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.


  • 713: Made to Be Broken

    713: Made to Be Broken

    09/08/2020 Duração: 59min

    From the moment we wake up in the morning there are a trillion rules — big and little — governing our lives. But sometimes, we encounter one we just can't abide by. In a pitched moment of rule-questioning, a show about rules and the people who break them. 

  • 712: Nice White Parents

    712: Nice White Parents

    02/08/2020 Duração: 01h05min

    Years ago, producer Chana Joffe-Walt started reporting on one school in New York. She thought the story was about segregation and inequality in public schools. But the more she looked into it, the more she realized she was witnessing something else. She was seeing the inordinate power of white parents at this school. This is the first episode of Chana’s new mini-series: Nice White Parents. 

  • 443: Amusement Park

    443: Amusement Park

    26/07/2020 Duração: 01h25s

    This week, we celebrate pre-coronavirus summertime fun: at amusement parks! Ira Glass takes us behind the scenes at Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, where the young staff – coached by a funny, fun-loving boss just a little older than they are – truly seem to love their jobs.  

  • 711: How to Be Alone

    711: How to Be Alone

    19/07/2020 Duração: 01h06min

    In space, in the ocean, by ourselves, or with others—we’re all just figuring out how to be apart.

  • 710: Umbrellas Down

    710: Umbrellas Down

    12/07/2020 Duração: 01h13min

    As China's new national security law tightens its control over Hong Kong, we return to our episode about last fall's anti-government protests and check in to see how people are responding.

  • 709: The Reprieve

    709: The Reprieve

    28/06/2020 Duração: 01h18min

    Michigan has passed its Covid-19 peak, and the state has started opening up. But it’s still been intensely difficult for the staff in the ICU at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. We've embedded with them over the past few months, and tracked how this pandemic has changed them and their city.

  • 708: Here, Again

    708: Here, Again

    14/06/2020 Duração: 01h05min

    An exhaustingly familiar story. Maybe it’ll have a different ending this time, but maybe not. We hear what different people said and did one weekend in reaction to the killing of George Floyd.

  • 707: We Are in the Future

    707: We Are in the Future

    07/06/2020 Duração: 01h01min

    In this moment of sorrow, protest, and rage in the wake of George Floyd’s death, we offer this as a break from the dreadful present: our show about Afrofuturism. It’s a way of looking at Black culture that’s fantastic and hopeful, which feels especially urgent during a time without a lot of optimism. Featuring the song "The Deep" by clppng.

  • 706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With

    706: A Mess to Be Reckoned With

    31/05/2020 Duração: 01h05min

    Lissa Yellow Bird searches for missing people. Cold cases, mostly. People no one else is looking for. It’s not her job, but a lot of Native Americans go missing and their cases remain unsolved, so families often ask Lissa for help. But then, Lissa’s own niece goes missing. 

  • 705: Time Out

    705: Time Out

    24/05/2020 Duração: 01h04min

    While sports of all kinds have been put on pause, we bring you favorite stories from back when people were still on football fields, boxing rings, and basketball courts.