This American Life Podcast


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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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    This American Life #618 - Mr. Lie Detector

    1:1:15

    A polygraph operator and his strange journey. And other stories.

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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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    This American Life #489: No Coincidence, No Story!

    59:16

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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 #578 - I Thought I Knew You

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    This week, stories of people who are feeling the ground shift underneath them when people they are close to change. Including conservative radio host Tony Beam in South Carolina who is completely baffled by the candidate his audience has decided to get behind this election season.

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    Mike Birbiglia - Sleepwalking

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    From TAL 361

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    This American Life #613: OK, I’ll Do It

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    Stories of people who decide that they are the best person for the job, no matter how dangerous. Including a story about a stay-at-home mom with a history of gun running for a guerilla organization, and a surgeon who does surgery...on himself.
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    This American Life #545 - If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say, SAY IT IN ALL CAPS

    57:25

    It’s safe to say whatever you want on the Internet; nobody will know it’s you. But that same anonymity makes it possible for people to say all the awful things that make the Internet such an annoying and sometimes frightening place.

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    Section 4 - No Coincidence, No Story! from This American Life

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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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    NPR: This American Life - #154: In Dog We Trust - Otis Is Resurrected

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    Please click on Show More for more information regarding this short story that was clipped from a broadcast aired on National Public Radio.

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    This American Life
    #154: In Dog We Trust
    Stories of dogs and cats and other animals that live in our homes. Exactly how much are they caught up in everyday family dynamics? We answer this question and others.

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    Act Three: Resurrection
    Writer Brady Udall with another story about what animals can take the place of, in our lives and in our homes—this one involving an armadillo.

    This work of fiction originally appeared in the Autumn 1999 issue of Story magazine. (23 minutes)

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    This is a selection from the broadcast In Dogs We Trust, which is available for purchase from Amazon ( or iTunes ( for a cheap price of .99 cents. Other broadcasts are available for purchase as well.

    For more information regarding the whole broadcast, click on:


    This video was made to be similar to an audiobook, in which a viewer can listen in the background, download and play at any time, or give his comments about this remarkable short story. I do not own any rights to this.

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    This American Life #617: Fermi’s Paradox

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    Three people grapple with the question, “Are we alone?”
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    Criminal - Episode 32 It Looked Like Fire from Criminal on podbay

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    Episode 32: It Looked Like Fire

    Ed Crawford had never been to a protest until he heard about the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Robert Cohen, a staff photographer with the St. Louis Post Dispatch, ended up taking a photograph of Ed that would be seen around the world, and change both of their lives. To see the photos, visit Say hello on Twitter @criminalshow, visit us on Facebook and on our new Instagram at Criminal_Podcast. Our artist, Julienne Alexander, has created beautiful 2016 calendars and postcard sets featuring quotes and illustrations from some of our favorite episodes. Learn more at: Click here to read Phoebe, Judge Me. Criminal is a proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.

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    This American Life - S01E02

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    Serial from This American Life w/ Sarah Koenig - S01 Episode 01: The Alibi

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    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 is a new podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twists and turns. Sarah won't know what happens at the end of the story until she gets there, not long before you get there with her. Each week she'll bring you the latest chapter, so it's important to listen in, starting with Episode 1.

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    This American Life - S02E01

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    First episode from the second season. Showtyme. 2008.

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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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    WakeUpNow on This American Life

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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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    This American Life 293: A Little Bit of Knowledge JUL 22, 2005

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    This American Life --- 293: A Little Bit of Knowledge --- JUL 22, 2005 Stories about the pitfalls of knowing just a little bit too little. The Source of Info.

    This American Life --- 293: A Little Bit of Knowledge --- JUL 22, 2005 Stories about the pitfalls of knowing just a little bit too little. The Source of Info.

    Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show This American Life. First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, a.

    tv show / prod. Showtyme.

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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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    This American Life #608: The Revolution Starts At Noon

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    This American Life #612: Ask a Grown-Up

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    Stories from people who need a grown-up. Featuring teenage girls asking for advice about their love lives and Ira's tribute to his very grown-up friend Mary.
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    This American Life #616: I Am Not A Pirate

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    To be, or not to be a pirate? This week, that is the question. Hold fast, mateys! We have stories about both historical and modern-day swashbucklers who loot, pillage, and question their choices.
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    Shane and friends: Elijah & Christine

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    This American Life Videos 4 U: Tattoos

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    Maggie's body is covered in tattoos, and her parents have no idea. So we made a video for Maggie to show her parents the tattoos she's been hiding. Made by Bianca Giaever and This American Life with m ss ng p eces. Animation by Jordan Bruner. Lead Editor Elori Kramer. Original music by Elori Kramer and Peter Coccoma.

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    This American Life - S01E04

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    Episode 4 of Season 1. Showtyme. 2007.

