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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, 50 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.

    712: Nice White Parents

    712: Nice White Parents

    Years ago, producer Chana Joffe-Walt started reporting on one school in New York. She thought the story was about segregation and inequality in public schools. But the more she looked into it, the more she realized she was witnessing something else. She was seeing the inordinate power of white parents at this school. This is the first episode of Chana’s new mini-series: Nice White Parents. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    443: Amusement Park

    443: Amusement Park

    This week, we celebrate pre-coronavirus summertime fun: at amusement parks! Ira Glass takes us behind the scenes at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, where the young staff – coached by a funny, fun-loving boss just a little older than they are – truly seem to love their jobs.  

    • 1 hr
    711: How to Be Alone

    711: How to Be Alone

    In space, in the ocean, by ourselves, or with others—we’re all just figuring out how to be apart.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    710: Umbrellas Down

    710: Umbrellas Down

    As China's new national security law tightens its control over Hong Kong, we return to our episode about last fall's anti-government protests and check in to see how people are responding.

    • 1 hr 13 min
    709: The Reprieve

    709: The Reprieve

    Michigan has passed its Covid-19 peak, and the state has started opening up. But it’s still been intensely difficult for the staff in the ICU at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. We've embedded with them over the past few months, and tracked how this pandemic has changed them and their city.

    • 1 hr 18 min
    708: Here, Again

    708: Here, Again

    An exhaustingly familiar story. Maybe it’ll have a different ending this time, but maybe not. We hear what different people said and did one weekend in reaction to the killing of George Floyd.

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
50 Ratings

50 Ratings

RadNomad ,

Fascinating Sleuthing into the American Mind

These guys pick apart claims, beliefs, questions, and unwritten rules and dig out some truth, managing to raise plenty of new questions in the process.

Bing Sheng ,

One of the best podcast

If you only have time to listen to only one podcast, you should listen to This American Life. Don't worry if you are not from USA, the reporting are still revelant. I love the stories and audio quality. An additional bonus is that the espiodes are uploaded regularly every Monday

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