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Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show "This American Life." First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. In mp3 and updated Mondays.
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Latest episode: January 18, 2018 | 10:00 pm - 636: I Thought It Would Be Easier

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636: I Thought It Would Be Easier January 18, 2018 | 10:00 pm
A year into Trump’s presidency, stories chronicling the sometimes hard, often bad, decisions politicians from both parties are making.
635: Chip in My Brain January 11, 2018 | 10:00 pm
A boy who can’t dribble gets a coach, a new best friend, and something to believe in.
#550: Three Miles (01:02:27) January 07, 2018 | 5:00 pm
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
550: Three Miles January 04, 2018 | 10:00 pm
What happens when of a group of public school students in the Bronx goes to visit an elite private school three miles away.
#596: Becoming a Badger (00:59:14) December 31, 2017 | 5:00 pm
This week, stories about people trying their best to turn themselves into something else—like a badger. Or a professional comedian, in a language they didn’t grow up speaking.
596: Becoming a Badger December 28, 2017 | 10:00 pm
Stories about people trying their best to turn themselves into something else—like a badger.
#634: Human Error in Volatile Situations (01:02:56) December 24, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Even the best laid plans can go catastrophically wrong when humans get involved. This week, people bungle simple operations on some of the most dangerous weapons in the world.
634: Human Error in Volatile Situations December 21, 2017 | 10:00 pm
People bungle simple operations on some of the most dangerous weapons in the world.
#633: Our Town - Part Two (01:08:28) December 17, 2017 | 5:00 pm
So many people in Albertville, AL wondered what it cost them in taxes when thousands of undocumented immigrants moved to their town. One woman drove our host Ira Glass to the grocery store to watch a random Latina mom buy some milk with government assista
633: Our Town - Part Two December 14, 2017 | 10:00 pm
When an Alabama town went from 98% white to one-fourth Latino, what did it mean for taxpayers, schools, traffic, crime? 
#632: Our Town (01:05:35) December 10, 2017 | 5:00 pm
The man whose views on immigration are a cornerstone of Trump administration policy—Attorney General Jeff Sessions—apparently came to his opinions on the issue from seeing what happened in the poultry plants of Alabama. He believes undocumented workers sh
#632: Our Town - Part One (01:05:35) December 10, 2017 | 5:00 pm
We spent eight months and did over a hundred interviews to try to bypass the usual rhetoric and get to the bottom of what really happened when undocumented workers showed up in one Alabama town. Pictured: Albertville “Miss Chick” 1954.
#598: My Undesirable Talent (01:00:30) December 03, 2017 | 5:00 pm
San Francisco’s Spider-Man burglar was remarkable. He dropped into buildings from skylights, leapt 10 feet from one roof to another. But mostly, his talent got him into trouble. This week, his story, and stories of other undesirable talents.
#84: Harold (00:58:59) November 26, 2017 | 5:00 pm
The story of Harold Washington, the greatest politician you've probably never heard of, and the white backlash that was set off when he became Chicago's first black mayor. This weekend is the 30th anniversary of his death.
#603: Once More, With Feeling (01:00:08) November 19, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Stories of people who decide to rethink the way they’ve been doing things, or try to get others to do that. Including a woman who decides to confront the men who catcall her, and get them to give it up forever.
#631: So a Monkey and a Horse Walk Into a Bar (01:01:44) November 12, 2017 | 5:00 pm
This week, blurring the line between animal and human.
#513: 129 Cars (01:16:11) November 05, 2017 | 5:00 pm
We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they'll get a huge bonus from the manufacturer, possibly as high as $85,000 — enough to put them in the black for the month. If t
#630: Things I Mean to Know (01:01:53) October 29, 2017 | 6:00 pm
There are so many facts about the world that we take for granted—without ever questioning how we know them. Of course the earth revolves around the sun. Of course my dog loves me. But how exactly do we know things like that are true? This week, stories of
#629: Expect Delays (00:59:22) October 22, 2017 | 6:00 pm
We all love to travel to different places, but not many of us like the stressful, banal process of the journey. This week, stories about delays—including a town known entirely for its speed trap, and a woman who comes up against bureaucratic nightmares ev
#628: In the Shadow of the City 2017 (00:58:25) October 15, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Stories that take place on the edge of civilization, just out of sight.

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