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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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    • 4.6, 5.1K Ratings

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.

    710: Umbrellas Down

    710: Umbrellas Down

    As China's new national security law tightens its control over Hong Kong, we return to our episode about last fall's anti-government protests and check in to see how people are responding.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    513: 129 Cars

    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.

    • 1 hr 15 min
    709: The Reprieve

    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.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    684: Burn It Down

    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's the story of a fire department that gets a new boss who starts a war with his own firefighters, to change their macho, racist culture. They fight back hard.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    708: Here, Again

    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 weekend in reaction to the killing of George Floyd.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    707: We Are in the Future

    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.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5.1K Ratings

5.1K Ratings

kipling12305 ,

Top notch story telling & journalism

I love how the stories are told in this podcast, and I like that there are breaks or sections within a story, or alternatively, multiple stories about the same subject in each podcast episode. It makes the entire podcast easier to listen to I think.

Box272 ,

Serial repeater

This will disappoint your Monday mornings if you like new content. Only about once a month there’s a new episode, everything else is re-runs. They should probably change it to a monthly podcast.

Jillian~K ,

Very, very good

This podcast is an example of doing something with PASSION and with EXCELLENCE. It is thought provoking, full of variety, and informative.

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