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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 3/19/23
793: The Problem with Ghosts
The ghosts that visit us, the ghosts that never do, and the ghosts that walk among us.
63:18 3/12/23
792: When to Leave
People staring down that hardest of questions: Is now the time? To leave?
61:50 3/5/23
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 2/26/23
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 2/12/23
790: You're It
Sometimes you raise your hand. Other times you’re just the only one left.
59:50 1/29/23
789: The Runaround
People being dodged, delayed, and evaded—and what they do to put an end to it.
63:02 1/22/23
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 1/8/23
787: Baby's First Christmas
People experiencing Christmas in brand new ways, giving the holiday even more meaning.
58:58 12/25/22
786: It's a Game Show!
Something we’ve never done before: true stories told in the form of a game show.
65:10 12/4/22