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, September 20, 2014

This American Life: Origin Story

This week we bring you little-known and surprising stories of how all sorts of institutions—from a controversial legal precedent to a Hollywood teen dance flick—began.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

This American Life: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde

Dr. Benjamin Gilmer (left) gets a job at a rural clinic. He finds out he’s replaced someone — also named Dr. Gilmer (picture) — who went to prison after killing his own father.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

This American Life: Magic Words

When Jonathan Goldstein was a kid, his father gave him a book that promised to teach you how to shoot mental laser beams, move solid objects with your mind, make others obey your command – all through the use of mental power and magic words.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

This American Life: Mind Your Own Business

Stories of meddling, snooping, and just getting way, way up in other people's business.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

This American Life: 20 Acts In 60 Minutes

Instead of the usual "each week we choose a theme, and bring you 3 or 4 stories on that theme" business, we throw all that away and bring you 20 stories — yes, 20 — in 60 minutes.

Friday, June 27, 2014

This American Life: The Radio Drama Episode

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.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

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This American Life: 180 Degrees

Flipflops, u-turns, changes of heart, about faces. Completely changing our position — sometimes it can be our best move, sometimes it can be our worst.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

This American Life: Kindness Of Strangers

Stories of the kindness of strangers and where it leads. Also, the unkindness of strangers and where that can lead. All of today's stories take place in the city most people think of as the least kind city in America: New York.

Saturday, May 24, 2014

This American Life: Is That What I Look Like?

There's how you see yourself. And there's how the rest of the world sees you. Sometimes those two do not match up.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

This American Life: Americans In Paris

Many Americans have dreamy and romantic ideas about Paris, notions which probably trace back to the 1920s vision of Paris created by the expatriate Americans there. But what's it actually like in Paris if you're an American, sans rose-colored glasses