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 stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.
233: Starting From Scratch
Sunday 09 May 2021
: People starting over—sometimes because they want to, other times because they have to.
Sunday 02 May 2021
: People who try simple mind games on others and find themselves in way over their heads.
Sunday 25 April 2021
: What happens when your own community suddenly turns on you?
691: Gardens of Branching Paths
Sunday 18 April 2021
: Other universes that are just like our own, but with one small difference.
735: Bloody Feelings
Sunday 11 April 2021
: Stories about the power of blood.
549: Amateur Hour
Sunday 04 April 2021
: People put in positions they’re completely unqualified to handle, but who try to make it work anyway. Including one story of a tough group...
676: Here’s Looking at You, Kid
Sunday 28 March 2021
: Adults telling kids who they are, and kids wondering — are they right?
734: The Campus Tour Has Been Cancelled
Sunday 21 March 2021
: How the pandemic has thrown college admissions process into a kind of slow-motion chaos. One of the biggest changes: most colleges have...
695: Everyone's a Critic
Sunday 14 March 2021
: People squirming in a world where everything is rated and reviewed.
733: Warriors in the Garden
Sunday 07 March 2021
: This week, three men who came together to protest the murder of George Floyd. They were unified, loud, and impressive, but over time these...
635: Chip in My Brain
Sunday 28 February 2021
: A boy who can’t dribble gets a coach, a new best friend, and something to believe in.
Sunday 21 February 2021
: Why we tell them, and what happens after we do.
731: What Lies Beneath
Sunday 14 February 2021
: Stories of people summoning up stuff that’s usually hidden down deep.
670: Beware the Jabberwock
Sunday 07 February 2021
: Stories from the upside-down world where conspiracy theorists dwell.
489: No Coincidence, No Story!
Sunday 31 January 2021
: We asked listeners to send us their best coincidence stories, and we got more than 1,300 submissions! There were so many good ones we...
730: The Empty Chair
Sunday 24 January 2021
: Things we’ve lost in the past year — since the first American coronavirus case — that we haven’t talked about so much. Gossip. The...
694: Get Back to Where You Once Belonged
Sunday 17 January 2021
: People looking everywhere to find a place—any place—where, for once, they don't have to be the odd man out.
729: Making the Cut
Sunday 10 January 2021
: There's always someone whose job it is to decide if you measure up.
692: The Show of Delights
Sunday 03 January 2021
: In these dark, combative times, we attempt the most radical counterprogramming we could imagine: a show made up entirely of stories about...
728: Lights, Camera, Christmas!
Sunday 27 December 2020
: This holiday season, we bring you a show filled with stories of people going to great lengths to throw a special Christmas for their...
727: Boulder v. Hill
Sunday 20 December 2020
: What the day-to-day business of saving the world looks like. We visit with one group of people who are trying to rescue us from something...
Sunday 13 December 2020
: To commemorate our show’s 25th year, we have a program about people who were born the year our show went on the air.
619: The Magic Show
Sunday 06 December 2020
: Just a few years before he got the internship at NPR that started him in radio, our host Ira Glass had another career. He performed magic at...
725: Turkey in a Face Mask
Sunday 29 November 2020
: For Thanksgiving weekend, stories about food, and people who set out on very particular missions with food.
682: Ten Sessions
Sunday 22 November 2020
: What if someone told you about a type of therapy that could help you work through unhealed trauma in just ten sessions? Some people knock...