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This American Life Episodes
TitlePodcast DescriptionAuthor/ReaderDuration
#685: We Come From Small PlacesThe staff goes to one of the biggest parties in New York City, the Labor Day Carnival and the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn.Chicago Public Media01:00:31
#581: Anatomy of DoubtA story about doubt: how it germinated, spread, and took hold of an entire community, with terrible consequences.Chicago Public Media01:01:57
#684: Burn It DownStories of people who decide the only way forward - for real change - is to burn everything to the ground!Chicago Public Media01:03:24
#683: Beer SummitTwo people, sitting down over a beer, hashing out their differences and understanding where the other guy is coming from. Hard to imagine...Chicago Public Media01:09:00
#477: Getting Away With ItStories of people breaking the rules fully, completely and with no bad consequences. None seem regretful in the slightest.Chicago Public Media01:00:26
#205: Plan BMost of us start off our lives with some Plan A, which we abandon... switching to a Plan B, which becomes our life.Chicago Public Media01:00:39
#388: Rest StopStories of people who are just passing through, and the ones who canít leave, because this is where their jobs are.Chicago Public Media01:00:53
#682: Ten SessionsThere's a type of therapy that could help you work through unhealed trauma in just ten sessions. Some do it in two weeks.Chicago Public Media01:00:56
#681: Escape From the LabWhat happens when our most ingenious creations actually make it out into the world?Chicago Public Media01:01:01
#409: Held HostageStories of people held captive - by criminals, by paperwork, and in one man's case, his own body - and the ways they try to cope.Chicago Public Media00:59:25
#585: In Defense of IgnoranceSome things in life are better not to know about. And sometimes there's a benefit to not knowing. Examples of ignorance being bliss.Chicago Public Media01:02:47
#680: The Weight Of WordsWords mean things, but some words are especially meaningful - whether in a survival manual, a song lyric, or a slur.Chicago Public Media01:00:02
#165: Americans In ParisMany Americans have dreamy and romantic ideas about Paris, but what's it like in Paris if you're an American, without rose-colored glasses?Chicago Public Media01:59:29
#679: Save the GirlPeople go on missions to save young girls from danger. But sometimes they get so caught up in the mission that it overshadows the girl herself.Chicago Public Media01:01:42
#678: The WannabesWe hang out with the presidential candidates, in this weird early period of the election when they're easy to walk right up to.Chicago Public Media01:09:49
#354: Mistakes Were MadeIn the late 60's a California TV repairman sees an opportunity to help people cheat death with the new science of cryonics.Chicago Public Media00:59:16
#644: Random Acts of HistoryStories about people who accidentally bump into unsettling facts of history in settings meant to teach them history.Chicago Public Media00:58:37
#677: Seeing Yourself In the WildStories of those unexpected moments when we see who we really are.Chicago Public Media01:01:40
#647: LaDonnaAn airport security guard notices something wrong on the tarmac, and tries to fix it. It's way harder than she expects.Chicago Public Media01:05:07
#676: Hereís Looking at You, KidAdults telling kids who they are, and kids wondering - are they right?Chicago Public Media01:01:32
#199: House on Loon LakeThe true story of an abandoned house, discovered by a young boy in the 1970s, and the mystery of why it was abandoned.Chicago Public Media00:59:48
#675: Iím on TV??What it's like to be momentarily big on the small screen.Chicago Public Media01:00:36
#674: Get a Spine!Stories of people standing up for themselves, shaking off their fear, bracing themselves, and doing what theyíve been scared to do.Chicago Public Media01:06:19
#172: 24 Hours at the Golden AppleWe document one day in a Chicago diner called the Golden Apple, starting at 5 a.m. and going until 5 a.m. the next morning...Chicago Public Media00:59:04
#332: The Ten CommandmentsStories of people struggling to follow the Ten Commandments from the book of Exodus.Chicago Public Media01:01:30
#673: Left BehindPeople figuring out how to move through a world in which something important has disappeared.Chicago Public Media01:05:46
#589: Tell Me I'm FatThe way we talk about being fat is shifting. With our overweight crisis, maybe it's time to rethink the way we see being fat.Chicago Public Media01:09:24
#672: No Fair!Stories of very small injustices and also one very big one.Chicago Public Media01:05:14
#671: Anything Can Be AnythingPeople connecting the dots that maybe should not be connected.Chicago Public Media01:02:13
#616: I Am Not a PirateTo be, or not to be a pirate? Hold fast, mateys! We have stories about both historical and modern-day swashbucklers who loot, pillage, and...Chicago Public Media01:08:24
#670: Beware the JabberwockStories from the upside-down world where conspiracy theorists dwell.Chicago Public Media01:09:29
