This American Life Podcast

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    #588: Mind Games 2016

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    Stories of people who try simple mind games on others, and then find themselves in way over their heads.

    Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show This American Life. First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Media, and distributed by Public Radio International. In mp3 and updated Mondays.

    © Copyright 1995-2016 Ira Glass

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    #589: Tell Me Im Fat

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    The way people talk about being fat is shifting. With one-third of Americans classified as overweight, and another third as obese, and almost none of us losing weight and keeping it off, maybe it’s time to rethink the way we see being fat. A show inspired by Lindy West’s book Shrill.

    Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show This American Life. First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Media, and distributed by Public Radio International. In mp3 and updated Mondays.

    © Copyright 1995-2016 Ira Glass

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    #590: Choosing Wrong

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    Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show This American Life. First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Media, and distributed by Public Radio International. In mp3 and updated Mondays.

    © Copyright 1995-2016 Ira Glass

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    #557: Birds & Bees

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    Some information is so big and so complicated that it seems impossible to talk to kids about. This week, stories about the vague and not-so-vague ways to teach children about race, death and sex - including a story about colleges responding to sexual assault by trying to teach students how to ask for consent. Also, a story about how and when to teach kids about the horrors of slavery and oppression in America.

    Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show This American Life. First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Media, and distributed by Public Radio International. In mp3 and updated Mondays.

    © Copyright 1995-2016 Ira Glass

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    #591: Get Your Moneys Worth

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    Stories of people trying to make sure they get what they paid for, from political change to bedroom slippers. We follow a donor as he vets presidential candidates, and go inside a company wrestling with the consequences of its no questions asked,” lifetime return policy.

    Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show This American Life. First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Media, and distributed by Public Radio International. In mp3 and updated Mondays.

    © Copyright 1995-2016 Ira Glass

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    #362: Got You Pegged

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    Shalom Auslander goes on vacation with his family, and suspects the beloved, chatty old man in the room next door is an imposter—and sets out to prove it. This and other stories about the pitfalls of making snap judgments about others.

    Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show This American Life. First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Media, and distributed by Public Radio International. In mp3 and updated Mondays.

    © Copyright 1995-2016 Ira Glass

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    This American Life Show Podcast 10 24 16 #599 Seriously Full show

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    This American Life #608: The Revolution Starts At Noon

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    #592: Are We There Yet?

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    A bunch of us from our show went to refugee camps all over Greece. We found people falling in love, kids mad at their parents for dragging them to Europe, women doing their laundry in a baseball stadium locker room, and hundreds of people living at a gas station—sitting next to the pumps, smoking. Also: wild pigs. 57,000 refugees are stuck in Greece, making homes in some surprising locations. We hear what that’s really like. INTERACTIVE TOUR

    Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show This American Life. First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Media, and distributed by Public Radio International. In mp3 and updated Mondays.

    © Copyright 1995-2016 Ira Glass

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    #559: Captains Log

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    A captain’s log is a simple thing: the date, the time, maybe the weather — and the current status of a long journey. You wouldn’t know from the cryptic notations what weird worlds lurk beneath. On this week's show, stories behind those cryptic notations — including a concentration camp in China that housed groups of Girl Scouts. Also, Aziz Ansari explains the significance of a Thanksgiving text message, and Etgar Keret destroys a marriage piece by piece.

    Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show This American Life. First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Media, and distributed by Public Radio International. In mp3 and updated Mondays.

    © Copyright 1995-2016 Ira Glass

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    Audio Talk This American Life Show Podcast 9 19 2016 #562 The Problem We All Live With Full Show

    1:1:33

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    #609 - It’s Working Out Very Nicely - This American Life Podcast

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    This American Life Podcast FEB 3, 2017 - 609 It’s Working Out Very Nicely

    This week we document what happened when the President’s executive order went into effect temporarily banning travel from seven countries, and we talk about the way it was implemented. A major policy change thrown into the world like a fastball with no warning. It’s hard not to ask: “What just happened? What was that all about?”

    PROLOGUE:
    This week we document what happened when the President’s executive order went into effect, and talk about the way it was implemented. A major policy change thrown into the world like a fastball with no warning. It’s hard not to ask: “What just happened? What was that all about?” (13 minutes)
    Ira Glass

    ACT ONE: Basket of Deportables.
    The news of the executive order broke while immigrants and refugees were mid-flight. That meant they were stranded in airports around the country. Zoe Chace has one of their stories, from JFK. (10 minutes)
    Zoe Chace
    SONG: HEY!, NARCY

    ACT TWO: Heavy Vetting.
    One of the justifications for the executive order from the administration was that we needed to temporarily stop admitting immigrants and refugees from these seven countries in order to scrutinize and improve the vetting process. Ira speaks with the vetters about how they vet and what they make of the new order. (11 minutes)
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    ACT THREE: Statement of Purpose.
    There is one line in the executive order that justifies its existence. It’s the second sentence in section 1. Nancy Updike scrutinizes this line of reasoning. (9 minutes)
    Nancy Updike
    SONG:GIVE ME YOUR TIRED YOUR POOR, THE SUNTONES

