10 episodes

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.

This American Life This American Life

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 6.1K 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.

    785: Through the Looking Glass

    785: Through the Looking Glass

    People trying to coax each other across the line, from one side to the other.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    351: Return to Childhood

    351: Return to Childhood

    People who try to revisit their childhoods—what they find and what they do not find.

    • 59 min
    732: Secrets

    732: Secrets

    Why we tell them, and what happens after we do.

    • 1 hr
    784: Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map

    784: Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map

    Not long ago, Republicans in Ohio passed a constitutional amendment to end gerrymandering in the state. And then a funny thing happened. The same Ohio Republicans drew electoral maps that violated their own constitutional amendment. They’ll be using them in this week’s midterm elections. We try to understand how that could happen.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    783: Kids These Days

    783: Kids These Days

    We hear from kids who are dealing with some of the country’s most contentious debates. Debates that are supposedly about them.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    782: Family Dig

    782: Family Dig

    Two people go on excavations of their families’ pasts. Including the first episode of the new podcast, “We Were Three,” hosted by our longtime producer, Nancy Updike, and from Serial Productions and The New York Times.

    • 1 hr 2 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
6.1K Ratings

6.1K Ratings

hannah9999999 ,

Amazing storytelling

I have been listening to This American Life fairly religiously for the last few years, and it truly never disappoints. I love the interesting themes, and how they weave the stories together. Most importantly though, Ira Glass and all the other hosts, are so easy to listen to.

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The best!

Great show

YYJ_fan ,

This American Life

Simply the gold standard of podcasts.

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