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. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to s
486: Valentine’s Day
Feb 10 • 61 min
Love makes us do crazy things. But usually not this crazy. This week for Valentine’s Day we have stories of people going to extremes to find and pursue their one true love.
667: Wartime Radio
Feb 3 • 66 min
Intimate and personal dispatches from two very different battlefields: A small town in the Syrian war. And the U.S. opioid epidemic. Each came from a DIY radio outfit. (Okay, one’s a podcast.)
638: Rom-Com
Jan 27 • 62 min
The one thing you know for sure when you’re watching a romantic comedy is that it’s going to turn out okay in the end. When you’re living one? Not so much. This week, stories that unfold like rom-coms.
666: The Theme That Shall Not Be Named
Jan 20 • 65 min
Satan! In his many surprising manifestations, all around us.
665: Before Things Went to Hell
Jan 13
We revisit those moments of calm before the storm, when things could have gone very differently, but instead, they went to hell.
664: The Room of Requirement
Dec 30, 2018
Libraries aren’t just for books. They’re often spaces that transform into what you need them to be: a classroom, a cyber café, a place to find answers, a quiet spot to be alone. It’s actually kind of magical. This week, we have stories of people who roam…
663: How I Read It
Dec 9, 2018
Documents you don’t normally think of, showing you things you didn’t expect.
662: Where There Is a Will
Nov 18, 2018
Stories of people who believe there is always a way. And also those who don’t.
661: But That’s What Happened
Nov 11, 2018
Stories of women in unsettling situations. When they try to explain what’s wrong, they’re told that they don’t understand—that there’s nothing unsettling about it.
660: Hoaxing Yourself
Nov 4, 2018
Stories of people who tell a lie and then believe the lie more than anyone else does. In other words: Stories about people pulling hoaxes…on themselves.