#317: Unconditional LoveCan love be taught? A family uses a controversial therapy to train their son to love them. And other stories of loving other people.Chicago Public Media01:04:56
#669: Scrambling to Get Off the IceDemocrats on the House Judiciary Committee may have to fight to protect Mueller's investigation and make his report public...Chicago Public Media01:02:42
#419: Petty TyrantA New York maintenance man abuses his employees. Here he breaks his silence in an interview with Paul Nelson...Chicago Public Media01:02:41
#668: The Long FusePeople tossing words out into the world impulsively. And how they ignite and burn. Over decades.Chicago Public Media01:06:55
#486: Valentineís DayFor Valentine's Day we have stories of people going to extremes to find and pursue their one true love.Chicago Public Media01:01:33
#667: Wartime RadioIntimate and personal dispatches from two very different battlefields, the Syrian war and the U.S. opioid epidemic.Chicago Public Media01:06:52
#638: Rom-ComOne thing you know for sure when you watch a romantic comedy: it's going to have a happy ending. When you're living one? Not so much.Chicago Public Media01:02:51
#666: The Theme That Shall Not Be NamedSatan! In his many surprising manifestations, is all around us.Chicago Public Media01:05:37
#665: Before Things Went to HellWe revisit those moments of calm before the storm, when things could have gone very differently, but instead, they went to hell.Chicago Public Media01:03:07
#641: The WallsStories from border walls around the world, where one place ends and another begins. And the strange ecosystems that arise.Chicago Public Media01:14:17
#664: The Room of RequirementStories of people who roam library stacks and find unexpected things that just happen to be exactly what they required.Chicago Public Media01:00:52
#47: Christmas and CommerceStories about the intersection of Christmas and retail, originally broadcast in 1996 when our show was only one year old...Chicago Public Media01:02:23
#204: 81 WordsThe story of how the American Psychiatric Association decided in 1973 that homosexuality was no longer a mental illness.Chicago Public Media01:00:22
#663: How I Read ItDocuments you don't normally think of, showing you things you didn't expect.Chicago Public Media01:03:43
#479: Little War on the PrairieMankato, Minnesota, site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history... Why Minnesotans didn't talk about it much after.Chicago Public Media01:04:49
#492: Dr. Gilmer & Mr. HydeDr. Gilmer gets a job at a clinic and finds he replaced a man named Dr. Gilmer, who went to prison after killing his own father...Chicago Public Media01:02:18
#662: Where There Is a WillStories of people who believe there is always a way. And also those who don't.Chicago Public Media01:03:33
#661: But That's What HappenedWhen women try to explain an unsettling situation, they're told they don't understand-that there's nothing unsettling about it.Chicago Public Media01:04:44
#660: Hoaxing YourselfStories of people who tell a lie and then believe the lie more than anyone else does. In other words: Pulling hoaxes on themselves.Chicago Public Media00:59:16
#351: Return to ChildhoodStories of people who try to revisit their childhoods - what they find and what they do not find.Chicago Public Media01:00:34
#528: The Radio Drama EpisodeOur most ambitious live show ever! A massive team of theater pros at the Brooklyn Academy. Watch a video of the live performance.Chicago Public Media01:28:11
#659: Before the Next OneThere's no rulebook on handling a school shooting. No way to prepare. You take what you've learned & use it to save others.Chicago Public Media00:59:57
#658: The Unhappy DecidersMaking big decisions about other people's lives can feel pretty awful. Zoe Chace followed Senator Jeff Flake as he decided to force...Chicago Public Media01:00:58
#489: No Coincidence, No Story!Coincidence stories, from an encounter at a bus station to a romantic dollar bill to an apparition in a college shower stall.Chicago Public Media01:01:39
#657: The RunawaysA bunch of teenagers go missing from a town in Long Island. The cops treat them as runaways, but something much worse...Chicago Public Media01:16:44
#656: Let Me Count the WaysThis week, the quiet bureaucratic war that's even targeting legal immigrants...Chicago Public Media01:18:28
#402: Save the DayStories about one person single handedly taking charge of a situation gone wrong.Chicago Public Media01:08:30
#504: How I Got Into CollegeMichael Lewis tells the incredible story of how a stolen library book got one man, Emir Kamenica, into his dream school.Chicago Public Media00:59:53
#655: The Not-So-Great UnknownWhat happens when unadventurous people end up in adventurous situations? Like an astronaut who goes to places...Chicago Public Media00:59:05
#508: SuperpowersCan superheroes be real people? Can real people become superheroes? Which is better: flight or invisibility?Chicago Public Media01:05:18
#654: The Feather HeistA flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds.Chicago Public Media00:57:19
