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.


  • 691: Gardens of Branching Paths

    Jan 12 2020

    Stories of other universes that are just like our own, but with one small difference.

  • 667: Wartime Radio

    Jan 05 2020

    Intimate and personal dispatches from two very different battlefields: A small town in the Syrian war. And the U.S. opioid epidemic. Each came from a DIY radio outfit. (Okay, one’s a podcast.)

  • 690: Too Close to Home

    Dec 29 2019

    For the holidays, stories of families finally addressing the thorny thing they’ve never really talked about.

  • 576: Say Yes To Christmas

    Dec 22 2019

    No Christmas can ever be as good as the ones you had as a kid. But this week we go all in and bring the joy, the spontaneity, the sense that anything can happen back to Christmas. 

  • 689: Digging Up the Bones

    Dec 08 2019

    There's a lot that can be gained from unearthing the past -- learning about oneself, learning about others. But, it doesn't always go how you'd expect.

  • 688: The Out Crowd

    Nov 17 2019

    Reports from the frontlines of the Trump administration's "Remain in Mexico" asylum policy. We hear from asylum seekers waiting across the border in Mexico, in a makeshift refugee camp,  and from the officers who sent them there to wait in the first place. 

  • 687: Small Things Considered

    Nov 10 2019

    Stories about being little. Secret writings in tiny letters. The power of a very small number. And a medication that's supposed to cure shortness. 

  • 686: Umbrellas Up

    Oct 20 2019

    For over 100 days now, protesters in Hong Kong have taken to the streets every weekend. What it’s like to live through that.

  • 685: We Come From Small Places

    Oct 13 2019

    The staff goes to one of the biggest parties in New York City, the Labor Day Carnival and the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn.

  • 684: Burn It Down

    Sep 29 2019

    Stories of people who decide the only way forward — for real change — is to burn everything to the ground.