This American Life

by This American Life · · ·

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: 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.
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: Unteachable Moment June 10, 2018
People trying to learn something when no one is clear what the lesson is supposed to be.
A man in retirement tries to start over in a new life with a new venture: a cable channel, with lots of puppies.
647: LaDonna May 27, 2018
A security guard at the airport notices something going wrong on the tarmac, and takes it upon herself to fix it.
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: Rom-Com Feb. 11, 2018
Stories about surviving the mishaps of love.
People who say the “wrong” thing and suffer the consequences.
People who say the “wrong” thing and suffer the consequences.
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: 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: 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: 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.
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: Becoming a Badger Dec. 31, 2017
Stories about people trying their best to turn themselves into something else—like a badger.