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.
720: The Moment After This Moment
Stories about people who are worried — or not worried enough! — about what's hurtling unstoppably towards them.
668: The Long Fuse
People tossing words out into the world impulsively, to ignite and burn over decades.
719: Trust Me I’m a Doctor
A doctor who breaks the law might go to jail like anybody else. But who decides if that doctor gets to keep their medical license? On today’s show, the not-often-talked-about realm of licensing boards, and the disturbing decisions they sometimes make.
718: Same Bed, Different Dreams
In this moment when our country is so deeply divided, we have stories of people who are tied together, but imagine radically different futures. In one case, a movie star and her ex-husband plot against Kim Jong-Il. In another, a woman stalks her doppelgänger. And sometimes, one bed is the basis for an entire relationship, even for a man who almost never sees the person who shares his bed.
717: Audience of One
At a time when going to the movies is mostly out of the question, we bring the movies to you.
716: Trail of Tears
For the holiday weekend, a roadtrip through history. In this moment when Americans are tearing down monuments and rethinking how to address the shameful parts of America’s past, we return to a story from the early days of our radio show that took that on, in a vivid and complicated way. Sarah Vowell and her twin sister Amy headed out on the road to retrace the Trail of Tears – the route their Cherokee ancestors took when expelled from their own land – and reflected on the question, what are we supposed to do with the mix of good and bad that is this country?
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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.