188 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 • 73.1K 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.

    739: Sisters

    739: Sisters

    Sisters build worlds together, worlds that are just for them. Stories about the bonds between sisters and how they get broken and fixed—or not.

    • 59 min
    74: Conventions

    74: Conventions

    Remember conventions, before the pandemic? When people with one common interest gather in monstrous, fluorescent-lit halls for the weekend. Sometimes they drive each other crazy, sometimes they fall in love.

    • 59 min
    738: Good Grief!

    738: Good Grief!

    So many of us, we don’t want to think about death. We avoid grieving when we lose someone, distract ourselves, look away. In this episode, at a moment when so many families are mourning, we have stories of people figuring out how they’ll grieve, and doing a pretty good job of it.

    • 59 min
    706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With

    706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With

    Lissa Yellow Bird searches for missing people. Cold cases, mostly. People no one else is looking for. It’s not her job, but a lot of Native Americans go missing and their cases remain unsolved, so families often ask Lissa for help. But then, Lissa’s own niece goes missing. 

    • 1 hr 5 min
    737: The Daily

    737: The Daily

    An ode to life's daily practices, and what you learn from doing a thing every single day.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    736: The Herd

    736: The Herd

    What happens when your own community suddenly turns on you?

    • 1 hr

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
73.1K Ratings

73.1K Ratings

OliviaaaC ,

Best stories, created with empathy

The best mix of entertainment, learning, and kindness. This is the podcast that I recommend to literally everyone!

Rebecca.riot ,

Still great after all these years

For those who want to trash talk this show, maybe work on making a better world to tell stories about and we all wouldn’t have to keep talking about politics, the virus, and how both have disrupted our lives. If your feelings are hurt, maybe it’s because the truth hurts, and it’s time to sit and be humble and self reflective for a while.
I will always love this show for its honest storytelling, and the respect and care with which they treat the people they interview, and their curious approach to the lives we all lead. Ira and the crew he’s surrounded himself with are endearing. Nothing and no one is perfect, and this show is no exception, but it’s humble whimsy is delightful and poignant.

AngelaCRN ,

A true gem!

I have been listening to this podcast since the beginning. I even have a double cassette tape of favorite episodes that I got as a gift for donating to NPR. “The Apology Line” is on it and it is such a powerful episode, I’m not sure if it is available in the archives. The other episode that left a big impact on me is “Conventions”. Specifically the story told by John Perry Barlow.... I listened to it when it was first released years ago. His story is something that has stayed with me for years. I was thrilled that this episode was replayed this week. I just love this podcast so much, thank you Ira!!!

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