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.

539 #539: The Leap Nov. 16, 2015
Most of us go from day to day just coasting on the status quo. If it ain’t broke, why fix it, right? But when routines just get too mundane or systems stop making sense, sometimes you just have to hold your breath…and jump. This week, stories of people wh
572 #572: Transformers Nov. 9, 2015
This week we have stories of people deciding to take on some very big fears. A prisoner who hasn't talked to anyone in years comes up with a bold plan to re- introduce himself to the world, while a 90-year-old woman shocks her family when she announces a l
467 #467: Americans in China May 25, 2015
It used to be that the American expats in China were the big shots. They had the money, the status, the know-how. But that's changed. What's it like to be an American living in China now? And what do they understand about China that we don't?
551 #551: Good Guys 2015 March 23, 2015
Yes fellas, lots of you think of yourselves as good guys. But what does it really take to be a good guy? We have stories of valiant men attempting to do good in challenging and not-so-challenging circumstances: in department stores, public buses, and at t
549 #549: Amateur Hour March 2, 2015
This week, stories of people who are in put into positions they’re completely unqualified to handle … but who try to make it work anyway. Including one story of a tough group of soldiers who attempt to save lives through the power of show tunes.
Our second hour of stories about policing and race. We hear about one city where relations between police and black residents went terribly, and another city where they seem to be improving remarkably. And one of our producers asks: Why aren't police chie
The Internet is the one place where it’s safe to say whatever you want — nobody will know it’s you. But the same protections that make commenters invulnerable are what make the Internet scary — even downright dangerous — for the commented upon. In this we
539 #539: The Leap Nov. 10, 2014
Most of us go from day to day just coasting on the status quo. If it ain’t broke, why fix it, right? But when routines just get too mundane or systems stop making sense, sometimes you just have to hold your breath…and jump. This week, stories of people wh
246 #246: My Pen Pal Nov. 3, 2014
Stories of very unusual pen pals, people whose relationship could not exist without the help of the postal service.
506 #506: Secret Identity Oct. 13, 2014
A bank robber on an undercover mission. A teenage girl with the powers of a tiger. A vigilante seeking vengeance in Ciudad Juarez. All have secret identities. But not all of them chose those identities for themselves. WEB EXTRA: A drawing by Alice Leora B
199 #199: House on Loon Lake June 9, 2014
Our entire show this week is one long story, sort of a real-life Hardy Boys mystery. More than most of our shows, this one lends itself to a Hollywood- style tagline. Perhaps: "You Might Break In...But You'll Never Forget." Or "Dead Letters Tell No Tales."
There's how you see yourself. And there's how the rest of the world sees you. Sometimes those two do not match up. This week we have stories of people who get a glimpse of themselves from some other vantage point and discover things that they had never kn
165 #165: Americans In Paris May 19, 2014
Many Americans have dreamy and romantic ideas about Paris, notions which probably trace back to the 1920s vision of Paris created by the expatriate Americans there. But what's it actually like in Paris if you're an American, without rose-colored glasses?
525 #525: Call For Help May 12, 2014
Stories of people coming to terms with being in serious trouble. They need help. Figuring out how to get it, that's another problem.
524 #524: I Was So High May 5, 2014
Your waitress. Your colleagues at work. Your doctor. Maybe even your parents. They’re all high. All the time. That’s what it feels like anyway. This week, stories in which drug use and daily life intersect – and in which people get high in secret and then
523 #523: Death and Taxes April 28, 2014
It is a peculiar feeling to know with certainty that something big is about to happen to you. This week we watch people go right up to the edge of inevitable change. We hear from preteens about the terrifying knowledge that puberty is about to happen...an
522 #522: Tarred and Feathered April 14, 2014
This week, stories of people being threatened and punished with public shame. Including the story of someone who was literally tarred and feathered. It happened a lot more recently than you'd guess.
521 #521: Bad Baby March 31, 2014
They're small. And they're cuddly. But sometimes it feels as though our babies were replaced with demon replicas -- controlling, demanding, or just downright awful. This week, stories of infants and children who dominate the adults around them with t
480 #480: Animal Sacrifice March 24, 2014
What animals sacrifice for us, and what we sacrifice for them. Including a story from Susan Orlean about dogs in World War II, and the This American Life staff confronts Ira about his dog, Piney. Photo: Dog wearing suicide bomb vest, 1943.
519 #519: Dead Men Tell No Tales March 10, 2014
Last May, a weird story made the news: the FBI killed a guy in Florida who was loosely linked to the Boston Marathon bombings. He was shot seven times in his living room by a federal agent. What really happened? Why was the FBI even in that room with him?