This American Life
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.

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785: Through the Looking Glass

People trying to coax each other across the line, from one side to the other.

351: Return to Childhood

People who try to revisit their childhoods—what they find and what they do not find.

732: Secrets

Why we tell them, and what happens after we do.

784: Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map

Not long ago, Republicans in Ohio passed a constitutional amendment to end gerrymandering in the state. And then a funny thing happened. The same Ohio Republicans drew electoral maps that violated their own constitutional amendment. They’ll be using them in this week’s midterm elections. We try to understand how that could happen.

783: Kids These Days

We hear from kids who are dealing with some of the country’s most contentious debates. Debates that are supposedly about them.

782: Family Dig

Two people go on excavations of their families’ pasts. Including the first episode of the new podcast, “We Were Three,” hosted by our longtime producer, Nancy Updike, and from Serial Productions and The New York Times.

781: Watching the Watchers

People taking it upon themselves to keep an eye on those in charge.

780: Setting the Record Straight

Getting to the facts can be difficult, but it’s always the right thing to do. Except when it isn’t.