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.
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.
People looking everywhere to find a place—any place—where, for once, they don't have to be the odd man out.
There's always someone whose job it is to decide if you measure up.
In these dark, combative times, we attempt the most radical counterprogramming we could imagine: a show made up entirely of stories about delight.
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.
What the day-to-day business of saving the world looks like. We visit with one group of people who are trying to rescue us from something very large, and another group trying to rescue us from something very small.
To commemorate our show’s 25th year, we have a program about people who were born the year our show went on the air.
For Thanksgiving weekend, stories about food, and people who set out on very particular missions with food.
Stories of people changing their minds.
People grappling with an endless presidential election.