This American Life

Jul 05 2020 66 mins 2.4M

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.





513: 129 Cars
Jul 05 2020 75 mins  
We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they'll get a huge bonus from the manufacturer, possibly as high as $85,000 — enough to put them in the black for the month. If they don't make it, it'll be the second month in a row. So they pull out all the stops.


709: The Reprieve
Jun 28 2020 78 mins  
Michigan has passed its Covid-19 peak, and the state has started opening up. But it’s still been intensely difficult for the staff in the ICU at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. We've embedded with them over the past few months, and tracked how this pandemic has changed them and their city.


684: Burn It Down
Jun 21 2020 62 mins  
In the wake of George Floyd’s killing, people everywhere are demanding that police departments change not just their rules, but the culture inside that leads to these deaths. But those things are notoriously hard to change. As a case study, here's the story of a fire department that gets a new boss who starts a war with his own firefighters, to change their macho, racist culture. They fight back hard.



708: Here, Again
Jun 14 2020 65 mins  
An exhaustingly familiar story. Maybe it’ll have a different ending this time, but maybe not. We hear what different people said and did one weekend in reaction to the killing of George Floyd.


707: We Are in the Future
Jun 07 2020 61 mins  
In this moment of sorrow, protest, and rage in the wake of George Floyd’s death, we offer this as a break from the dreadful present: our show about Afrofuturism. It’s a way of looking at Black culture that’s fantastic and hopeful, which feels especially urgent during a time without a lot of optimism. Featuring the song "The Deep" by clppng.


706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With
May 31 2020 65 mins  
Lissa Yellow Bird searches for missing people. Cold cases, mostly. People no one else is looking for. It’s not her job, but a lot of Native Americans go missing and their cases remain unsolved, so families often ask Lissa for help. But then, Lissa’s own niece goes missing.


705: Time Out
May 24 2020 64 mins  
While sports of all kinds have been put on pause, we bring you favorite stories from back when people were still on football fields, boxing rings, and basketball courts.


704: Our Pulitzer-Winning Episode
May 17 2020 68 mins  
Last week, our episode "The Out Crowd" won the very first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded to a radio show. This is the episode that won, with some updates on the stories. Hear what the Trump administration’s "Remain in Mexico" policy actually means, on the ground, at the Mexican border.


703: Stuck!
May 10 2020 60 mins  
During a time when a lot of us feel like we are living in a holding pattern, stories of people feeling stuck.


702: One Last Thing Before I Go
Apr 26 2020 64 mins  
Words can seem so puny and ineffective sometimes. On this show, we have stories in which ordinary people make last ditch efforts to get through to their loved ones, using a combination of small talk and not-so-small talk.


4.9 • 16 Ratings

lwood the great Jul 07 2020
Cream of the crop! American Life at its best..

Mercie P. Chesll Jul 04 2020
Good...it's like audio documentaries on really engaging topics. A bit longer than we other podcast formats though. Think 1 - 1.5 hours instead of 20-30 minutes

Jackie Jun 27 2020
Love it, not all episodes speak to me , but some changed the way I look at things forever, e.g. Tell me I am fat!!!! Give it a try.


Kitajima1 Jun 23 2020
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vkm39 Jun 19 2020
Absolutely fabulous thought provoking podcast

bma449 Jun 16 2020
Good but not the best this american life episode

julienlesaux Jun 03 2020
Absolutely deserving a pulitzer.

drchunk May 31 2020
The original storytelling podcast

ChrysBemm May 31 2020
Over 20 years of life-enriching shows from Ira Glass and many amazing contributors. Every show is a gem in itself. Congratulations on the first non-print Pulitzer! No one deserves it more than this team of writers and presenters.

1q3er5 May 19 2020
gud podcast show

Crimson Legacy May 03 2020
The first podcast I suggest to everyone to try. Very down-to-earth stories. Lately, there have been too many episodes that are "re-broadcasts". At times there seemed to be too many stories where they have had too much of a political message, but it's gotten better lately.

Torterolli May 01 2020
The Best. Just that.

Ashley Apr 22 2020
I get super excited every time I see a new episode. Heartfelt, funny slice of Americana that I'll never stop listening to!


sullivar Apr 14 2020
The granddaddy of all podcasts. Probably the first one on most people's "must listen" list

johathom Apr 01 2020
First! The best podcast if you're just starting out in the medium. Ira Glass is the Godfather of Podcasting

Biff Apr 06 2020
Always interesting.