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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.

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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.

    654: The Feather Heist

    654: The Feather Heist

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

    • 1 hr 5 min
    691: Gardens of Branching Paths

    691: Gardens of Branching Paths

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

    • 1 hr 6 min
    667: Wartime Radio

    667: Wartime Radio

    Intimate and personal dispatches from two very different battlefields: A small town in the Syrian war. And the U.S. opioid epidemic. Each came from a DIY radio outfit. (Okay, one’s a podcast.)

    • 1 hr 6 min
    690: Too Close to Home

    690: Too Close to Home

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

    • 59 min
    689: Digging Up the Bones

    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 min
    688: The Out Crowd

    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. 

    • 1 hr 7 min

Customer Reviews

magrathea! ,

Globally applicable

This American Life explores themes and values that are applicable anywhere in the world, not just America. Really, it’s a podcast about people and their stories, and how they tie in to the larger forces that shape our world. Highly recommend.

Papalotta ,

My fave podcast

I just adore this show. It’s my regular companion as I walk my dog along the beach here in Australia.
Such amazing stories to get lost in. Inspiring fascinating always thought provoking. And Ira’s dulcet tones are like butter melting on whole-wheat toast. Thank you for making such an amazing show.

Miss Hijinx ,

Fascinating & Insightful

TAL encourages my curiosity & promotes my interest in all subject matter. I have an inherent drive to always learn a solid foundation of knowledge on an infinite amount of subjects that interest me , cross my path or impact my life.

Researched with diligence & thoughtfully curated each episode is an enjoyable educational opportunity. They can contain concepts that we are aware of, but yet rarely spoken about. Topics that once excavated can trigger deep reflection. The exposure to human thought & behaviour provides fascinating insights.

A well produced show that walks you down the complexities & colour of life.

Highly recommended ! 9/10

Suggestions :

It would be nice to have more episodes available on the Apple podcast app not just the website - as mentioned in other reviews. Though I too would appreciate more on subjects that have a cross cultural, international appeal, listeners must acknowledge the show is called ‘This American Life’. Perhaps you should franchise this show’s concept & promote the creation of others like : ‘This Australian Life’.

Food for thought.

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