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This American Life

This American Life

Each week we choose a theme. Then anything can happen. This American Life is true stories that unfold like little movies for radio. Personal stories with funny moments, big feelings, and surprising plot twists. Newsy stories that try to capture what it’s like to be alive right now. It’s the most popular weekly podcast in the world, and winner of the first ever Pulitzer Prize for a radio show or po... more

PublishesWeeklyEpisodes187Founded18 years ago
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Latest Episodes

People ​so close to each other, ​in ​extremely intimate situations​,​ who are also a million miles apart. more

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3 days ago

We head to some of the happiest places on earth: 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 seem to love... more

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10 days ago

Boen Wang has a theory that a lot of the misery in his life can be traced to a single moment that happened years before he was born. So he makes a pilgrimage to see if he’s right. more

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17 days ago

It's funny the things that go through your head during a disaster. more

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24 days ago

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4.6 out of 5 stars from 114.7k ratings
  • Emmanuel Dzotsi is a star

    Ira is as well. It’s nice to hear Emmanuel on this show! One of the oldest podcasts still going strong.

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    SpencerAustin
    Canadaa month ago
  • This American Life is an American treasure

    So many years in Ira Glass continues to be an example of the best of audio story telling. Thought provoking stories delivered with the superb production quality.

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    Queen TLM
    United Statesa month ago
  • All-time favourite podcast!

    This is such a brilliant life-affirming podcast. They manage to make the mist mundane topics funny and magnetic. Love love love!! Thank you and don’t stop please.

    Apple Podcasts
    5
    MeBlizz
    Australiaa month ago
  • Propaganda on the manufactured Apple Top 100

    6-2-24 update: more propaganda. Take note of this episode #831 called Lists. It is a not so subtle threat from our increasingly authoritarian Ruling Class (funders of NPR). “Act Two: Reporter Masha Gessen talks to Russians living in America and elsewhere, about lists they’ve been put on by the Russian government in the last few years. Masha is also on one of these lists. Each list has its own complex rules and potential consequences, for the people on the lists and for their family members who l... more

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    MkeY234Z62
    United Statesa month ago
  • Used to be a fan

    I used to be a fan, Mr. Glass. Until you profiled Gazans and abandoned the Jewish people - your people. Shame on you. After the biggest massacre on the Jews since the Holocaust. Every nation turns their backs on the Jews, and they certainly won’t care if a Jew was anti-Israel. You might want to reconsider who your people are.

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    bazie247
    United Statesa month ago

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