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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.
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165: Americans In Paris

165: Americans In Paris

2019-07-2100:59:2926

Many Americans have dreamy and romantic ideas about Paris, notions which probably trace back to the 1920s vision of Paris created by the expatriate Americans there. But what's it actually like in Paris if you're an American, without rose-colored glasses?
679: Save the Girl

679: Save the Girl

2019-07-1401:01:2973

People go on missions to save young girls from danger. But sometimes they get so caught up in the mission that it overshadows the girl herself.
678: The Wannabes

678: The Wannabes

2019-07-0701:08:3778

This country is crawling in presidential candidates right now and they're bumping into each other in Des Moines and yelling over each other in Miami. We hang out with them, in this weird early period of the election when they're easy to walk right up to.
354: Mistakes Were Made

354: Mistakes Were Made

2019-06-3000:58:47114

It’s the late 1960s, and a California TV repairman named Bob sees an opportunity to help people cheat death with the new science of cryonics. But freezing dead people isn’t easy. And apologizing for the mistakes you make along the way? Even harder.
Adults telling kids who they are, and kids wondering — are they right?
675: I’m on TV??

675: I’m on TV??

2019-05-1900:59:4093

What it's like to be momentarily big on the small screen. 
674: Get a Spine!

674: Get a Spine!

2019-05-1201:03:4168

Stories of people standing up for themselves, shaking off their fear, bracing themselves, and doing what they’ve been scared to do.
673: Left Behind

673: Left Behind

2019-04-2101:04:0732

People figuring out how to move through a world in which something important has disappeared.
672: No Fair!

672: No Fair!

2019-04-0701:02:52111

Stories of very small injustices and also one very big one.
671: Anything Can Be Anything

671: Anything Can Be Anything

2019-03-3101:00:36122

People connecting the dots that maybe should not be connected.
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Comments (741)

Alex Escamilla

I knew what game she was talking about before she even said the game

Jul 23rd
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Myles Murray

Great podcasts

Jul 22nd
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Colbert Williams

Myles Murray Great!

Jul 22nd
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Kevin Brown

bonn b mih

Jul 19th
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American Perspective

It's ok to be whoever we are. Shocking how we're paying for past mistakes we had nothing to do with.

Jul 19th
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L K

its okay to be white.

Jul 19th
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Megan Amort

I genuinely LOVE Zoe Chace's voice

Jul 18th
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Rita Moore

Megan Amort love the voice~

Jul 19th
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Margaret Moore

Is there a documentary on the Sophia Frieda story? If so, where is it found?

Jul 16th
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Alexandra P

Margaret Moore I found the trailer for the documentary referenced in the episode (https://vimeo.com/334472999), but I wasn't able to find the full thing. I get the impression that it's still a work in progress.

Jul 19th
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Joanna Francis

Margaret Moore I also want to know the documentary

Jul 17th
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Ken Gau

so this show is now paid propaganda for the establishment but corrupt democratic candidates?

Jul 14th
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John Buckner

That was so depressing.

Jul 11th
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Peter Spinetta

p I pppppp llllll l l l l l l ll l

Jul 11th
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Claire S

This girl's voice is like nails on a chalkboard for me.

Jul 9th
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Alesha Green

Claire S Agreed, her accent is just really annoying to me!

Jul 22nd
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Jessica H

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Jul 9th
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John Reed

Nice shot at Bernie. Unsubscribing. No trust in npr anymore.

Jul 8th
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Lucy Tobier

John Reed we will have to move on somehow, it will be hard but we can do it.

Jul 9th
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Gordon Muldrow

John Reed Ohhh no...John left. This is catastrophic, how will we ever move on?! 😳😳😳😳😳😳😳

Jul 8th
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Jldubz

13:23 Pete Bootagudgebudgeuege' 😂💀

Jul 8th
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Tressa J. Bauer

0. x x. x.

Jul 5th
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Mae Lee Arant

your intro about "mistakes" takes to task Obama and Clinton's in the reality of the Trump administration? really?!!

Jul 5th
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Tim Pearl

Mae Lee Arant You don't think Clinton and Obama didn't makes mistakes?

Jul 12th
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Shannon OC

I came here to escape politics - it's impossible, apparently. Your narrow view completely ruined this episode for me. Really disappointed, as I love this show.

Jul 4th
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Shannon OC

Wendy Bruder Rude.

Jul 22nd
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Shannon OC

Camille You're absolutely right, on all accounts. Thank you!

Jul 22nd
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Eric Hall

I think my favorite part of the whole podcast was (in the 2nd story) when she said "shit", and her father said "Watch the language." For some reason, it kinda picture-framed him for me and gave me a clearer understanding of what all this meant to him... where he was coming from, his integrity. Even though he later said the same word himself (and immediately apologized 😉)

Jul 3rd
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Melissa Tanudirdja

I cant believe he said at the end that people have 'given'/donated themselves for the science and he can do whatever he likes to them, even 'make burgers'. completely disgusting, that he doesn't see the ethical isssue to it. It's not about the 'contract' but the moral conduct of it all.

Jul 3rd
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Kevin balmer

Seems to be the moral of the story is if your a minority and act like an ignorant schlub, people will find ways to excuse your behvaviour s long it fits their own agenda, and overzealous racial justice warriors are fine as long as its not targeted at other minorities.... Kids are kids and most are ignorant, that's not their fault, it's the adults and education providers failure..

Jul 1st
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