#653: Crime SceneEvery crime scene hides a story. In this week's show, we hear about crime scenes and the stories they tell.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#619: The Magic ShowBefore his start in radio, Ira Glass had another career: performing magic at children's parties...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#652: ICE CapadesDispatches from a government agency in its tumultuous teenage years.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#651: Crime Scene 2018Every crime scene hides a story. In this week's show, we hear about crime scenes and the stories they tell.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#617: Fermi's ParadoxThree people grapple with the question, "Are we alone?"Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#650: Change You Can Maybe Believe InAn innocent man forgives the cop who framed him... This week, stories about changes that seem too good to be true.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#649: It's My Party and I'll Try If I Want ToProgressive and moderate Democrats are going head-to-head in Democratic primaries. The story of a candidate in one...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#560: Abdi and the Golden TicketA story of someone who's desperately trying Ė against long odds Ė to come to America and become an American.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#648: Unteachable MomentStories about people trying to learn something when no one is clear what the lesson is supposed to be.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#233: Starting From ScratchStories of people starting over, sometimes because they want to, other times because they have to.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#647: LaDonnaAn airport security guard notices something wrong on the tarmac, and tries to fix it. It's way harder than she expects.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#646: The Secret of My DeathCryptic messages on a cell phone and a teeter totter... clues people found trying to make sense of a death.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#339: Break-UpStarlee Kine on what makes the perfect break-up song and if sad music can actually make you feel better.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#645: My Effing First AmendmentConservative students don't feel like their ideas are welcome on campus. So they're fighting back...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#644: Random Acts of HistoryStories about people who accidentally bump into unsettling facts of history in settings meant to teach them history...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#304: HereticsThe story of Reverend Carlton Pearson, a rising star in the evangelical movement, who cast aside the idea of hell...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#643: Damned If You Do...It's one thing to weigh pros and cons. But sometimes all you have is cons. Making a choice when no good options exist.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#642: The Impossible DreamRepublican Jeff Flake has his work cut out for him, with a Senate that barely brings anything to the floor...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#289: Go Ask Your FatherChildren find out the one thing they've always wanted to know about their father. Surprising answers!Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#306: Seemed Like A Good IdeaIn the beginning, they're full of hope and optimism - and then something turns. Stories of good ideas gone bad.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#641: The WallsStories from border walls around the world, where one place ends and another begins. And the strange ecosystems that arise.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#241: 20 Acts in 60 MinutesInstead of the usual "3 or 4 stories on a theme", we bring you 20 stories - yes, 20 - in 60 minutes.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#640: Five WomenA different kind of #MeToo story, about several women who worked for the same man; their troubling encounters...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#639: In Dog We TrustStories of animals that live in our homes. Exactly how much are they caught up in everyday family dynamics?Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#542: Wait - Do You Have The Map?Stories about people feeling lost and trying to figure out how to move ahead.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#638: Rom-ComRomantic comedies: Do they always turn out okay? Valentine's Day, stories that unfold like rom-coms.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#637: Words You Can't SayStories of people who say the wrong thing and suffer the consequences, including a very conservative Republican...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#352: The Ghost of Bobby DunbarA 4-year-old boy was kidnapped by a wanderer. His granddaughter found a secret to his kidnapping...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#636: Thought It Would Be EasierA year into Trumpís presidency, stories chronicling the sometimes hard, often bad, decisions politicians ... are making.