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http://www.thisamericanlife.org
Description
This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 1.5 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.
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-06-17 01:44
last episode published
2019-06-16 18:00
publication frequency
7.05 days
Contributors
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Explicit
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Number of Episodes
140
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Categories
Society & Culture News & Politics Arts

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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
16.06.2019

677: Seeing Yourself In the Wild

Stories of those unexpected moments when we see who we really are.
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2.06.2019

676: Here’s Looking at You, Kid

Adults telling kids who they are, and kids wondering — are they right?
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26.05.2019

199: House on Loon Lake

A real-life Hardy Boys mystery. More than most of our shows, this one lends itself to a Hollywood-style tagline. Perhaps: "The House at Loon Lake: You Might Break In ... But You'll Never Forget." Or, "The House at Loon Lake: Dead Letters Tell No Tales....
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19.05.2019

675: I’m on TV??

What it's like to be momentarily big on the small screen. 
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12.05.2019

674: Get a Spine!

Stories of people standing up for themselves, shaking off their fear, bracing themselves, and doing what they’ve been scared to do.
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5.05.2019

172: 24 Hours at the Golden Apple

We document one day in a Chicago diner called the Golden Apple, starting at 5 a.m. and going until 5 a.m. the next morning. We hear from the waitress who has worked the graveyard shift for over two decades, the regular customers who come every day, the...
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28.04.2019

332: The Ten Commandments

Stories of people struggling to follow the Ten Commandments from the book of Exodus.
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21.04.2019

673: Left Behind

People figuring out how to move through a world in which something important has disappeared.
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14.04.2019

589: Tell Me I’m Fat

The way people talk about being fat is shifting. With one-third of Americans classified as overweight, and another third as obese, and almost none of us losing weight and keeping it off, maybe it’s time to rethink the way we see being fat. A show inspi...
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7.04.2019

672: No Fair!

Stories of very small injustices and also one very big one.
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31.03.2019

671: Anything Can Be Anything

People connecting the dots that maybe should not be connected.
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24.03.2019

616: I Am Not a Pirate

To be, or not to be a pirate? This week, that is the question. Hold fast, mateys! We have stories about both historical and modern-day swashbucklers who loot, pillage, and question their choices.
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17.03.2019

670: Beware the Jabberwock

Stories from the upside-down world where conspiracy theorists dwell.
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10.03.2019

317: Unconditional Love

Can love be taught? A family uses a controversial therapy to train their son to love them. And other stories about the hard and sometimes painful work of loving other people.
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3.03.2019

669: Scrambling to Get Off the Ice

The Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee may have to fight to protect Mueller's investigation and make his report public. Now that they’re in the majority, they have new tools they can use. Our producer Zoe Chace spent weeks behind the scenes wit...
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24.02.2019

419: Petty Tyrant

In Schenectady, New York, a school maintenance man named Steve Raucci works his way up the ranks for 30 years, until finally he's in charge of the maintenance department. That's when he starts messing with his employees. Teasing them at meetings. Punis...
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17.02.2019

668: The Long Fuse

People tossing words out into the world impulsively. And how they ignite and burn. Over decades.
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10.02.2019

486: Valentine’s Day

Love makes us do crazy things. But usually not this crazy. This week for Valentine's Day we have stories of people going to extremes to find and pursue their one true love.
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3.02.2019

667: Wartime Radio

Intimate and personal dispatches from two very different battlefields: A small town in the Syrian war. And the U.S. opioid epidemic. Each came from a DIY radio outfit. (Okay, one’s a podcast.)
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20.01.2019

666: The Theme That Shall Not Be Named

Satan! In his many surprising manifestations, all around us.
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13.01.2019

665: Before Things Went to Hell

We revisit those moments of calm before the storm, when things could have gone very differently, but instead, they went to hell.
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30.12.2018

664: The Room of Requirement

Libraries aren't just for books. They're often spaces that transform into what you need them to be: a classroom, a cyber café, a place to find answers, a quiet spot to be alone. It's actually kind of magical. This week, we have stories of people who ro...
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23.12.2018

47: Christmas and Commerce

Stories about the intersection of Christmas and retail, originally broadcast in 1996 when our show was only one year old. Including David Sedaris's story "Santaland Diaries," which first aired on NPR's Morning Edition in a much shorter version.
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16.12.2018

204: 81 Words

The story of how the American Psychiatric Association decided in 1973 that homosexuality was no longer a mental illness.
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9.12.2018

663: How I Read It

Documents you don't normally think of, showing you things you didn't expect. 
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2.12.2018

