This American Life
By This American Life
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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.
||Explicit668: The Long Fuse||People tossing words out impulsively, and they ignite and burn for years.||2/17/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit486: Valentine’s Day||A couple decides to sleep with other people before they tie the knot. Plus, more stories of love making us do crazy things.||2/10/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit667: Wartime Radio||Intimate and personal dispatches from two very different battlefields.||2/3/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit638: Rom-Com||Stories about surviving the mishaps of love.||1/27/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit666: The Theme That Shall Not Be Named||Satan! In his many surprising manifestations, all around us.||1/20/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit665: Before Things Went to Hell||Revisiting those moments of calm before the storm.||1/13/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit664: The Room of Requirement||Stories of people who roam the stacks and find unexpected things that just happen to be exactly what they required.||12/30/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit663: How I Read It||Documents you don't normally think of, showing you things you didn't expect.||12/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit662: Where There Is a Will||Stories of people who believe there is always a way. And also those who don’t.||11/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit661: But That's What Happened||Stories of women in unsettling situations, who are told that there’s nothing unsettling at all.||11/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Beware Of This Show!
Oh sure, This American Life almost always begins with some rollicking, humors piece directly related to its theme. You’ll hear Ira interview someone to a backdrop of fun, upbeat or whimsical music….You can’t help but get sucked in. But know this, and know it well: Ira Glass is an insidious and manipulative genius. Sure you’ll start out the hour laughing (maybe harder than you’ve ever laughed at a public radio show) but inevitably and seamlessly, in a completely unconscious manner your emotions will be turned inside out and you’ll end the hour sobbing in your car, in the Target parking lot you’ve been parked in for the last 40 minutes. And sometimes you won’t even know why you’re crying, all you’ll know is that some sort of emotional release is needed before reintegrating yourself into the outside world. Remember how the television show The Outer Limits began with the warning, “We have taken control of your TV….” well, Ira Glass and Co. take control of your emotional state with full reign to raise you to dizzying heights of euphoric happiness or plung you down, down into unsettling depths of despair. So beware. The stories within have the ability cling to you for days, weeks, month, or even a lifetime. That’s why I never miss a show.
The Last Remaining Reason to Own a Radio is Gone
The podcast itself is evidence of the producers' dedication to their art. I've purchased this program for the last couple of years from Audible. I held on to an XM Radio subscription only because they added TAL to their lineup. I've streamed it online. I even offered to help my local public radio station raise money to carry the program JUST so they could carry TAL. The fact that it is now available as a free podcast is a great public service. Since Audible will be refunding this year's subscription price, I plan to send the money to my local public radio affiliate. Thanks, Ira and Gang!!
Best Show on Radio •• not to be missed.
The most honest, heartwarming, sometimes sad, sometimes funny, and always insightful look into our society and culture, incredibly real, and incredibly entertaining. The show has such a following that it has 20 5 star reviews and the first podcast hasn't even been, well 'casted yet. It's THAT good.