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#635: Chip in My BrainA boy who canít dribble gets a coach, a new best friend, and something to believe in.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#550: Three MilesWhat happens when you mix kids from a very poor school with those from a very rich one?Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#596: Becoming a BadgerStories of people trying to turn themselves into something else, like a badger or a professional comedian...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#634: Human Error in Volatile SituationsAny plan can go wrong. This week people bungle very simple operations on some very dangerous weapons...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#633: Our Town - Part 2Many people in Albertville, AL wondered what the undocumented immigrants in their town cost in taxes...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#632: Our Town - Part 1Attorney General Jeff Sessions believes illegal immigrants and stole American jobs in Alabama poultry plants. Was he right?Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#598: My Undesirable TalentSan Francisco's Spider-Man burglar was remarkable. This week, his story, and those of other undesirable talents.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#84: HaroldThe story of Harold Washington, the greatest politician you've probably never heard of ... Chicago's first black mayor.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#603: Once More, With FeelingStories of people who decide to rethink the way theyíve been doing things, or try to get others to do that...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#631: MammalsA Monkey and a Horse Walk Into a Bar. Blurring the line between animal and human.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#513: 129 CarsWe spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#630: Things I Mean to KnowStories of people trying to unspool some of life's certainties, and what they find...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#629: Expect DelaysStories about delays; including a town known entirely for its speed trap, and a woman who comes up against bureaucratic nightmares...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#628: In the Shadow of the City 2017Stories that take place on the edge of civilization, just out of sight.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#627: Suitable for ChildrenA man remembers a toy he loved that wouldn't love him back. A museum that educates children but scares the hell out of them.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#587: The Perils of IntimacyStories about mysteries that exist in relationships we thought couldn't possibly surprise us, the strangeness...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#626: White Haze"The Proud Boys" say they've no tolerance for racism, but they believe "the west is best." Not such a stretch from "whites are best..."Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#597: One Last Thing Before I GoStories in which ordinary people make last ditch efforts to get through to their loved ones, using a combination of...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#625: Essay BStories about being enlisted to benefit another personís educational experience. A version of this is in The New York Times Mag.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#624: Private GeographyEveryone walks around on their own private map of the world. The places we're from and how they made us, whether we like it or not.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#282: DIYAfter 4 lawyers fail to get an innocent man out of jail, a friend takes on the case as a do-it-yourself investigator.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#623: We Are in the FutureAfrofuturism: It's more than sci-fi. It's a way of looking at black culture thatís fantastic, creative, and oddly hopeful...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#472: Our Friend DavidFavorite stories by our longtime contributor and friend David Rakoff.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#622: Who You Gonna Call?When everything goes wrong, one of the first things we think is, Who do I call? Lucky people who found the right person...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#175: BabysittingWhat goes on while mom and dad are away, including the story of two teenagers who decide to invent children to babysit...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#621: Fear & Loathing in Homer & RockvilleTwo towns where people got really upset about undocumented immigrants. One has none at all, but the possibility...Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#620: To Be RealPeople who reject the superficial to get to something real, in some unexpected places: war, magic and porn.Chicago Public Media00:53:00
#109: Notes on CampStories of summer camp. Bridging the gap of misunderstanding between camp people and non-camp people.Chicago Public Media00:53:00

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