This American Life

This American Life

This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.

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July 25, 2021 60 min
In this summer when we're trying to recover from everything at once, stories of people trying to define what recovery means for themselves.
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We heard about a test that could determine if someone was a psychopath. So, naturally, our staff decided to take it. 
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July 11, 2021 60 min
Words mean things, but some words are especially meaningful.
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July 4, 2021 65 min
Solving problems using very extreme measures.
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June 13, 2021 59 min
Sisters build worlds together, worlds that are just for them. Stories about the bonds between sisters and how they get broken and fixed—or not.
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May 30, 2021 59 min
So many of us, we don’t want to think about death. We avoid grieving when we lose someone, distract ourselves, look away. In this episode, at a moment when so many families are mourning, we have stories of people figuring out how they’ll grieve, and doing a pretty good job of it.
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May 16, 2021 63 min
An ode to life's daily practices, and what you learn from doing a thing every single day.
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April 25, 2021 60 min
What happens when your own community suddenly turns on you?
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April 11, 2021 62 min
Stories about the power of blood.
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How the pandemic has thrown college admissions process into a kind of slow-motion chaos. One of the biggest changes: most colleges have stopped requiring the SAT. For decades, there’s been a debate over whether schools should drop the test. What’s it mean that it finally happened?
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