This American Life

This American Life

Arts, News & Politics, Society & Culture, Personal Journals

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Society & Culture 3
Personal Journals 2

This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 1.5 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.


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#612: Ask a Grown-Up

March 20th, 2017

Stories from people who need a grown-up. Featuring teenage girls asking for advice about their love lives and Ira's tribute to his his very grown-up friend Mary.

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#611: Vague and Confused

March 6th, 2017

A show about rules and what happens when they’re vague and randomly enforced.

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#360: Switched At Birth

February 27th, 2017

On a summer day in 1951, two baby girls were born in a hospital in small-town Wisconsin. The infants were accidentally switched, and went home with the wrong families.

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#610: Grand Gesture

February 20th, 2017

This week we have stories of people going to very extreme measures to demonstrate their feelings. Elna Baker makes a questionable trip to Africa, while a man in Florida commits a series of disturbing acts in the name of love. Ira also goes to a high school to talk to kids before a dance.