    ACT FOUR: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Sharia?
    Ira talks with a very skeptical national security expert about whether this order actually secures the nation. (8 minutes)
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    ACT FIVE:It’s Not Easy Being Green.
    We revisit a refugee who’s been resettled in America, and on our show in the past—Abdi Nor—to see what he thinks. (3 minutes)
    SONG: UP IN THE AIR, BRETT HARRIS

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    Serial Podcast Season 1 Episode 1 - The Alibi | This American Life

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    Serial Podcast Season 1 Episode 1 - The Alibi | This American Life
    It's Baltimore, 1999. Hae Min Lee, a popular high-school senior, disappears after school one day. Six weeks later detectives arrest her classmate and ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, for her murder. He says he's innocent - though he can't exactly remember what he was doing on that January afternoon. But someone can. A classmate at Woodlawn High School says she knows where Adnan was. The trouble is, she’s nowhere to be found.

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    Serial Podcast Season 1 Episode 2 - The Breakup | This American Life

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    Serial Podcast Season 1 Episode 2 - The Breakup | This American Life
    Their relationship began like a storybook high-school romance: a prom date, love notes, sneaking off to be alone. But unlike other kids at school, they had to keep their dating secret, because their parents disapproved. Both of them, but especially Adnan, were under special pressure at home, and the stress of that spilled over into their relationship. Eventually Hae broke up with Adnan. And then, depending on who you ask, Adnan was either understandably sad and moping around, or full of rage and plotting to kill her.

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    This American Life Show Podcast 9 26 2016 #597 One Last Thing Before I Go Full Show

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    This American Life Show Podcast 2016 #579 My Damn Mind Full Show

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    This American Life Show Podcast 10 02 2016 #460 Retraction Full Episode Special Must Listen

    57:46

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    This American Life Show Podcast 10 04 2016 #581 Anatomy of Doubt Full Show

    58:22

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    This American Life Show Podcast 2016 #577 Something Only I Can See Full Show

    57:18

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    Serial Podcast Season 1 Episode 8 - The Deal with Jay | This American Life

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    Serial Podcast Season 1 Episode 8 - The Deal with Jay | This American Life
    The state’s case against Adnan Syed hinged on Jay’s credibility; he was their star witness and also, because of his changing statements to police, their chief liability. Naturally, Adnan’s lawyer tried hard to make Jay look untrustworthy at trial. So, how did the jurors make sense of Jay? For that matter, how did the cops make sense of Jay? How are we supposed to make sense of Jay?

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    Ira Glass, This American Life on Serial, Podcasts and Storytelling at IAB MIXX Conference 2015

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    Ira Glass, Creator and Host, This American Life talks about the success of Serial, the recent popularity of podcasts and what makes great storytelling with Randall Rothenberg, President & CEO, IAB atIAB MIXX Conference 2015.

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    This American Life - #607: Didn’t We Solve This One?

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    Serial Podcast Season 1 Episode 5 - Route Talk | This American Life

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    Serial Podcast Season 1 Episode 5 - Route Talk | This American Life
    Adnan once issued a challenge to Sarah. He told her to test the state’s timeline of the murder by driving from Woodlawn High School to Best Buy in 21 minutes. It can’t be done, he said. So Sarah and Dana take up the challenge, and raise him one: They try to recreate the entire route that Jay said he and Adnan took on January 13th, 1999.

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    HOW TO LISTEN TO A PODCAST with Ira and Mary

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    This American Life host Ira Glass and his friend Mary Ahearn explain how to get a podcast. Our new podcast is Serial:

    Video shot and edited by Seth Lind.

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    Ira Glass | Talks at Google

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    Ira Glass is the award-winning host and executive producer of the documentary radio program This American Life, produced by Chicago Public Media and distributed by Public Radio International. The program began in 1995 and is now heard on over 500 public radio stations each week, by more than 3 million people, and is downloaded as a podcast more than 900,000 times weekly.

    Watch Ira Glass in discussion with Googler Logan Ury on topics including his favorite episodes, thoughts on technology, and what it was like to see himself mentioned on The O.C.

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    This American Life Show Podcast 10 0 2016 #585 In Defense of Ignorance Full Show

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    Podcast: Our exclusive interview with Ira Glass of This American Life

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    Listen in to John Moore's exclusive interview with Ira Glass, host of This American Life, which boasts 2.7 million weekly listeners. Ira talks about bringing his admittedly anachronistic dance/radio show to Denver's Buell Theatre on Dec. 7 (3 Acts, 2 Dancers, 1 Radio Host). Glass takes on a wide variety of topics, including performing at Carnegie Hall, his dog, cousin Philip Glass, prisoners performing Hamlet ... and he even takes the bait on a Simpsons vs. Yoko Ono throwdown. Podcast by John Moore. For tickets, call 303-893-4100 or go to denvercenter.org.

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    Serial Podcast Season 1 Episode 4 - Inconsistencies | This American Life

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    Serial Podcast Season 1 Episode 4 - Inconsistencies | This American Life
    A few days after Hae’s body is found, the detectives get a lead that opens the case up for them. They find Jay at work late one night and bring him down to Homicide. At first, he insists he doesn’t know anything about the murder. But eventually he comes clean. He tells them what happened on January 13th. A few weeks later, he’s back at Homicide and his story has changed. In some ways, these changes are small and understandable. In other ways, they’re big and confounding.

