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This American Life

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Rank #3 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.

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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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One of my favorite shows

By Densmon - Apr 02 2019
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I love the show but I can’t stand Zoey’s voice when she reports on a story, it makes me tense

Wooohooo!!!!

By Cardinal 55 - Apr 02 2019
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I’ve listened to this American life since 2009. The show is entertaining and such a positive force!

iTunes Ratings

50019 Ratings
Average Ratings
41242
4120
1908
1191
1558

One of my favorite shows

By Densmon - Apr 02 2019
Read more

I love the show but I can’t stand Zoey’s voice when she reports on a story, it makes me tense

Wooohooo!!!!

By Cardinal 55 - Apr 02 2019
Read more

I’ve listened to this American life since 2009. The show is entertaining and such a positive force!

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This American Life

Updated about 1 month ago

Rank #3 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.

Rank #1: 641: The Walls

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Stories from border walls around the world, where one place ends and another begins. And the strange ecosystems that arise.

Jan 06 2019
1 hour 14 mins
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Rank #2: 492: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde

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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.

Nov 25 2018
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #3: 638: Rom-Com

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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 #4: 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 #5: 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 #6: 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 #7: 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 #8: 486: Valentine’s Day

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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.

Feb 10 2019
1 hour
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Rank #9: 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
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Rank #10: 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
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Rank #11: 667: Wartime Radio

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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.)

Feb 03 2019
1 hour 6 mins
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Rank #12: 660: Hoaxing Yourself

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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
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Rank #13: 47: Christmas and Commerce

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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.

Dec 23 2018
59 mins
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Rank #14: 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
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #15: 665: Before Things Went to Hell

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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
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #16: 666: The Theme That Shall Not Be Named

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

Jan 20 2019
1 hour 4 mins
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Rank #17: 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
1 hour 3 mins
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Rank #18: 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
1 hour
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Rank #19: 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
1 hour 2 mins
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Rank #20: 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
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