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.

699: Fiasco!
Apr 5 • 60 min
Stories of when things go wrong. Really wrong. When you leave the normal realm of human error, fumble, mishap, and mistake and enter the territory of really huge breakdowns. Fiascos. Things go so awry that normal social order collapses.
698: The Test
Mar 29 • 61 min
The coronavirus has now fully arrived in the United States. This week, stories of people trying to rise to that challenge, in some pretty extreme situations.
697: Alone Together
Mar 22 • 61 min
This week, as the staff creates the episode from their apartments and houses, with our host in quarantine, in this moment when everyone’s reaching out to the people they love, we put together a collection of family stories, with some timely stuff at the…
696: Low Hum of Menace
Mar 15 • 64 min
Things do not seem fine at all, but it’s hard to say why.
695: Everyone’s a Critic
Mar 1 • 60 min
People squirming in a world where everything is rated and reviewed.
694: Get Back to Where You Once Belonged
Feb 16 • 64 min
People looking everywhere to find a place—any place—where, for once, they don’t have to be the odd man out.
693: Abdi the American
Feb 9 • 64 min
We return to our story about Abdi Nor from 2015, with some big news about his life today. When we first broadcast the story, Abdi was a Somali refugee living in Kenya desperately trying – against long odds – to get to the United States. Then he got the…
692: The Show of Delights
Feb 2 • 64 min
In these dark, combative times, we attempt the most radical counterprogramming we could imagine: a show made up entirely of stories about delight.
691: Gardens of Branching Paths
Jan 12 • 66 min
Stories of other universes that are just like our own, but with one small difference.
690: Too Close to Home
Dec 29, 2019 • 59 min
For the holidays, stories of families finally addressing the thorny thing they’ve never really talked about.