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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.

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Episodes

721: The Walls Close In

Stories of people who find themselves stuck in small spaces?an elevator, an attic, an orchestra pit?trying to make sense of their new surroundings. 
2020-10-25
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720: The Moment After This Moment

Stories about people who are worried ? or not worried enough! ? about what's hurtling unstoppably towards them.
2020-10-19
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668: The Long Fuse

People tossing words out into the world impulsively, to ignite and burn over decades.
2020-10-12
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719: Trust Me I?m a Doctor

A doctor who breaks the law might go to jail like anybody else. But who decides if that doctor gets to keep their medical license? On today?s show, the not-often-talked-about realm of licensing boards, and the disturbing decisions they sometimes make. 
2020-10-05
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718: Same Bed, Different Dreams

In this moment when our country is so deeply divided, we have stories of people who are tied together, but imagine radically different futures. In one case, a movie star and her ex-husband plot against Kim Jong-Il. In another, a woman stalks her doppelgänger. And sometimes, one bed is the basis for an entire relationship, even for a man who almost never sees the person who shares his bed.
2020-09-28
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717: Audience of One

At a time when going to the movies is mostly out of the question, we bring the movies to you.
2020-09-14
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716: Trail of Tears

For the holiday weekend, a roadtrip through history. In this moment when Americans are tearing down monuments and rethinking how to address the shameful parts of America?s past, we return to a story from the early days of our radio show that took that on, in a vivid and complicated way. Sarah Vowell and her twin sister Amy headed out on the road to retrace the Trail of Tears ? the route their Cherokee ancestors took when expelled from their own land ? and reflected on the question, what are we supposed to do with the mix of good and bad that is this country?
2020-09-07
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715: Long-Awaited Asteroid Finally Hits Earth

Teachers, students and parents around the country have been bracing themselves all spring and summer long for the start of this unprecedented school year. This week, it's here.
2020-08-31
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714: Day at the Beach

It?s the last few weeks of summer, so we?re going to the beach! This week, stories from the surf and sand.
2020-08-17
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713: Made to Be Broken

From the moment we wake up in the morning there are a trillion rules ? big and little ? governing our lives. But sometimes, we encounter one we just can't abide by. In a pitched moment of rule-questioning, a show about rules and the people who break them. 
2020-08-10
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