This American Life Show Feed
January 13, 2019
We revisit those moments of calm before the storm, when things could have gone very differently, but instead, they went to hell.
January 6, 2019
Stories from border walls around the world, where one place ends and another begins. And the strange ecosystems that arise.
December 30, 2018
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.
December 23, 2018
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.
December 9, 2018
Documents you don't normally think of, showing you things you didn't expect.
November 18, 2018
Stories of people who believe there is always a way. And also those who don’t.
November 11, 2018
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.
November 4, 2018
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.
October 14, 2018
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.
October 7, 2018
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.