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.

164 #164: Crime Scene June 4, 2012
Every crime scene hides a story. In this week's show, we hear about crime scenes and the stories they tell. <img border="0" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?i=Hofcf722Q74:xcJe-HbdR0k:gIN9vFwOqvQ" …
464 #464: Invisible Made Visible May 21, 2012
This week, the radio debut of the episode we just did live on stage and beamed to movie theatres all over the country. David Sedaris, David Rakoff, Tig Notaro and Ryan Knighton performed stories. Mike Birbiglia made a short film, co-starring Terry Gross, which you can see here. …
154 #154: In Dog We Trust May 7, 2012
Stories of dogs and cats and other animals that live in our homes. Exactly how much are they caught up in everyday family dynamics? We answer this question and others. <img border="0" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?i=rUlm2pm12nU:dphuN-Dq-i8:V_sGLiPBpWU" …
463 #463: Mortal Vs. Venial April 30, 2012
Religion makes it pretty clear what differentiates mortal sins from venial ones. Mortal are the really bad sins and venial the lesser ones. But in our everyday lives, it can be really difficult to determine just how bad we've been. This week we have stories of people trying to figure …
A live episode of the radio program, including stories told on stage by Dan Savage and Mike Birbiglia. Guess what? We're doing another live show like this &mdash; nationwide on movie screens &mdash; on May 10th! <img …
332 #332: The Ten Commandments April 9, 2012
Stories of people struggling to follow the Ten Commandments from the book of Exodus.
For anyone who has ever heard the term "Washington insider" and felt outside &mdash; we are with you. So this week, we go inside the rooms where the deals get made, to the actual moment that the checks change hands &mdash; and we ask the people writing and receiving the …
360 #360: Switched At Birth March 26, 2012
On a summer day in 1951, two baby girls were born in a hospital in small-town Wisconsin. The infants were accidentally switched, and went home with the wrong families. …
460 #460: Retraction March 19, 2012
We've discovered that one of our most popular episodes contained numerous fabrications. This week, we detail the errors in Mike Daisey's story about visiting Foxconn, which makes iPads and other products for Apple in China. Marketplace's China correspondent Rob Schmitz discovered the fabrications. Transcript. Press …
459 #459: What Kind of Country March 5, 2012
All across the country right now, local and state governments are finding they can't pay their bills. Schools are losing teachers, street lights are going dark, garbage is piling up in public parks, and cops are suddenly an optional expense. <img border="0" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?i=sk9pdQGoTRQ:KWD8Oba7Jnw:F7zBnMyn0Lo" …
456 #456: Reap What You Sow Jan. 30, 2012
Alabama's new immigration law aims to make life so difficult for illegal immigrants that they will "self-deport." And in a way it's working. Immigrants are fleeing Alabama...but not just the undocumented ones. This and other stories of people living with the unintended consequences of their decisions. <img border="0" …
455 #455: Continental Breakup Jan. 23, 2012
If you're like us, when the words "European debt crisis" pop up in the news you feel a little worried, and a little like taking a nap. Turns out, there's a story behind this story. One that's filled with guilt, and drama, and betrayal, and 100-year-old dreams come true. Alex …
Mike Daisey was a self-described "worshipper in the cult of Mac." Then he saw some photos from a new iPhone, taken by workers at the factory where it was made. Mike wondered: Who makes all my crap? He traveled to China to find out. …
47 #47: Christmas and Commerce Dec. 26, 2011
Stories about the intersection of Christmas and retail, including David Sedaris's story "Santaland Diaries," which was first broadcast on NPR's Morning Edition many years ago in a much shorter version. <img border="0" src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?i=S24PpwJyQo4:fgsV_govZCQ:V_sGLiPBpWU" …
453 #453: Nemeses Dec. 19, 2011
This week, stories where a longtime standoff keeps both sides coming back for more. Including a story about the time in Poland's recent history where the country's two political blocks came together and believed, however briefly, they'd be able to set aside their differences. And another story about a college …
Three stories that consider the question: Does anyone's family ever change?
451 #451: Back to Penn State Nov. 21, 2011
In the wake of the recent news, listeners have contacted us and tweeted about the show we did two years ago at Penn State, #1 Party School. We listen again to some of those stories, with new interviews recorded this past week, as Penn State fans and loyalists try …
A few years ago a cancer researcher named Jonathan Brody gave a speech at his alma mater saying that people in his field really needed to think outside the box to find a cure. …
279 #279: Auto Show Oct. 17, 2011
Stories about people who love their cars, for better or for worse.
448 #448: Adventure! Oct. 10, 2011
Sometimes you choose the adventure and sometimes the adventure chooses you. This week, stories that pinpoint when people's boring old lives turn into something wildly unfamiliar. Including a story of one young man's time served in a Chinese prison, and a handful of adventure stories from some of our favorite …