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

659: Before the Next One Oct. 14, 2018

There’s no rulebook on how to handle a school shooting. And no real way to prepare for one. This week, people take what they’ve learned from these tragedies and try to use that knowledge to save others.

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Zoe Chace followed Senator Jeff Flake as he decided to force the Senate to delay its vote on Judge Kavanaugh.
We asked listeners to send us their best coincidence stories, and we got more than 1,300 submissions!
657: The Runaways Sept. 23, 2018
A bunch of teenagers go missing from a town in Long Island.
657: The Runaways Sept. 23, 2018
A bunch of teenagers go missing from a town in Long Island.
The quiet bureaucratic war that’s even targeting legal immigrants.
402: Save the Day Sept. 9, 2018
Stories about one person single-handedly taking charge of a situation gone wrong.
402: Save the Day Sept. 9, 2018
Stories about one person single-handedly taking charge of a situation gone wrong.
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.
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.
What happens when an astronaut who's not really into outer space goes to the moon.
508: Superpowers Aug. 19, 2018
Which is better: flight or invisibility?
654: The Feather Heist Aug. 12, 2018
A flute player steals a million dollars worth of dead birds.
653: Crime Scene Aug. 5, 2018
Every crime scene hides a story.
619: The Magic Show July 29, 2018
Former kid magicians Ira Glass and David Kestenbaum dive back into the world of magic.
652: ICE Capades July 22, 2018
Dispatches from a government agency in its tumultuous teenage years.
617: Fermi’s Paradox July 8, 2018
Three people grapple with the question, “Are we alone?”
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.