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.
506: Secret Identity
A bank robber on an undercover mission. A teenage girl with the powers of a tiger. A vigilante seeking vengeance in Ciudad Juarez. All have secret identities. But not all of them chose those identities for themselves.
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.
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.
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.
737: The Daily
An ode to life's daily practices, and what you learn from doing a thing every single day.
736: The Herd
What happens when your own community suddenly turns on you?
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Best stories, created with empathy
The best mix of entertainment, learning, and kindness. This is the podcast that I recommend to literally everyone!
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.