This American Life

Built around the innovative vision of Ira Glass, this program documents and describes contemporary America. Using radio monologues, mini-documentaries, “found tape,” and unusual music, it is radio storytelling at its best.

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LATEST SHOW | Saturday, December 13, 2014

Wait - Do You Have The Map?

Stories about people feeling lost and trying to figure out how to move ahead: two brothers take a doomed road trip through through Mexico and a couple from radically different backgrounds draw up a contract for their unlikely romance.

Friday, December 05, 2014

Regrets, I've Had A Few

Every day we make mistakes, and most of the time we just ignore these failings and move forward. But every so often, there is one that makes us pause and take notice.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

This American Life: A Front

Stories about people and places that are fronting in order to hide the truth. We visit a bizarre store in Milwaukee called Fearless Distributing, government checkpoints scattered on highways out west, and a badass grandma in Malaysia.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

This American Life: 129 Cars

We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Islandas they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they'll get a huge bonus from the manufacturer, possibly as high as $85,000 — enough to put them in the black for the month.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

This American Life: The Leap

This week, stories of people who leap from their lives, their comfort zones…even through time.

Saturday, November 01, 2014

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This American Life: My Pen Pal

Stories of very unusual pen pals, people whose relationship could not exist without the help of the postal service. 12 p.m. Thursday on the News Station.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

This American Life: It Says So Right Here

Everyone knows you can't always believe what you read, but sometimes even official documents aren't a path to the truth.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

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This American Life: Is This Working?

Stories of schools struggling with what to do with misbehaving kids.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

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This American Life: Secret Identity

A bank robber on an undercover mission. A teenage girl with the powers of a tiger. A vigilante seeking vengeance in Ciudad Juarez. All have secret identities. But not all of them chose those identities for themselves.

Friday, October 03, 2014

This American Life: The Alibi

Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a bright teenager disappears after school one day. Six weeks later her ex-boyfriend Adnan Syed is arrested for her murder.