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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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673: Left Behind

673: Left Behind

2019-04-2101:05:46

People figuring out how to move through a world in which something important has disappeared.
589: Tell Me I’m Fat

589: Tell Me I’m Fat

2019-04-1401:09:1319

The way people talk about being fat is shifting. With one-third of Americans classified as overweight, and another third as obese, and almost none of us losing weight and keeping it off, maybe it’s time to rethink the way we see being fat. A show inspired by Lindy West’s book Shrill.
672: No Fair!

672: No Fair!

2019-04-0701:04:2784

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

671: Anything Can Be Anything

2019-03-3101:01:23101

People connecting the dots that maybe should not be connected.
670: Beware the Jabberwock

670: Beware the Jabberwock

2019-03-1701:07:52188

Stories from the upside-down world where conspiracy theorists dwell.
The Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee may have to fight to protect Mueller's investigation and make his report public. Now that they’re in the majority, they have new tools they can use. Our producer Zoe Chace spent weeks behind the scenes with them as they tried out their new powers for the first time. This and other stories of people scrambling to get their footing on some challenging terrain.
668: The Long Fuse

668: The Long Fuse

2019-02-1701:04:24131

People tossing words out into the world impulsively. And how they ignite and burn. Over decades.
667: Wartime Radio

667: Wartime Radio

2019-02-0301:05:23127

Intimate and personal dispatches from two very different battlefields: A small town in the Syrian war. And the U.S. opioid epidemic. Each came from a DIY radio outfit. (Okay, one’s a podcast.)
Satan! In his many surprising manifestations, all around us.
665: Before Things Went to Hell

665: Before Things Went to Hell

2019-01-1300:54:49128

We revisit those moments of calm before the storm, when things could have gone very differently, but instead, they went to hell.
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Comments (561)

Steve Bowe

not kids but adults with cerebral palsy the pain, fatigue due to agin. wh@t physical, mental emotional problems that arise from some of the aging with cerebral palsy and who is this a that something isn't wrong when you feel that is wrong!

Apr 25th
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Mark Matthieu

what a great episose

Apr 24th
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Ma Ga

How unfortunate that the parents of so many children decided to break the law and put their whole family in such a heart breaking situation.

Apr 23rd
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Ali B

Ma Ga Oh just shut up. Parents who do things like that do so because it's the best chance for their family. How nice for you to grow up in a first world country where you and your parents were never faced with that decision.

Apr 23rd
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PK Bratney

Dear This American Life. Can you please produce a new episode that ISN'T somehow about Trump, politics, immigration, climate change, or some other such hot button topic? It is just so repetitive and exhausting. Maybe for a change, you could just make an interesting story about some other aspect of life in America.

Apr 22nd
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Alex Mercedes

wasn't it also David Kasselbaum a few episodes back who felt great despair about us being alone in the universe? hmm.. I feel a little voyeuristic or something, like I'm reading deep secret diary entries...

Apr 22nd
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Disciple

how dare they enforce their laws

Apr 22nd
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James Colton

"They did everything they said they would do, and we just didn't see that coming." Infuriating.

Apr 22nd
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Jake D.

Does this episode attempt to normalize being overweight?

Apr 21st
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Mike Workman

this is shuch a great episode! The comparison of pre K children & NBA basketball stars is outstanding.

Apr 21st
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Michael Cliby

yo how can you not understand that anyone who had a dog would jump in for the dog! i would have a million times over and over and its sad more people wouldnt

Apr 20th
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nardawg

picking a mate is largely subconscious and genetic. women tend to prefer tall, muscular men and men tend towards women with hour glass physiques. there are biologic advantages to picking a partner with these characteristics for a variety of reasons. to blame people for having these prefences is rediculous. this is like having anepisode with guys who don't work out and then they get in shape and all of a sudden they are getting hit on and complaining that women wouldn't be as attracted to them if they stopped working out..

Apr 20th
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Victoria Niemeijer

Cried my eyes out. The emotion in the voices of the tsunami survivors (whom I cannot understand) says more than a thousand words.

Apr 19th
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Debra Owens

truth isn't right or left go back to Fox and Sinclair to get you biased rightwing spin

Apr 19th
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Joe Toaster

How dare you. How dare you end the episode that way. I've had a few beers tonight and I don't appreciate being made to cry without notice.

Apr 18th
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dok dicer

This British twat is so infuriating. Postcolinalist attitude at its worst. First the British destroy the area with colonialism, then their heirs sail around its waters as if the land still belongs to them and finally they go about accusing the local people who actually want to help them of thievery. Barring any big surprise later in the report, T.I. does sound credible to me. Very good, multiperspective reporting, anyway.

Apr 18th
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Seth Garrett Runsick

I like how they say the Chinese woman was the most successful pirate but umm she married into it....

Apr 18th
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jacob kemper

changing how we talk about fat women actually.

Apr 17th
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Alex W

This is so humbling to listen to. We sometimes forget to appreciate the opportunities that we have and take for granted the safe environments that we live in.

Apr 17th
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Gabriel

Alex W we should cherish what we have and be grateful all the time

Apr 18th
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Seth Garrett Runsick

what do you expect from a liberal leaning podcast?

Apr 17th
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Scott Spence

Violent Nipples?

Apr 17th
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