and what we sacrifice for them. Including a story from Susan Orlean about dogs in World War II, and the This American Life staff confronts Ira about his dog, Piney. Photo: Dog wearing suicide bomb vest, 1943.
519 Dead Men Tell No Tales March 10, 2014
Last May, a weird story made the news: the FBI killed a guy in Florida who was loosely linked to the Boston Marathon bombings. He was shot seven times in his living room by a federal agent. What really happened? Why was the FBI even in that room with him?
206 Somewhere in the Arabian Sea March 3, 2014
Life aboard the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier that was stationed in the Arabian Sea and supported bombing missions over Afghanistan. Only a few dozen people on board actually fly jets. It takes the rest of the crew — over 5,000 people — to keep
518 Except For That One Thing Feb. 17, 2014
Mike Anderson was 36 years old, married, a suburban father of four. He owned a contracting business and built his family’s modest, three-bedroom house in St. Louis from the ground up. He volunteered at church on the weekends and coaches his son’s football
517 Day At The Beach Feb. 3, 2014
It's January, and freezing outside. This week 5 stories from the sunny beach! Including David Sedaris telling us how losing a sister in 2013 prompted a family reunion, and an impulse buy of a lifetime -- an oceanfront cottage big enough for all of th
399 Contents Unknown Jan. 27, 2014
A man named David Maclean finds himself in a train station in India, with no idea how he got there or who he is. His memory gone, he has no choice but to let other people—police, doctors, friends, family—create an identity for him. David's book about this
516 Stuck In The Middle Jan. 20, 2014
Jan Brady is not the only one who hated being in the middle. This week we have stories about how it sucks to be in limbo or be the mediator, but we also hear from a man who absolutely loves being in that uncertain and boring middle most of us ...
515 Good Guys Jan. 13, 2014
Lots of men think of themselves as "good guys." But what does it actually take to be one? To be a truly good guy. Stories of valiant men attempting to do good in challenging circumstances: in war zones, department stores, public buses, and at the bottom o
484 Doppelgängers Jan. 6, 2014
We got a tip about a meat plant selling pig intestines as fake calamari, wondered if it could be true, and decided to investigate. Doppelgängers, doubles, evil twins and not-so-evil twins, this week. Fred Armisen co-hosts with Ira Glass. EXTRAS: Fred's Ir
14 Accidental Documentaries Dec. 30, 2013
What unites these stories on the surface is that they're all made from old tapes, recordings found in attics and thrift stores. What unites them under that surface — and not far under it — is that they all end up being stories about fathers and the legaci
514 Thought That Counts Dec. 23, 2013
It's the thought that counts. So true. Unfortunately, sometimes it's not always so clear what that thought was. And sometimes, when it is clear, we wish it wasn't. This week, during this, the season of giving, we turn our spotlight on the givers and exact
513 Cars Dec. 16, 2013
We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they'll get a huge bonus from the manufacturer, possibly as high as $85,000 — enough to put them in the black for the month. ...