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.


  • 732: Secrets

    732: Secrets

    21/02/2021 Duration: 01h21s

    Why we tell them, and what happens after we do.

  • 731: What Lies Beneath

    731: What Lies Beneath

    14/02/2021 Duration: 01h01min

    Stories of people summoning up stuff that’s usually hidden down deep.

  • 670: Beware the Jabberwock

    670: Beware the Jabberwock

    07/02/2021 Duration: 01h09min

    Stories from the upside-down world where conspiracy theorists dwell.

  • 489: No Coincidence, No Story!

    489: No Coincidence, No Story!

    31/01/2021 Duration: 01h34s

    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. From a chance encounter at a bus station to a romantic dollar bill to a baffling apparition in a college shower stall. 

  • 730: The Empty Chair

    730: The Empty Chair

    24/01/2021 Duration: 59min

    Things we’ve lost in the past year — since the first American coronavirus case — that we haven’t talked about so much. Gossip. The chance to make new friends. And much larger stuff.

  • 729: Making the Cut

    729: Making the Cut

    10/01/2021 Duration: 01h04min

    There's always someone whose job it is to decide if you measure up.

  • 728: Lights, Camera, Christmas!

    728: Lights, Camera, Christmas!

    27/12/2020 Duration: 01h15s

    This holiday season, we bring you a show filled with stories of people going to great lengths to throw a special Christmas for their families.

  • 727: Boulder v. Hill

    727: Boulder v. Hill

    20/12/2020 Duration: 01h07min

    What the day-to-day business of saving the world looks like. We visit with one group of people who are trying to rescue us from something very large, and another group trying to rescue us from something very small.

  • 726: Twenty-Five

    726: Twenty-Five

    13/12/2020 Duration: 01h28s

    To commemorate our show’s 25th year, we have a program about people who were born the year our show went on the air.

  • 725: Turkey in a Face Mask

    725: Turkey in a Face Mask

    29/11/2020 Duration: 01h05min

    For Thanksgiving weekend, stories about food, and people who set out on very particular missions with food.