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.


  • 549: Amateur Hour

    549: Amateur Hour


    People put in positions they’re completely unqualified to handle, but who try to make it work anyway. Including one story of a tough group of soldiers who attempt to save lives through the power of show tunes.

  • 676: Here’s Looking at You, Kid

    676: Here’s Looking at You, Kid

    28/03/2021 Duración: 01h01min

    Adults telling kids who they are, and kids wondering — are they right?

  • 734: The Campus Tour Has Been Cancelled

    734: The Campus Tour Has Been Cancelled

    21/03/2021 Duración: 01h01min

    How the pandemic has thrown college admissions process into a kind of slow-motion chaos. One of the biggest changes: most colleges have stopped requiring the SAT. For decades, there’s been a debate over whether schools should drop the test. What’s it mean that it finally happened?

  • 695: Everyones a Critic

    695: Everyone's a Critic

    14/03/2021 Duración: 01h35s

    People squirming in a world where everything is rated and reviewed.

  • 733: Warriors in the Garden

    733: Warriors in the Garden

    07/03/2021 Duración: 01h06min

    This week, three men who came together to protest the murder of George Floyd. They were unified, loud, and impressive, but over time these three friends end up in three very different places.

  • 732: Secrets

    732: Secrets

    21/02/2021 Duración: 01h21s

    Why we tell them, and what happens after we do.

  • 731: What Lies Beneath

    731: What Lies Beneath

    14/02/2021 Duración: 01h01min

    Stories of people summoning up stuff that’s usually hidden down deep.

  • 730: The Empty Chair

    730: The Empty Chair

    24/01/2021 Duración: 59min

    Things we’ve lost in the past year — since the first American coronavirus case — that we haven’t talked about so much. Gossip. The chance to make new friends. And much larger stuff.

  • 729: Making the Cut

    729: Making the Cut

    10/01/2021 Duración: 01h04min

    There's always someone whose job it is to decide if you measure up.

  • 728: Lights, Camera, Christmas!

    728: Lights, Camera, Christmas!

    27/12/2020 Duración: 01h15s

    This holiday season, we bring you a show filled with stories of people going to great lengths to throw a special Christmas for their families.