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This American Life

This American Life

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This American Life

This American Life

This American Life

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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.

Latest Episodes

693: Abdi the American

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 luckiest break of his life: he won a lottery that puts him on a short list for a U.S. visa. But before he could cash in his golden ticket, the police started raiding his neighborhood, targeting refugees.

64 MIN1 w ago
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693: Abdi the American

692: The Show of Delights

In these dark, combative times, we attempt the most radical counterprogramming we could imagine: a show made up entirely of stories about delight.

64 MIN2 w ago
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692: The Show of Delights

640: Five Women

As Harvey Weinstein goes to trial, we have a different kind of #MeToo storyabout several women who worked for the same man. They tell us not only about their troubling encounters with him, but also about their lives beforehand. Who were they when they entered the workplace, and how did their personal histories shape the way they dealt with his harassment?

82 MIN3 w ago
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640: Five Women

654: The Feather Heist

A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds.

66 MINJAN 20
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654: The Feather Heist

691: Gardens of Branching Paths

Stories of other universes that are just like our own, but with one small difference.

66 MINJAN 13
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691: Gardens of Branching Paths

690: Too Close to Home

For the holidays, stories of families finally addressing the thorny thing they’ve never really talked about.

59 MIN2019 DEC 30
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690: Too Close to Home

689: Digging Up the Bones

There's a lot that can be gained from unearthing the past -- learning about oneself, learning about others. But, it doesn't always go how you'd expect.

59 MIN2019 DEC 9
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689: Digging Up the Bones

688: The Out Crowd

Reports from the frontlines of the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" asylum policy. We hear from asylum seekers waiting across the border in Mexico, in a makeshift refugee camp, and from the officers who sent them there to wait in the first place.

67 MIN2019 NOV 18
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688: The Out Crowd

687: Small Things Considered

Stories about being little. Secret writings in tiny letters. The power of a very small number. And a medication that's supposed to cure shortness.

61 MIN2019 NOV 11
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687: Small Things Considered

686: Umbrellas Up

For over 100 days now, protesters in Hong Kong have taken to the streets every weekend. What it’s like to live through that.

74 MIN2019 OCT 21
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686: Umbrellas Up
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Latest Episodes

693: Abdi the American

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 luckiest break of his life: he won a lottery that puts him on a short list for a U.S. visa. But before he could cash in his golden ticket, the police started raiding his neighborhood, targeting refugees.

64 MIN1 w ago
Comments
693: Abdi the American

692: The Show of Delights

In these dark, combative times, we attempt the most radical counterprogramming we could imagine: a show made up entirely of stories about delight.

64 MIN2 w ago
Comments
692: The Show of Delights

640: Five Women

As Harvey Weinstein goes to trial, we have a different kind of #MeToo storyabout several women who worked for the same man. They tell us not only about their troubling encounters with him, but also about their lives beforehand. Who were they when they entered the workplace, and how did their personal histories shape the way they dealt with his harassment?

82 MIN3 w ago
Comments
640: Five Women

654: The Feather Heist

A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds.

66 MINJAN 20
Comments
654: The Feather Heist

691: Gardens of Branching Paths

Stories of other universes that are just like our own, but with one small difference.

66 MINJAN 13
Comments
691: Gardens of Branching Paths

690: Too Close to Home

For the holidays, stories of families finally addressing the thorny thing they’ve never really talked about.

59 MIN2019 DEC 30
Comments
690: Too Close to Home

689: Digging Up the Bones

There's a lot that can be gained from unearthing the past -- learning about oneself, learning about others. But, it doesn't always go how you'd expect.

59 MIN2019 DEC 9
Comments
689: Digging Up the Bones

688: The Out Crowd

Reports from the frontlines of the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" asylum policy. We hear from asylum seekers waiting across the border in Mexico, in a makeshift refugee camp, and from the officers who sent them there to wait in the first place.

67 MIN2019 NOV 18
Comments
688: The Out Crowd

687: Small Things Considered

Stories about being little. Secret writings in tiny letters. The power of a very small number. And a medication that's supposed to cure shortness.

61 MIN2019 NOV 11
Comments
687: Small Things Considered

686: Umbrellas Up

For over 100 days now, protesters in Hong Kong have taken to the streets every weekend. What it’s like to live through that.

74 MIN2019 OCT 21
Comments
686: Umbrellas Up
the END
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