186 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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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 432 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.

    755: The Convert

    755: The Convert

    In 2006, a new convert showed up at a mosque in Orange County, California. Known as Farouk al-Aziz, the convert was actually an FBI informant named Craig Monteilh. That informant’s infiltration of the mosque is at the heart of FBI v Fazaga, a case heard at the Supreme Court last month. We return to our episode from 2012, which tells the story behind it.

    • 1 hr 1 min
    754: Spark Bird

    754: Spark Bird

    This bird-focused week, stories about birds and the hearts they sway, the havoc they wreak, the lives they change.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    660: Hoaxing Yourself

    660: Hoaxing Yourself

    People who tell a lie and then believe the lie more than anyone else. 

    • 58 min
    753: What We’ve Got Here is Failure to Communicate

    753: What We’ve Got Here is Failure to Communicate

    Getting the point across — or trying to, anyway.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    752: An Invitation to Tea

    752: An Invitation to Tea

    A man who was imprisoned for 14 years in Guantanamo Bay, without charges, gets out and issues an invitation to all the people who kept him there. Amazingly, three of them agree to talk.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    751: Audience of One

    751: Audience of One

    In a world where a virus spreads across the country and most people are not going to movie theaters, we bring the movies to you.

    • 1 hr 11 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
432 Ratings

432 Ratings

MileBuiochas ,

An oasis of interest in a world of banal

This show is so grounding and reassuring. To know that people still think critically, have humor, put effort in to creative works and are willing observers open to different viewpoints is a complete gift to me. Thank you for making it, please never stop. 10/10

Artaneboy ,

Wonderful show

This is a consistently excellent and eclectic podcast. While it has a ‘liberal’ thread in its interests- which I’d broadly support, it’s never partisan or unfair in its reportage or opinions. Long may it run...

Bellebig ,

Or so I thought

I love this show. It has led me on to many other podcasts that I also love. However I was blown away by the live show in Brooklyn which I watched on their website, rather than listened too. Ira Glass brings stories to life, in a way I don't understand. He's a magical story teller.

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