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This American Life returns with a second season of incredibly moving, sometimes funny, and always dramatic stories culled from around the country. Host Ira Glass guides audiences through each episode with a direct, informal style. Surprising, funny, dramatic.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEscape||In the second season debut, people escape from home without going very far. In Philadelphia, teenage boys find ways to impress girls using a mode of transport obsolete since the 19th century; a young man's fight for independence from his mother would be normal for most kids, except for some special circumstances.||28:28||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoTwo Wars||Two foreigners in the U.S., in the aftermath of two very different wars, try to make sense of life here. A young Iraqi arrives in America after fleeing his war-torn homeland and embarks on a road trip to let Americans ask him anything they want, with hilarious and poignant results; a Bulgarian man in Rhode Island realizes that an ongoing argument with his American wife about lawn maintenance has to do with the life he left 20 years ago, on the other side of the Iron Curtain.||27:37||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoGoing Down In History||Stories of people making (or trying to remake) history. A pair of Wisconsin convicts gain local fame for almost escaping prison using dental floss; high school students pose for smiley yearbook snapshots, which capture nothing of the drama in their lives; a man with a 30-year obsession with one particular bird unveils the grainy, Big Foot-style video evidence that he actually saw it.||28:54||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoUnderdogs||There's a whole world of boxing way down the food chain from championship fights, and the stakes are high even without media hype and massive cash prizes. Two boxers in Tennessee who've known each other all their lives face off in a match that neither can afford to lose; a group of kids in New York learns to fight bullies the old-fashioned way: by being funny.||25:27||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoEvery Marriage Is a Courtroom||Cartoonist Chris Ware animates a true story which demonstrates that every marriage, even the happiest, is a courtroom battle; a husband's obsession with a legal battle forces the most basic marital questions into the open: What do I need? And, what can I put up with?||28:58||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoJohn Smith||In this episode, we learn the true life stories of several people named John Smith: the parents of 11-week-old John Smith of South Carolina reel from revelation that he's a boy, when their sonogram predicted a girl; 23-year-old John Smith of Laramie, Wyoming, has made some mistakes and is appearing in front of a judge; and 46-year-old John Smith of Texas welcomes his son back from Iraq.||50:46||$2.99||View In iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNo Respect||Three pieces about comedy…COMEDY KIDS: Kids of varying ages attend a comedy camp to mixed results. A NIGHT AT THE BIG FISH: What is it like to do stand-up comedy at a venue where you are not welcome, where the audience isn't just disinterested but they are downright hostile? Does it make you a better performer? Or is it an experience you'd never want to repeat? TRAGEDY MINUS COMEDY EQUALS TIME: Shot at a theater on 16mm film in front of a live audience, comedian Mike Birbiglia tells the story of the time he ruined a cancer charity event by giving the worst performance of his life. (Here's a hint: he improvised.)||28:13||$2.99||View In iTunes|
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Absolutely incredible human interest journalism
If you enjoy the podcast, you will love this program. Ira Glass can ignite your interest in the seemingly mundane, and impart an appreciation of the most unlikely of subjects. From a technical standpoint, the show is beautifully produced and an absolute joy to watch. Rarely do I find television programs worth purchasing on iTunes, but this series is definitely worth a try.
Monday Is My Favorite Day Of The Week
Sure, Mondays usually indicate the end of the weekend and the start of another work week. For me, it means another This American Life is available on iTunes. The show never disappoints and every week I am almost surprised by how great it really is.
Ira Glass is possibly my favorite person. Ever.
okay- BUY? what?
Ira is great -but really? Why is he selling this stuff? Okay, anyway I heard the audio podcast of DogSoup and found new comer Greg Fee very refreshing and real. Finally some good things to listen to.