479: Little War on the Prairie

Growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, John Biewen says, nobody ever talked about the most important historical event ever to happen there: in 1862, it was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hanged after...
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25.11.2018

492: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Benjamin Gilmer gets a job at a rural clinic. He finds out he’s replaced someone — also named Dr. Gilmer — who went to prison after killing his own father. But the more Benjamin’s patients talk about the other Dr. Gilmer, the more confused he becom...
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18.11.2018

662: Where There Is a Will

Stories of people who believe there is always a way. And also those who don’t.
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11.11.2018

661: But That's What Happened

Stories of women in unsettling situations. When they try to explain what’s wrong, they’re told that they don’t understand—that there’s nothing unsettling about it.
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4.11.2018

660: Hoaxing Yourself

Stories of people who tell a lie and then believe the lie more than anyone else does. In other words: Stories about people pulling hoaxes...on themselves.
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28.10.2018

351: Return to Childhood

Stories of people who try to revisit their childhoods—what they find and what they do not find.
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21.10.2018

528: The Radio Drama Episode

Our most ambitious live show ever! We pulled together a massive team of theater pros at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House—nearly 50 singers, actors, dancers and musicians. The result? Journalism turned into a Broadway musical (hear the cast a...
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14.10.2018

659: Before the Next One

There’s no rulebook on how to handle a school shooting. And no real way to prepare for one. This week, people take what they’ve learned from these tragedies and try to use that knowledge to save others.
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7.10.2018

658: The Unhappy Deciders

Making big decisions about other people's lives can feel pretty awful. Zoe Chace followed Senator Jeff Flake as he decided to force the Senate to delay its vote on Judge Kavanaugh. And other stories.
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30.09.2018

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 baffl...
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23.09.2018

657: The Runaways

A bunch of teenagers go missing from a town in Long Island. For months, the police treat them as runaways, ignoring the kids' parents, who keep trying to tell them otherwise. They keep trying to tell them that something much worse might have happened.
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16.09.2018

656: Let Me Count the Ways

Yes, youĘĽve heard about the family separations. YouĘĽve heard about the travel ban. But there are dozens of ways the Trump administration is cracking down on immigration across many agencies, sometimes in ways so small and technical it doesnĘĽt make head...
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9.09.2018

402: Save the Day

Stories about one person single-handedly taking charge of a situation gone wrong—including one man's mission to rescue two kids who were kidnapped by alleged murderers and taken to Mexico, and another about a professor's mission to keep the educators o...
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2.09.2018

504: How I Got Into College

Students all over are starting college this month, and some of them still have a nagging question: what, exactly, got me in? An admissions officer tells us the most wrongheaded things applicants try. And Michael Lewis has the incredible story of how a ...
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26.08.2018

655: The Not-So-Great Unknown

What happens when unadventurous people end up in adventurous situations. Like an astronaut who goes to places no one has gone before, even though he’s not really into outer space.
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19.08.2018

508: Superpowers

We answer the following questions about superpowers: Can superheroes be real people? (No.) Can real people become superheroes? (Maybe.) And which is better: flight or invisibility? (Depends who you ask.) 
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12.08.2018

654: The Feather Heist

A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds. 
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5.08.2018

653: Crime Scene

Every crime scene hides a story. In this week's show, we hear about crime scenes and the stories they tell.
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29.07.2018

619: The Magic Show

Just a few years before he got the internship at NPR that started him in radio, our host Ira Glass had another career. He performed magic at children's birthday parties. A powerful sense of embarrassment has prevented him from ever doing an episode on ...
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22.07.2018

652: ICE Capades

Dispatches from a government agency in its tumultuous teenage years. 
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15.07.2018

651: If You Build It, Will They Come?

A young preacher opens a new church. A new restaurant reopens old wounds. This week, stories of people trying to build something that will last.
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8.07.2018

617: Fermi’s Paradox

Three people grapple with the question, “Are we alone?”
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1.07.2018

650: Change You Can Maybe Believe In

An innocent man forgives the cop who framed him. An Argentinian talk show that usually treats women as objects suddenly gets really interested in feminism. This week, stories about changes that seem too tidy to be true.
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24.06.2018

649: It's My Party and I'll Try If I Want To

Democrats are desperate to retake part of Congress. Their best shot is the House. This fall, they’ll be slugging it out with Republicans—but in the meantime, they’re slugging it out with each other. The progressive and moderate wings of the Democratic ...
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17.06.2018

560: Abdi and the Golden Ticket

A story about someone who's desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American. Abdi is a Somali refugee living in Kenya and gets the luckiest break of his life: he wins a lottery that puts him on a short li...
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