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.

Noon and 6 p.m. Saturday
rebroadcast at Noon Thursday.
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Upcoming Shows

Jun 27  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.

Jul 10  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.

Jul 19  This American Life: Mind Your Own Business

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

Recent Shows

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Jun 14  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.

May 31  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.

May 24  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.

May 17  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

May 03  This American Life: I Was So High

Your waitress. Your colleagues at work. Your doctor. Maybe even your parents. They're all high. All the time. Airs at noon on Saturday, then again at 6 and Thursday at noon, on the news station.

Apr 26  This American Life: Death And Taxes

It is a peculiar feeling to know with certainty that something big is about to happen to you. This week we watch people go right up to the edge of inevitable change.

Apr 19  This American Life: No Coincidence, No Story!

We asked listeners to send us their best coincidence stories, and we got more than 1,300 submissions! There were so many good ones we decided to make a whole show about them.

Apr 12  This American Life: Tarred and Feathered

This week, stories of people being threatened and punished with public shame. Including the story of someone who was literally tarred and feathered. It happened a lot more recently than you'd guess.
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Apr 10  This American Life: Tribes

A Native American tribe is doing exactly the opposite of what you'd think they'd do: they're kicking people out of the tribe, huge numbers of them, including people whose ancestors without question were part of the tribe.

Mar 22  This American Life: Animal Sacrifice

What animals sacrifice for us, and what we sacrifice for them. Including a story from Susan Orlean about dogs in World War II, and the This American Life staff confronts Ira about his dog, Piney. 12pm & 6pm Sat., and 12pm Thur. on the News Station.
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