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This American Life

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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605: Kid Logic

Kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions.


15 May 2022

Rank #1

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770: My Lying Eyes

People staring squarely at the truth, and still finding it hard to believe what they’re seeing.

1hr 6mins

8 May 2022

Rank #2

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769: The Reluctant Explorer

A man finds himself thrust into a new world he didn’t necessarily ask to visit. He takes a look around.


1 May 2022

Rank #3

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768: The Other Front Lines

Four personal stories from the war in Ukraine.

1hr 3mins

24 Apr 2022

Rank #4

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767: Do Not Go Gentle

In this moment when autocrats and almost-autocrats are getting bolder and more powerful, we bring you two stories of resistance, from Hungary and Russia.


10 Apr 2022

Rank #5

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766: Well Someone Had to Do SOMETHING!

People trying to jump in and solve other people's problems, putting themselves directly in the gap between the problem and the solution.


3 Apr 2022

Rank #6

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765: Off Course

Three people, and one animal, who know the path their lives will take until, suddenly, they don’t.

1hr 6mins

20 Mar 2022

Rank #7

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764: School's Out Forever

The pandemic broke school. Can we ever go back?

1hr 8mins

13 Mar 2022

Rank #8

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763: The Other Mr. President

Stories about Vladimir Putin. Did he come to power in 1999 by killing hundreds of innocent Russians? How’s he really seen in his home country? This show is a mix of old and new stories we’ve done about him.

1hr 11mins

27 Feb 2022

Rank #9

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762: Apocalypse Creep

A woman wakes up and discovers her backyard has disappeared, and other stories from places slowly coming apart.

1hr 2mins

13 Feb 2022

Rank #10