This American Life

Personal Journals

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.

739: Sisters

13 June 2021

Sisters build worlds together, worlds that are just for them. Stories about the bonds between sisters and how they get broken and fixed—or not.

74: Conventions

6 June 2021

Remember conventions, before the pandemic? When people with one common interest gather in monstrous, fluorescent-lit halls for the weekend. Sometimes they drive each other crazy, sometimes they fall in love.

738: Good Grief

30 May 2021

Grief gets a bad rap as something to avoid. But what happens when you confront it? At this moment of unimaginable loss, stories of people reckoning with grief and what they learn.

737: The Daily

16 May 2021

An ode to the daily practices and rituals of life—both mundane and special—and what you learn from simply doing a thing every single day.

233: Starting From Scratch

9 May 2021

People starting over—sometimes because they want to, other times because they have to.

588: 588: Mind Games

2 May 2021

People who try simple mind games on others and find themselves in way over their heads.

736: The Herd

25 April 2021

What happens when your own community suddenly turns on you?

691: Gardens of Branching Paths

18 April 2021

Other universes that are just like our own, but with one small difference.

735: Bloody Feelings

11 April 2021

Stories about the power of blood, and how the strong feelings it evokes push us to act in sometimes unexpected ways.

549: Amateur Hour

4 April 2021

People put in positions they’re completely unqualified to handle, but who try to make it work anyway. Including one story of a tough group of soldiers who attempt to save lives through the power of show tunes.