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.


  • 730: The Empty Chair

    Jan 24 2021

    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.

  • 694: Get Back to Where You Once Belonged

    Jan 17 2021

    People looking everywhere to find a place—any place—where, for once, they don't have to be the odd man out.

  • 729: Making the Cut

    Jan 10 2021

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

  • 692: The Show of Delights

    Jan 03 2021

    In these dark, combative times, we attempt the most radical counterprogramming we could imagine: a show made up entirely of stories about delight.

  • 728: Lights, Camera, Christmas!

    Dec 27 2020

    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.

  • 727: Boulder v. Hill

    Dec 20 2020

    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.

  • 726: Twenty-Five

    Dec 13 2020

    To commemorate our show’s 25th year, we have a program about people who were born the year our show went on the air.

  • 725: Turkey in a Face Mask

    Nov 29 2020

    For Thanksgiving weekend, stories about food, and people who set out on very particular missions with food. 

  • 724: Personal Recount

    Nov 15 2020

    Stories of people changing their minds.

  • 723: Squeaker

    Nov 08 2020

    People grappling with an endless presidential election.