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This American Life

This American Life

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This American Life

This American Life

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 stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.

Latest Episodes

712: Nice White Parents

Years ago, producer Chana Joffe-Walt started reporting on one school in New York. She thought the story was about segregation and inequality in public schools. But the more she looked into it, the more she realized she was witnessing something else. She was seeing the inordinate power of white parents at this school. This is the first episode of Chana’s new mini-series: Nice White Parents.

65 MIN1 d ago
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712: Nice White Parents

443: Amusement Park

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 seemto love their jobs.

60 MIN1 w ago
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443: Amusement Park

711: How to Be Alone

In space, in the ocean, by ourselves, or with others—we’re all just figuring out how to be apart.

66 MIN2 w ago
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711: How to Be Alone

710: Umbrellas Down

As China's new national security law tightens its control over Hong Kong, we return to our episode about last fall's anti-government protests and check in to see how people are responding.

73 MIN3 w ago
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710: Umbrellas Down

709: The Reprieve

Michigan has passed its Covid-19 peak, and the state has started opening up. But it’s still been intensely difficult for the staff in the ICU at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. We've embedded with them over the past few months, and tracked how this pandemic has changed them and their city.

78 MINJUN 29
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709: The Reprieve

708: Here, Again

An exhaustingly familiar story. Maybe it’ll have a different ending this time, but maybe not. We hear what different people said and did one weekendin reaction to the killing of George Floyd.

65 MINJUN 15
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708: Here, Again

707: We Are in the Future

In this moment of sorrow, protest, and rage in the wake of George Floyd’s death, we offer this as a break from the dreadful present: our show about Afrofuturism. It’s a way of looking at Black culture that’s fantastic and hopeful, which feels especially urgent during a time without a lot of optimism. Featuring the song "The Deep" by clppng.

61 MINJUN 8
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707: We Are in the Future

706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With

Lissa Yellow Bird searches for missing people. Cold cases, mostly. People no one else is looking for. It’s not her job, but a lot of Native Americans go missing and their cases remain unsolved, so families often ask Lissa for help. But then,Lissa’s own niece goes missing.

65 MINJUN 1
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706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With

705: Time Out

While sports of all kinds have been put on pause, we bring you favorite stories from back when people were still on football fields, boxing rings, and basketball courts.

64 MINMAY 25
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705: Time Out

704: Our Pulitzer-Winning Episode

Last week, our episode"The Out Crowd" won the very first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded to a radio show. This is the episode that won, with some updates on the stories. Hear what the Trump administration’s "Remain in Mexico" policy actuallymeans, on the ground, at the Mexican border.

67 MINMAY 18
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704: Our Pulitzer-Winning Episode
the END

Latest Episodes

712: Nice White Parents

Years ago, producer Chana Joffe-Walt started reporting on one school in New York. She thought the story was about segregation and inequality in public schools. But the more she looked into it, the more she realized she was witnessing something else. She was seeing the inordinate power of white parents at this school. This is the first episode of Chana’s new mini-series: Nice White Parents.

65 MIN1 d ago
Comments
712: Nice White Parents

443: Amusement Park

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 seemto love their jobs.

60 MIN1 w ago
Comments
443: Amusement Park

711: How to Be Alone

In space, in the ocean, by ourselves, or with others—we’re all just figuring out how to be apart.

66 MIN2 w ago
Comments
711: How to Be Alone

710: Umbrellas Down

As China's new national security law tightens its control over Hong Kong, we return to our episode about last fall's anti-government protests and check in to see how people are responding.

73 MIN3 w ago
Comments
710: Umbrellas Down

709: The Reprieve

Michigan has passed its Covid-19 peak, and the state has started opening up. But it’s still been intensely difficult for the staff in the ICU at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. We've embedded with them over the past few months, and tracked how this pandemic has changed them and their city.

78 MINJUN 29
Comments
709: The Reprieve

708: Here, Again

An exhaustingly familiar story. Maybe it’ll have a different ending this time, but maybe not. We hear what different people said and did one weekendin reaction to the killing of George Floyd.

65 MINJUN 15
Comments
708: Here, Again

707: We Are in the Future

In this moment of sorrow, protest, and rage in the wake of George Floyd’s death, we offer this as a break from the dreadful present: our show about Afrofuturism. It’s a way of looking at Black culture that’s fantastic and hopeful, which feels especially urgent during a time without a lot of optimism. Featuring the song "The Deep" by clppng.

61 MINJUN 8
Comments
707: We Are in the Future

706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With

Lissa Yellow Bird searches for missing people. Cold cases, mostly. People no one else is looking for. It’s not her job, but a lot of Native Americans go missing and their cases remain unsolved, so families often ask Lissa for help. But then,Lissa’s own niece goes missing.

65 MINJUN 1
Comments
706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With

705: Time Out

While sports of all kinds have been put on pause, we bring you favorite stories from back when people were still on football fields, boxing rings, and basketball courts.

64 MINMAY 25
Comments
705: Time Out

704: Our Pulitzer-Winning Episode

Last week, our episode"The Out Crowd" won the very first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded to a radio show. This is the episode that won, with some updates on the stories. Hear what the Trump administration’s "Remain in Mexico" policy actuallymeans, on the ground, at the Mexican border.

67 MINMAY 18
Comments
704: Our Pulitzer-Winning Episode
the END
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