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.
Why we tell them, and what happens after we do.
731: What Lies Beneath
Stories of people summoning up stuff that’s usually hidden down deep.
670: Beware the Jabberwock
Stories from the upside-down world where conspiracy theorists dwell.
489: No Coincidence, No Story!
We asked listeners to send us their best coincidence stories, and we got more than 1,300 submissions! There were so many good ones we decided to make a whole show about them. From a chance encounter at a bus station to a romantic dollar bill to a baffling apparition in a college shower stall.
730: The Empty Chair
Things we’ve lost in the past year — since the first American coronavirus case — that we haven’t talked about so much. Gossip. The chance to make new friends. And much larger stuff.
729: Making the Cut
There's always someone whose job it is to decide if you measure up.
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Best Podcast Ever!
This American Life is simply the best - and this is grossly understated! One theme, different stories about it... eloquently and professionally produced and delivered ... it’s just the best!
Denis, Nairobi, Kenya