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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.


654: The Feather Heist
A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds. 
65:11 19/03/2023
793: The Problem with Ghosts
The ghosts that visit us, the ghosts that never do, and the ghosts that walk among us.
63:18 12/03/2023
792: When to Leave
People staring down that hardest of questions: Is now the time? To leave?
61:50 05/03/2023
639: In Dog We Trust
Exactly how much are the animals that live in our homes caught up in our everyday family dynamics?
59:33 26/02/2023
791: Math or Magic?
When it comes to finding love, there seems to be two schools of thought on the best way to go about it. One says, wait for that lightning-strike magic. The other says, make a calculation and choose the best option available. Who has it right?
56:34 12/02/2023
790: You're It
Sometimes you raise your hand. Other times you’re just the only one left.
59:50 29/01/2023
789: The Runaround
People being dodged, delayed, and evaded—and what they do to put an end to it.
63:02 22/01/2023
788: Half-Baked Stories About My Dead Mom
Writer Etgar Keret tries to come up with the stories that capture his late mother, Orna Keret—but it’s hard, he says, because she’s like Maria in West Side Story and she’s also like Thanos from the Avengers. He ends up with a series of very short stories — most just a few paragraphs long — that give glimpses of different sides of her. 
61:51 08/01/2023
787: Baby's First Christmas
People experiencing Christmas in brand new ways, giving the holiday even more meaning.
58:58 25/12/2022
786: It's a Game Show!
Something we’ve never done before: true stories told in the form of a game show.
65:10 04/12/2022