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.


  • 779: Ends of the Earth

    Sep 18 2022

    An exploration of the very upper limits of what you do for someone you love.

  • 550: Three Miles

    Sep 11 2022

    There’s a program that brings together kids from two schools. One school is public and in the country’s poorest congressional district. The other is private and costs $43,000/year. They are three miles apart. The hope is that kids connect, but some of the public school kids just can’t get over the divide. We hear what happens when you get to see the other side and it looks a lot better.

  • 528: The Radio Drama Episode

    Sep 04 2022

    Our most ambitious live show ever! We pulled together a massive team of theater pros at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House—nearly 50 singers, actors, dancers and musicians. The result? Journalism turned into a Broadway musical, into opera. Mike Birbiglia, Sasheer Zamata, Stephin Merritt, Josh Hamilton, Lindsay Mendez, Lin-Manuel Miranda and others.

  • 778: Me Minus Me

    Aug 28 2022

    When a fundamental part of yourself changes dramatically, are you still who you thought you were?

  • 777: Name. Age. Detail.

    Aug 14 2022

    Ten people were killed at a grocery store in Buffalo, NY. Their stories, as you’ve never heard them.

  • 776: I Work Better on Deadline

    Jul 31 2022

    Stories of people racing against time to solve a problem. Will they make it?

  • 775: The Possum Experiment

    Jul 10 2022

    An investigation into a very basic question about people: Are most of us bad or good?

  • 774: The Pink House at the Center of the World

    Jul 03 2022

    The Supreme Court case that overturned Roe v. Wade began with a lawsuit filed by a Mississippi abortion clinic. On the day Roe was overturned, we were there. Stories from the center of this moment of history, the day it happened.

  • 773: The Longest Distance Between Two Points

    Jun 19 2022

    Getting from A to B via Z.

  • 772: The Kids' Table

    Jun 05 2022

    Kids navigating hairy situations all on their own, with no help from grown-ups.