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This American Life

Rank #2 in Personal Journals category

News & Politics
Personal Journals
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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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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.

iTunes Ratings

47800 Ratings
Average Ratings
39554
3861
1789
1118
1478

The OG just continues to get better!

By Noellematthews - Feb 05 2019
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I’m obsessed with all things TAL. I only wish they put out more content!!!

Best pod ever?

By The Rach '80 - Jan 27 2019
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Long time fan of this show, I can’t get enough!

iTunes Ratings

47800 Ratings
Average Ratings
39554
3861
1789
1118
1478

The OG just continues to get better!

By Noellematthews - Feb 05 2019
Read more

I’m obsessed with all things TAL. I only wish they put out more content!!!

Best pod ever?

By The Rach '80 - Jan 27 2019
Read more

Long time fan of this show, I can’t get enough!

Cover image of This American Life

This American Life

Rank #2 in Personal Journals category

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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.

Top Episodes

Most Popular Episodes of This American Life

Rank #1: 492: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde

Nov 25 2018
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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 becomes. Everyone loved the old Dr. Gilmer. So Benjamin starts digging around, trying to understand how a good man can seemingly turn bad.

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Rank #2: 479: Little War on the Prairie

Dec 02 2018
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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 a war with white settlers. John went back to Minnesota to figure out what really happened 150 years ago, and why Minnesotans didn’t talk about it much after.

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Rank #3: 204: 81 Words

Dec 16 2018
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The story of how the American Psychiatric Association decided in 1973 that homosexuality was no longer a mental illness.

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Rank #4: 351: Return to Childhood

Oct 28 2018
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Stories of people who try to revisit their childhoods—what they find and what they do not find.

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Rank #5: 528: The Radio Drama Episode

Oct 21 2018
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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 album), into opera. Mike Birbiglia, Sasheer Zamata, Stephin Merritt, Josh Hamilton, Lindsay Mendez, Lin-Manuel Miranda and others. Watch a video of the live performance or download it for $5.

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Rank #6: 664: The Room of Requirement

Dec 30 2018
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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 roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just happen to be exactly what they required. 

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Rank #7: 663: How I Read It

Dec 09 2018
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Documents you don't normally think of, showing you things you didn't expect. 

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Rank #8: 660: Hoaxing Yourself

Nov 04 2018
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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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Rank #9: 658: The Unhappy Deciders

Oct 07 2018
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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. Among her discoveries: Those protestors in the elevator? They aren’t the reason he did what he did. 

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Rank #10: 659: Before the Next One

Oct 14 2018
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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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Rank #11: 47: Christmas and Commerce

Dec 23 2018
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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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Rank #12: 661: But That's What Happened

Nov 11 2018
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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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Rank #13: 662: Where There Is a Will

Nov 18 2018
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Stories of people who believe there is always a way. And also those who don’t.

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Rank #14: 657: The Runaways

Sep 23 2018
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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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Rank #15: 656: Let Me Count the Ways

Sep 16 2018
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Yes, youʼve heard about the family separations. Youʼve 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 doesnʼt make headlines. This week, the quiet bureaucratic war that’s even targeting legal immigrants.

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Rank #16: 655: The Not-So-Great Unknown

Aug 26 2018
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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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Rank #17: 667: Wartime Radio

Feb 03 2019
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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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Rank #18: 638: Rom-Com

Jan 27 2019
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The one thing you know for sure when you're watching a romantic comedy is that it's going to turn out okay in the end. When you're living one? Not so much. This week, stories that unfold like rom-coms.

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Rank #19: 666: The Theme That Shall Not Be Named

Jan 20 2019
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Satan! In his many surprising manifestations, all around us.

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Rank #20: 665: Before Things Went to Hell

Jan 13 2019
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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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Rank #1: 492: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde

Podcast cover
Read more

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 becomes. Everyone loved the old Dr. Gilmer. So Benjamin starts digging around, trying to understand how a good man can seemingly turn bad.

Nov 25 2018
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #2: 479: Little War on the Prairie

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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 a war with white settlers. John went back to Minnesota to figure out what really happened 150 years ago, and why Minnesotans didn’t talk about it much after.

Dec 02 2018
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #3: 204: 81 Words

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

Dec 16 2018
59 mins
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Rank #4: 351: Return to Childhood

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

Oct 28 2018
59 mins
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Rank #5: 528: The Radio Drama Episode

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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 album), into opera. Mike Birbiglia, Sasheer Zamata, Stephin Merritt, Josh Hamilton, Lindsay Mendez, Lin-Manuel Miranda and others. Watch a video of the live performance or download it for $5.

Oct 21 2018
1 hour 27 mins
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Rank #6: 664: The Room of Requirement

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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 roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just happen to be exactly what they required. 

Dec 30 2018
Play Now

Rank #7: 663: How I Read It

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

Dec 09 2018
Play Now

Rank #8: 660: Hoaxing Yourself

Podcast cover
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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.

Nov 04 2018
Play Now

Rank #9: 658: The Unhappy Deciders

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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. Among her discoveries: Those protestors in the elevator? They aren’t the reason he did what he did. 

Oct 07 2018
Play Now

Rank #10: 659: Before the Next One

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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.

Oct 14 2018
Play Now

Rank #11: 47: Christmas and Commerce

Podcast cover
Read more

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.

Dec 23 2018
59 mins
Play Now

Rank #12: 661: But That's What Happened

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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.

Nov 11 2018
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Rank #13: 662: Where There Is a Will

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

Nov 18 2018
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Rank #14: 657: The Runaways

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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.

Sep 23 2018
Play Now

Rank #15: 656: Let Me Count the Ways

Podcast cover
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Yes, youʼve heard about the family separations. Youʼve 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 doesnʼt make headlines. This week, the quiet bureaucratic war that’s even targeting legal immigrants.

Sep 16 2018
Play Now

Rank #16: 655: The Not-So-Great Unknown

Podcast cover
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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.

Aug 26 2018
Play Now

Rank #17: 667: Wartime Radio

Podcast cover
Read more

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.)

Feb 03 2019
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #18: 638: Rom-Com

Podcast cover
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The one thing you know for sure when you're watching a romantic comedy is that it's going to turn out okay in the end. When you're living one? Not so much. This week, stories that unfold like rom-coms.

Jan 27 2019
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #19: 666: The Theme That Shall Not Be Named

Podcast cover
Read more

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

Jan 20 2019
1 hour 5 mins
Play Now

Rank #20: 665: Before Things Went to Hell

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

Jan 13 2019
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