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    Serial Podcast Season 1 Episode 9 - To Be Suspected | This American Life

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    Serial Podcast Season 1 Episode 9 - To Be Suspected | This American Life
    New information is coming in about what maybe didn’t happen on January 13, 1999. And while Adnan’s memory of that day is foggy at best, he does remember what happened next: being questioned, being arrested and, a little more than a year later, being sentenced to life in prison.

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    Serial Podcast Season 2 Episode 1 - DUSTWUN | This American Life

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    Serial Podcast Season 2 Episode 1 - DUSTWUN | This American Life
    In the middle of the night, Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl grabs a notebook, snacks, water, some cash. Then he quietly slips off a remote U.S. Army outpost in eastern Afghanistan and into the dark, open desert. About 20 minutes later, it occurs to him: he’s in over his head.

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    This American Life #577: Something Only I Can See

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    This American Life Show Podcast #567 September 13th, 2016 What’s Going On In There By Ira Glass

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    This American Life Show Podcast 10 05 2016 #582 When the Beasts Come Marching In Full Show

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    This American Life | #610 | February 17 - 2017 | Podcast

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    This week we have stories of people going to very extreme measures to demonstrate their feelings. Elna Baker makes a questionable trip to Africa, while a man in Florida commits a series of disturbing acts in the name of love. Ira also goes to a high school to talk to kids before a dance.

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    Serial Podcast Season 2 Episode 4 - The Captors | This American Life

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    Serial Podcast Season 2 Episode 4 - The Captors | This American Life
    What's happening on the other side of the door?

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    This American Life Show Podcast 2016 #580 Thats One Way to Do It Full Show

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    This American Life Show Podcast 10 03 2016 #560 Abdi and the Golden Ticket Full Show

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    #601 : Master of Her Domain… | 04.11.2016

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    A story about Hillary Clinton that offers a different picture than what we’ve been hearing from both sides during this campaign. And some funny stuff, because everyone’s tired of the election.

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    Serial Podcast Season 2 Episode 3 - Escaping | This American Life

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    Serial Podcast Season 2 Episode 3 - Escaping | This American Life
    Bergdahl’s first year in captivity starts with an escape and ends with an escape. In between, he learns necessary, twisted lessons of survival.

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    This American Life Show Podcast 10 02 2016 #578 I Thought I Knew You Full Show

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    Serial Podcast Season 2 Episode 11 - Present for Duty | This American Life

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    Serial Podcast Season 2 Episode 11 - Present for Duty | This American Life
    The Season Two finale: What is Bowe’s fault, and what isn’t?

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    This American Life | #605 | December 16 - 2016 | Podcast

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    Stories of kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions.

    An updated version of an episode from 2001, with one story swapped.

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    This American Life Show Podcast 10 11 2016 #598 My Undesirable Talent Full Show

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    This American Life Show Podcast 10 05 2016 #584 For Your Reconsideration Full Show

    57:33

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    Alex Blumberg : Audio Design Design Driven NYC

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    Alex Blumberg, founder of Gimlet Media (Startup Podcast), Planet Money, and a Producer of This American Life joined the February 2015 edition of Design Driven NYC. Alex spoke about audio design in podcasts and the future of podcasting.

    To find out more about Design Driven NYC, visit To find out more about FirstMark, visit

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    Serial Podcast Season 1 Episode 12 - What We Know | This American Life

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    Serial Podcast Season 1 Episode 12 - What We Know | This American Life
    On January 13, 1999, Adnan Syed was a hurt and vengeful ex-boyfriend who carried out a premeditated murder. Or he was a bewildered bystander, framed for a crime he could never have committed. After 15 months of reporting, we take out everything we’ve got - interviews and documents and police reports - we shake it all out, and we see what sticks.

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    This American Life Show Podcast 10 18 16 #502 This Call May Be Recorded To Save Your Life Full

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    Serial Podcast Season 1 Episode 3 - Leakin Park | This American Life

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    Serial Podcast Season 1 Episode 3 - Leakin Park | This American Life
    It’s February 9, 1999. Hae has been missing for three weeks. A man on his lunch break pulls off a road to pee, and stumbles on her body in a city forest. His odd recounting of the discovery makes Detectives Ritz and MacGillivary suspicious. For instance, why did he walk so far into the woods - 127 feet - to relieve himself? And that’s just the start. A look into the man’s past reveals some bizarre behavior.

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    Top 5 Podcasts

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    1. This American Life/Radiolab
    2. 99% Invisible -
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    5. Serial -

    Honorable Mention
    A. Hello Internet -
    B. Mortified Podcast -

    VLOG 004

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    Serial Podcast Season 2 Episode 7 - Hindsight, Part 1 | This American Life

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    Serial Podcast Season 2 Episode 7 - Hindsight, Part 1 | This American Life
    It makes sense if you’re Bowe Bergdahl.

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