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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

513: 129 Cars

We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they'll get a huge bonus from the manufacturer, possibly as high as $85,000 — enough to put them in the black for the month. If they don't make it, it'll be the second month in a row. So they pull out all the stops.

75 MIN5 d ago
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513: 129 Cars

709: The Reprieve

Michigan has passed its Covid-19 peak, and the state has started opening up. But it’s still been intensely difficult for the staff in the ICU at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. We've embedded with them over the past few months, and tracked how this pandemic has changed them and their city.

78 MIN1 w ago
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709: The Reprieve

684: Burn It Down

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, people everywhere are demanding that police departments change not just their rules, but the culture inside that leads to these deaths. But those things are notoriously hard to change. As a case study, here'sthe story of afire department that gets a new boss whostarts a war with his own firefighters, to change their macho, racist culture. Theyfight back hard.

63 MIN2 w ago
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684: Burn It Down

708: Here, Again

An exhaustingly familiar story. Maybe it’ll have a different ending this time, but maybe not. We hear what different people said and did one weekendin reaction to the killing of George Floyd.

65 MIN3 w ago
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708: Here, Again

707: We Are in the Future

In this moment of sorrow, protest, and rage in the wake of George Floyd’s death, we offer this as a break from the dreadful present: our show about Afrofuturism. It’s a way of looking at Black culture that’s fantastic and hopeful, which feels especially urgent during a time without a lot of optimism. Featuring the song "The Deep" by clppng.

61 MINJUN 8
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707: We Are in the Future

706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With

Lissa Yellow Bird searches for missing people. Cold cases, mostly. People no one else is looking for. It’s not her job, but a lot of Native Americans go missing and their cases remain unsolved, so families often ask Lissa for help. But then,Lissa’s own niece goes missing.

65 MINJUN 1
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706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With

705: Time Out

While sports of all kinds have been put on pause, we bring you favorite stories from back when people were still on football fields, boxing rings, and basketball courts.

64 MINMAY 25
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705: Time Out

704: Our Pulitzer-Winning Episode

Last week, our episode"The Out Crowd" won the very first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded to a radio show. This is the episode that won, with some updates on the stories. Hear what the Trump administration’s "Remain in Mexico" policy actuallymeans, on the ground, at the Mexican border.

67 MINMAY 18
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704: Our Pulitzer-Winning Episode

703: Stuck!

During a time when a lot of us feel like we are living in a holding pattern, stories of people feeling stuck.

60 MINMAY 11
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703: Stuck!

702: One Last Thing Before I Go

Words can seem so puny and ineffective sometimes. On this show, we have stories in which ordinary people make last ditch efforts to get through to their loved ones, using a combination of small talk and not-so-small talk.

64 MINAPR 27
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702: One Last Thing Before I Go
the END

Latest Episodes

513: 129 Cars

We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they'll get a huge bonus from the manufacturer, possibly as high as $85,000 — enough to put them in the black for the month. If they don't make it, it'll be the second month in a row. So they pull out all the stops.

75 MIN5 d ago
Comments
513: 129 Cars

709: The Reprieve

Michigan has passed its Covid-19 peak, and the state has started opening up. But it’s still been intensely difficult for the staff in the ICU at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. We've embedded with them over the past few months, and tracked how this pandemic has changed them and their city.

78 MIN1 w ago
Comments
709: The Reprieve

684: Burn It Down

In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, people everywhere are demanding that police departments change not just their rules, but the culture inside that leads to these deaths. But those things are notoriously hard to change. As a case study, here'sthe story of afire department that gets a new boss whostarts a war with his own firefighters, to change their macho, racist culture. Theyfight back hard.

63 MIN2 w ago
Comments
684: Burn It Down

708: Here, Again

An exhaustingly familiar story. Maybe it’ll have a different ending this time, but maybe not. We hear what different people said and did one weekendin reaction to the killing of George Floyd.

65 MIN3 w ago
Comments
708: Here, Again

707: We Are in the Future

In this moment of sorrow, protest, and rage in the wake of George Floyd’s death, we offer this as a break from the dreadful present: our show about Afrofuturism. It’s a way of looking at Black culture that’s fantastic and hopeful, which feels especially urgent during a time without a lot of optimism. Featuring the song "The Deep" by clppng.

61 MINJUN 8
Comments
707: We Are in the Future

706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With

Lissa Yellow Bird searches for missing people. Cold cases, mostly. People no one else is looking for. It’s not her job, but a lot of Native Americans go missing and their cases remain unsolved, so families often ask Lissa for help. But then,Lissa’s own niece goes missing.

65 MINJUN 1
Comments
706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With

705: Time Out

While sports of all kinds have been put on pause, we bring you favorite stories from back when people were still on football fields, boxing rings, and basketball courts.

64 MINMAY 25
Comments
705: Time Out

704: Our Pulitzer-Winning Episode

Last week, our episode"The Out Crowd" won the very first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded to a radio show. This is the episode that won, with some updates on the stories. Hear what the Trump administration’s "Remain in Mexico" policy actuallymeans, on the ground, at the Mexican border.

67 MINMAY 18
Comments
704: Our Pulitzer-Winning Episode

703: Stuck!

During a time when a lot of us feel like we are living in a holding pattern, stories of people feeling stuck.

60 MINMAY 11
Comments
703: Stuck!

702: One Last Thing Before I Go

Words can seem so puny and ineffective sometimes. On this show, we have stories in which ordinary people make last ditch efforts to get through to their loved ones, using a combination of small talk and not-so-small talk.

64 MINAPR 27
Comments
702: One Last Thing Before I Go
the END
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