This American Life

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.

686: Umbrellas Up
Oct 20 • 74 min
For over 100 days now, protestors in Hong Kong have taken to the streets every weekend. What it’s like to live through that.
685: We Come From Small Places
Oct 13 • 60 min
The staff goes to one of the biggest parties in New York City, the Labor Day Carnival and the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn.
581: Anatomy of Doubt
Oct 6 • 60 min
This week, a story about doubt: how it germinated, spread, and eventually took hold of an entire community, with terrible consequences. A collaboration with The Marshall Project and ProPublica, the print version of the story was written by Ken Armstrong…
684: Burn It Down
Sep 29 • 62 min
Stories of people who decide the only way forward — for real change — is to burn everything to the ground.
683: Beer Summit
Sep 22 • 69 min
Two people, sitting down over a beer, hashing out their differences and understanding where the other guy is coming from. Hard to imagine these days, right? It’s so rare right now that someone is curious enough to actually see the other person’s point of…
682: Ten Sessions
Aug 25 • 61 min
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 through it in two weeks. Jaime Lowe tried the therapy—and recorded it.
681: Escape From the Lab
Aug 18 • 61 min
What happens when our most ingenious creations actually make it out into the world.
680: The Weight Of Words
Jul 28 • 60 min
Words mean things, but some words are especially meaningful — whether in a survival manual, a song lyric, or a slur.
679: Save the Girl
Jul 14 • 61 min
People go on missions to save young girls from danger. But sometimes they get so caught up in the mission that it overshadows the girl herself.
678: The Wannabes
Jul 7 • 69 min
This country is crawling in presidential candidates right now and they’re bumping into each other in Des Moines and yelling over each other in Miami. We hang out with them, in this weird early period of the election when they’re easy to walk right up to.