This American Life Podcast

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    #588: Mind Games 2016

    59:53

    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

    1:9:33

    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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    #557: Birds & Bees

    1:2:28

    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

    1:59

    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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    #590: Choosing Wrong

    59:50

    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

    1:1:54

    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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    #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)
    Ira Glass

    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)
    Ira Glass

    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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    168 The Fix Is In from This American Life on podbay

    58:27

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

    1:7:25

    This American Life 2016

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

    59:16

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    This American Life #610: Grand Gesture

    1:1:11

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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.

    NPR
    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 Show Podcast 10 24 16 #599 Seriously Full show

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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 Show Podcast 2016 #579 My Damn Mind Full Show

    57:27

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    This American Life #608: The Revolution Starts At Noon

    1:8:02

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    This American Life - S02E06

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    Season 2, Episode 6. Final episode from the original Showtime run, although there's an extra episode from 2009 that I'll upload in a bit.

    Enjoy!

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    This American Life #609 Its Working Out Very Nicely

    1:3:11

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    This American Life Switched At Birth

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

    1:35:28

    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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    #592: Are We There Yet?

    1:4:45

    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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    Serial from This American Life w/ Sarah Koenig - S01 Episode 10: The Best Defense is a Good Defense

    52:36

    Adnan’s trial lawyer was M. Cristina Gutierrez, a renowned defense attorney in Maryland – tough and savvy and smart. Other lawyers said she was exactly the kind of person you’d want defending you on a first-degree murder charge. But Adnan was convicted, and a year later, Gutierrez was disbarred. What happened?

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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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    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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    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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    This American Life #577: Something Only I Can See

    59:29

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

    1:19:16

    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: #611: Vague and Confused

    1:5:34

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

    1:1:11

    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 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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    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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    This American Life - S01E04

    28:14

    Episode 4 of Season 1. Showtyme. 2007.

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

    57:18

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    Squirrel Cop - TAL - pt. 1

    5:44

    The first time I heard Squirrel Cop. I was driving down the road listening to NPR's (National Public Radio) This American Life. Before long I was laughing so hard, tears were streaming down my face and I had to pull over to the side of the road to listen to the rest of the story. - I loaned a cd with this story to a friend and warned her. The next day she told me that while listening to it, she initially thought the story... amusing; and the next thing she knew she sprayed the inside of her windshield with coffee.

    So, as a public service. I have uploaded Squirrel Cop. In hopes that more people can enjoy this hilarious story in safety.

    Thank you Ira Glass (and the whole staff of This American Life)!



    For Law and Order fans. Don't miss Law and Order BFD on the link above.. It's pretty funny.

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

    1:3:47

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

    57:34

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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 - S01E01

    28:25

    Thank You Based Ira

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    Serial from This American Life w/ Sarah Koenig - S01 Episode 05: Route Talk

    43:15

    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.

    SUBCRIBE -

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

    1:4:04

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

    1:4:19

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    This American Life 529: Human Spectacle

    1:34:50

    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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