This American Life

This American Life

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Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show "This American Life." First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. In mp3 and updated Mondays.

Episodes

#603: Once More, With Feeling  

Stories of people who decide to rethink the way they’ve been doing things... or try to get others to do that. Including the story of a veteran who finds a new way to talk about war. BEEPED VERSION

#571: The Heart Wants What It Wants  

Emily Dickenson said “The heart wants what it wants.” This week stories from people who take that notion to extremes, and are unapologetic about it.

#334: Duty Calls  

Josh's mother and younger brother were a mess. His mother drank too much. His brother got arrested a lot. Josh hadn't lived with them since he was nine, and they didn't play much of a role in his daily life—until duty called, and they took over his life.

Josh told the sequel to this story at our live show in 2014.

#602: The Sun Comes Up  

People around the country talking about the coming four years. Some of them exultant, some of them, as President Obama said Wednesday, "less so."

#601: Master of Her Domain… Name  

A story about Hillary Clinton that offers a different picture than what we’ve been hearing from both sides during this campaign. And some funny stuff, because everyone’s tired of the election.

#600: Will I Know Anyone at This Party?  

This week: Republicans struggling with the split in their own party.

#600: Will I Know Anyone at This Party?  

Right now a lot of Republicans feel like they don’t recognize their own party. This week, we try to get inside their heads.

#599: Seriously?  

Watching lies become the truth in this year's election. And a few people who try to bridge the gap between the way the two sides see the facts.

#599: Seriously?  

Watching lies become the truth in this year's election. And a few people who try to bridge the gap between the way the two sides see the facts.

#502: This Call May Be Recorded... To Save Your Life  

A journalist named Meron Estefanos gets a disturbing tip. She's given a phone number that supposedly belongs to a group of refugees being held hostage in the Sinai desert. She dials the number, and soon dozens of strangers are begging her to rescue them. How can she ignore them?

#502: This Call May Be Recorded... To Save Your Life  

A journalist named Meron Estefanos gets a disturbing tip. She's given a phone number that supposedly belongs to a group of refugees being held hostage in the Sinai desert. She dials the number, and soon dozens of strangers are begging her to rescue them. How can she ignore them?

#598: My Undesirable Talent  

San Francisco’s Spider-Man burglar was remarkable. He dropped into buildings from skylights, leapt 10 feet from one roof to another. But mostly, his talent got him into trouble. This week, his story, and stories of other undesirable talents.

#598: My Undesirable Talent  

San Francisco’s Spider-Man burglar was remarkable. He dropped into buildings from skylights, leapt 10 feet from one roof to another. But mostly, his talent got him into trouble. This week, his story, and stories of other undesirable talents.

#597: One Last Thing Before I Go  

Words can seem so puny and ineffective sometimes. On this show, we have stories in which ordinary people make last ditch efforts to get through to their loved ones, using a combination of small talk and not-so-small talk.

#562: The Problem We All Live With  

Right now, all sorts of people are trying to rethink and reinvent education, to get poor minority kids performing as well as white kids. But there's one thing nobody tries anymore, despite lots of evidence that it works: desegregation. Nikole Hannah-Jones looks at a district that, not long ago, accidentally launched a desegregation program.

#596: Becoming a Badger  

This week, stories about people trying their best to turn themselves into something else—like a badger. Or a professional comedian, in a language they didn’t grow up speaking.

#567: What’s Going On In There?  

Often we see someone’s situation from the outside and think we know exactly what’s going on. This week we get inside and find out just how much more interesting the reality of it is. Including a teenaged girl who records a remarkable story about the boyfriend who abuses her, and why it’s so hard to break up with him. Here are the videos by Bianca Giaever mentioned in the episode.

#595: Deep End of the Pool  

What do you do when you're thrown into a situation you’re not prepared for? And while you’re flailing around—what happens to the people who depend on you? This week we present stories of people who find themselves in over their heads, including an attorney who knows little about criminal law assigned to defend a young man facing twenty years in prison. ANNOTATED COURT DOCUMENT

#447: The Incredible Case of the P.I. Moms  

What do you get when you take a private investigation firm, toss in a bunch of sexy soccer moms, then add official sponsorship from Glock firearms, a lying boss, and delusions of grandeur? This week's show. That's what you get.

Pete Crooks' original article and book about the P.I. Moms.

#594: My Summer Self  

Summer is a time when change seems more possible than ever. But is that really how it happens? Can people actually reinvent themselves in the warmer months? This week we present stories — and some comedy — about people and their summer selves.

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