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.


  • 638: Rom-Com

    May 22 2022

    The one thing you know for sure when you're watching a romantic comedy is that it's going to turn out okay in the end. When you're living one? Not so much. This week, stories that unfold like rom-coms.

  • 605: Kid Logic

    May 15 2022

    Kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions.

  • 770: My Lying Eyes

    May 08 2022

    People staring squarely at the truth, and still finding it hard to believe what they’re seeing.

  • 769: The Reluctant Explorer

    May 01 2022

    A man finds himself thrust into a new world he didn’t necessarily ask to visit. He takes a look around.

  • 768: The Other Front Lines

    Apr 24 2022

    Four personal stories from the war in Ukraine.

  • 767: Do Not Go Gentle

    Apr 10 2022

    In this moment when autocrats and almost-autocrats are getting bolder and more powerful, we bring you two stories of resistance, from Hungary and Russia.

  • 766: Well Someone Had to Do SOMETHING!

    Apr 03 2022

    People trying to jump in and solve other people's problems, putting themselves directly in the gap between the problem and the solution.

  • 765: Off Course

    Mar 20 2022

    Three people, and one animal, who know the path their lives will take until, suddenly, they don’t.

  • 764: School's Out Forever

    Mar 13 2022

    The pandemic broke school. Can we ever go back?

  • 763: The Other Mr. President

    Feb 27 2022

    Stories about Vladimir Putin. Did he come to power in 1999 by killing hundreds of innocent Russians? How’s he really seen in his home country? This show is a mix of old and new stories we’ve done about him.