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    #600: Will I Know Anyone at This Party || This American Life 2016

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    This American Life 2016

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    This American Life - S01E01

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    Thank You Based Ira

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    This American Life #218: Act V

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    We devote this entire episode to one story: Over the course of six months, reporter and This American Life contributor Jack Hitt followed a group of inmates at a high-security prison as they rehearsed and staged a production of the last act—Act V—of Hamlet.
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    99% Invisible Podcast Ep. 210 - Unseen City: Wonders of the Urban Wilderness

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    Humans form cities from concrete, metal and glass, designing structures and infrastructure primarily to serve a single bipedal species. Walking down a familiar city street, it is easy to overlook squirrels climbing in trees, weeds growing up through cracks in the concrete, and pigeons pecking along the sidewalk. Those creatures that do manage to live all around us, thriving alongside humans, are rarely celebrated for their ingenuity. In many cases, however, such synanthropes (from the Greek syn [“together with”] + anthro [“man”]) tell fascinating stories of urban fortitude.

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    Author and amateur naturalist Nathanael Johnson began digging into some of these everyday urban species, leading him to write Unseen City: The Majesty of Pigeons, the Discreet Charm of Snails & Other Wonders of the Urban Wilderness. The book uncovers weeds that are tastier than you imagined and small mammals smarter than you suspected. The author researched various plants and animals, including that most infamous species of urban bird so many people love to hate, sometimes referred to as a “flying rat.”

    Pigeons have earned quite a reputation over time for their bothersome presence in the urban landscape, but they have not always been such pariahs. For a time, the bird conjured up quite regal associations.
    Giovanni Battista Falda: View of the Villa Medici, 1677, via Met Museum

    Historically, these were birds of the aristocracy. Researchers believe they were domesticated in the Middle East and then spread around Europe by the Romans. Their habitats were even built into the architecture of Roman houses: one common element of a traditional Tuscan Villa was an integrated lookout tower and pigeon house.

    In the 1600s, pigeons were brought to Canada from Europe; from there, they spread across the United States. Governors and dignitaries would exchange them as gifts and house them in domestic pigeon roosts. As they became more common and wild, pigeons began to lose their exotic appeal and fell out of favor with the upper class.
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    This change in status is reflected in the evolution of common language as well: for a long time, “pigeon” and “dove” (of the same bird family) were essentially synonyms. Over time, the two diverged: “dove” was increasingly associated with positive things and “pigeon” became associated with the negative. Imagine, for instance, Pigeon Soap beauty bars, silky smooth Pigeon Chocolate, or the Holy Spirit descending from Heaven in the form of a pigeon.
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    A huge industry has evolved around deterring pigeons from occupying urban spaces and outdoor surfaces, producing spikes, netting and even miniature electric fences. While such strategies can work on a single building, they really just move pigeons around, pushing them to adjacent structures.

    The need for this industry, of course, traces back to people, who bred them and spread them around the world, then laid out all of the food waste on which they continue to thrive. Their resulting overpopulation breeds the diseases for which pigeons are now known.

    Despite these associations, pigeons are amazing (if slightly disturbing) creatures, often beloved by those scientists who study them. Take, for instance, pigeon milk. Pigeons have evolved to produce a milky substance, secreting nutrients in a small pouch (crop) inside their throats. Both the males and the females make milk, which the squabs access by sticking their beaks down their parents’ throats. This adaptation is found in very few birds and evolved along a completely separate path from the milk found in mammals.

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    This American Life: #611: Vague and Confused

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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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    Ira Glass on Anxiety, Fame, and This American Life

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    Part two of our wide-ranging interview with Ira Glass. In this second half Ira opens up about the social anxiety he's felt his entire life, reflects on the role of storytelling in the wider world, and talks about how it feels to look back on almost 20 years of This American Life.

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    This American Life 529: Human Spectacle

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    This American Life --- 529: Human Spectacle JUN 27, 2014 Gladiators in the Colosseum. Sideshow performers. Reality television. We've always loved to gawk at .

    This American Life --- 529: Human Spectacle JUN 27, 2014 Gladiators in the Colosseum. Sideshow performers. Reality television. We've always loved to gawk at .

    This American Life --- 293: A Little Bit of Knowledge --- JUL 22, 2005 Stories about the pitfalls of knowing just a little bit too little. The Source of Info.

    Thank You Based Ira.

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    This American Life #615: The Beginning of Now

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    Before Donald Trump started his presidential campaign in 2015, there was a congressional race that redefined what was possible in American politics. Steve Bannon and Breitbart News go...

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    #593: Don’t Have to Live Like a Refugee

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    We return to Greece with stories of people trying to move on with their lives in whatever way they can. We meet a couple who fell in love even though they weren't expecting anything like that to happen, and even though her family didn't approve. We also meet a shopkeeper in a camp who's running what amounts to a cigarette charity. 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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    #598: My Undesirable Talent || This American Life 2016

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    168 The Fix Is In from This American Life on podbay

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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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    Seriously - This American Life, Sara Bareilles, and Leslie Odom, Jr.

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    This American Life asked Sara Bareilles (Broadway’s “Waitress”) to imagine what President Obama might be thinking about the current election and Donald Trump, but can’t say publicly. Leslie Odom, Jr., performs the song.

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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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