18 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.

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    • 4.6 • 216 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.

    682: Ten Sessions

    682: Ten Sessions

    What if someone told you about a type of therapy that could help you work through unhealed trauma in just ten sessions? Some people knock through it in two weeks. Jaime Lowe tried the therapy—and recorded it.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Americans In Paris

    Americans In Paris

    For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2000. 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?

    • 59 min
    24 Hours at the Golden Apple

    24 Hours at the Golden Apple

    For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2000. We document one day in a Chicago diner called the Golden Apple, starting at 5 a.m. and going until 5 a.m. the next morning. We hear from the waitress who has worked the graveyard shift for over two decades, the regular customers who come every day, the couples working out their problems, assorted drunks, and, of course, cops.

    • 58 min
    Act V

    Act V

    For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2002. We devote this entire episode to one story: Over the course of six months, reporter and This American Life contributor Jack Hitt followed a group of inmates at a high-security prison as they rehearsed and staged a production of the last act—Act V—of Hamlet.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Break-Up

    Break-Up

    For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2007. Writer Starlee Kine on what makes the perfect break-up song and whether really sad music can actually make you feel better. Plus, an eight-year-old author of a book about divorce, and other stories from the heart of heartbreak.

    • 1 hr
    Switched at Birth

    Switched at Birth

    For our 25th Anniversary, a favorite episode from 2008. On a summer day in 1951, two baby girls were born in a hospital in small-town Wisconsin. The infants were accidentally switched, and went home with the wrong families. One of the mothers realized the mistake but chose to keep quiet. Until the day, more than 40 years later, when she decided to tell both daughters what happened. How the truth changed two families' lives—and how it didn't.

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
216 Ratings

216 Ratings

Robyn in France ,

My Favorite

This will always be my very favorite podcast. I used to listen to it on an actual radio when I lived in NYC before smart phones.

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American in Paris

Gosh. Our Paris is so much more wonderful than the David Sedaris’s of the world seem to have experienced. Tourist for life David ? Oh TAL you could have done ever so much better. :(

an américain in paris

moromotard ,

American Life from abroad

I came to France a year ago ; this program keeps me in touch with some of the real American population, it’s challenges, hi’s and lows. It really focuses the mind for the whole of the particular episode. Thanks for that.

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