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.

We asked listeners to send us their best coincidence stories, and we got more than 1,300 submissions! There were so many good ones we decided to make a whole show about them. From a chance encounter at a bus station to a romantic dollar bill to a baffling apparition in …
We pick up where we left off last week in our second hour from Harper High School in Chicago. We find out if a shooting in the neighborhood will derail the school's Homecoming game and dance. We hear the origin story of one of Harper's gangs. And we ask a
We spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29. We went to get a sense of what it means to live in the midst of all this gun violence, how teens and adults navigate a world of …
188 #188: Kid Logic Feb. 4, 2013
Stories of kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions. ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA) ![](http://feeds .feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?i=gc1Vy9OrjqA:TPrOElHqk8g:F7zBnMyn0Lo) ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA) ![](http://feeds .feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?i=gc1Vy9OrjqA:TPrOElHqk8g:V_sGLiPBpWU) ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?d=qj6IDK7rITs) ![](http://feeds .feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?i=gc1Vy9OrjqA:TPrOElHqk8g:gIN9vFwOqvQ) ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/gc1Vy9OrjqA)
485 #485: Surrogates Jan. 28, 2013
This week we look at people who see themselves in others and try to live out their lives through stand-ins -- including the story of what one father saw in the convicted murderer he decided to adopt. And the proxy battle over a woman’s honor that became a presidential obsession. …
173 #173: Three Kinds of Deception Jan. 21, 2013
A story of self-deception, a story about deceiving others, and a story about accidental deception. And how one type of deception can easily turn into another. [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA)](http://feeds.t hisamericanlife.org/~ff/talpodcast?a=7loLKU5Yswc:hxLtd4_Lm-w:yIl2AUoC8zA) [![] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?i=7loLKU5Yswc:hxLtd4_Lm-w:F7zBnMyn 0Lo)](http://feeds.thisamericanlife.org/~ff/talpodcast?a=7loLKU5Yswc:hxLtd4_Lm -w:F7zBnMyn0Lo) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA) ](http://feeds.thisamericanlife.org/~ff/talpodcast?a=7loLKU5Yswc:hxLtd4_Lm-w:7 Q72WNTAKBA) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?i=7loLKU5Yswc:hxLt d4_Lm-w:V_sGLiPBpWU)](http://feeds.thisamericanlife.org/~ff/talpodcast?a=7loLK U5Yswc:hxLtd4_Lm-w:V_sGLiPBpWU) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcas t?d=qj6IDK7rITs)](http://feeds.thisamericanlife.org/~ff/talpodcast?a=7loLKU5Ys wc:hxLtd4_Lm-w:qj6IDK7rITs) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?i= 7loLKU5Yswc:hxLtd4_Lm-w:gIN9vFwOqvQ)](http://feeds.thisamericanlife.org/~ff/ta lpodcast?a=7loLKU5Yswc:hxLtd4_Lm-w:gIN9vFwOqvQ) ![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/7loLKU5Yswc)
483 #483: Self-Improvement Kick Jan. 7, 2013
A perfectly normal guy gets rid of everything he owns, changes his name, says goodbye to his friends — and begins walking. In the name of peace. And Honduran government officials try to heal their corrupt country by starting a perfect city, from scratch. For the new year, we bring …
449 #449: Middle School Nov. 12, 2012
This week, at the suggestion of a 14-year-old listener, we bring you stories from the awkward, confusing, hormonally charged world of middle school. Including a teacher who transforms peer pressure into a force for good, and reports from the frontlines of the middle school dance. (Pictured: 7th graders at a …
478 #478: Red State Blue State Nov. 5, 2012
Everyone knows that politics is now so divided in our country that not only do the 2 sides disagree on the solutions to the country’s problems, they don’t even agree on what the problems are. It’s 2 versions of the world in collision. This week we hear from people who’ve …
283 #283: Remember Me Oct. 29, 2012
Stories about people who are remembered very differently than they'd wished. The ghost of a kindly, distinguished philanthropist supposedly plays pranks on guests at a Ramada hotel in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. A dying mother makes a tape for her developmentally disabled daughter, hoping she'll watch it someday, knowing she …
476 #476: What Doesn't Kill You Oct. 8, 2012
