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, 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

Drawing by Alice Leora Briggs

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.

Friday, September 26, 2014

This American Life: The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra

An unprecedented look inside one of the most powerful, secretive institutions in the country. Rebroadcast at 12 p.m. Thursday on the News Station.

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.