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
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.
754: Spark Bird
This bird-focused week, stories about birds and the hearts they sway, the havoc they wreak, the lives they change.
660: Hoaxing Yourself
People who tell a lie and then believe the lie more than anyone else.
753: What We’ve Got Here is Failure to Communicate
Getting the point across — or trying to, anyway.
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.
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.
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
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...
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.