Stories of how people cope after brushes with death. Sometimes death comes as a disease. Sometimes it swims up and bites you. And sometimes it's a pen or pencil, sitting there, just waiting for you to ingest it. Tig Notaro's comedy set is at [Louis CK's site](https://buy.louisck.net/purchase/tig-notaro-live). [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA)](http://feeds.t hisamericanlife.org/~ff/talpodcast?a=Scx1RoAcGUs:Kd4u6JZ52gg:yIl2AUoC8zA) [![] …
475 #475: Send a Message Oct. 1, 2012
This week people reach out in all kinds of ways to try and get their point across. And the recipients of those messages try to decipher what they mean. Messages in code, over the phone, and from beyond the grave. [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA)](http://feeds.t hisamericanlife.org/~ff/talpodcast?a=iIE6rAeW4KM:QQaGCSqbvZk:yIl2AUoC8zA) [![] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?i=iIE6rAeW4KM:QQaGCSqbvZk:F7zBnMyn 0Lo)](http://feeds.thisamericanlife.org/~ff/talpodcast?a=iIE6rAeW4KM:QQaGCSqbv Zk:F7zBnMyn0Lo) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA) ](http://feeds.thisamericanlife.org/~ff/talpodcast?a=iIE6rAeW4KM:QQaGCSqbvZk:7 Q72WNTAKBA) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?i=iIE6rAeW4KM:QQaG …
What do you get when you take a P.I. firm, then add in a bunch of sexy soccer moms, official sponsorship from Glock, a lying boss, and delusions of grandeur? This week's show. [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?d=yIl2AUoC8zA)](http://feeds.t hisamericanlife.org/~ff/talpodcast?a=JjradcZEgqw:PutJi_Peq-0:yIl2AUoC8zA) [![] (http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?i=JjradcZEgqw:PutJi_Peq-0:F7zBnMyn 0Lo)](http://feeds.thisamericanlife.org/~ff/talpodcast?a=JjradcZEgqw:PutJi_Peq -0:F7zBnMyn0Lo) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?d=7Q72WNTAKBA) ](http://feeds.thisamericanlife.org/~ff/talpodcast?a=JjradcZEgqw:PutJi_Peq-0:7 Q72WNTAKBA) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?i=JjradcZEgqw:PutJ i_Peq-0:V_sGLiPBpWU)](http://feeds.thisamericanlife.org/~ff/talpodcast?a=Jjrad cZEgqw:PutJi_Peq-0:V_sGLiPBpWU) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcas t?d=qj6IDK7rITs)](http://feeds.thisamericanlife.org/~ff/talpodcast?a=JjradcZEg qw:PutJi_Peq-0:qj6IDK7rITs) [![](http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/talpodcast?i= JjradcZEgqw:PutJi_Peq-0:gIN9vFwOqvQ)](http://feeds.thisamericanlife.org/~ff/ta …
352 #352: The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar Sept. 10, 2012
In 1912 a four year-old boy named Bobby Dunbar went missing in a swamp in Louisiana. Eight months later, he was found in the hands of a wandering handyman in Mississippi (the picture at left was taken just days later). Reporter Tal McThenia co-authored a book about the Bobby Dunbar …
361 #361: Fear of Sleep Sept. 3, 2012
Mike Birbiglia got used to strange things happening to him when he slept—until something happened that almost killed him (Mike's story is now a feature film, Sleepwalk With Me). This and other reasons to fear sleep, including bedbugs, "The Shining," and mild-mannered husbands who turn into maniacs while asleep.<div …
473 #473: Loopholes Aug. 27, 2012
Only the clever need apply. This week, stories of people acting on a technicality in the face of some of life's toughest regulators: financial regulators, parents and God. <a …
472 #472: Our Friend David Aug. 20, 2012
Favorite stories by our longtime contributor and friend David Rakoff. Note that the podcast and streaming versions contain unbeeped words that could not play on radio. <img border="0" …
443 #443: Amusement Park July 23, 2012
We head to some of the happiest places on Earth: Amusement Parks! Jonathan Goldstein revisits one he worked at as a teen, Ira takes us behind the scenes at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, where the staff so loves their jobs they make music videos and other …
289 #289: Go Ask Your Father June 18, 2012
In this show, sons and daughters get to find out the one thing they've always wanted to know about their father. The answers aren't always what they hope for. …
466 #466: Blackjack June 11, 2012
Stories about the casino game everyone thinks they can beat. In one, a woman gambles away her inheritance and then sues the casino, saying they're to blame. In another, Christians join forces to take down casinos &mdash; by becoming professional card-counting blackjack players. Plus: MIT Blackjack Team member Andy …