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This American Life

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  • Location: New York, NY

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This American Life
 is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 2.1 million listeners. It is also often the most popular podcast in the country, with around one million people downloading each week. From 2006-2008, we produced a television version of This American Life on the Showtime network, which won three Emmys. We're also the co-producers, with NPR News, of the economics podcast and blog Planet Money. And a half dozen stories from the radio show are being developed into films.

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In 1912 a four year-old boy named Bobby Dunbar went missing in a swamp in Louisiana. Eight months later, he was found in the hands of a wandering h...

  • Added: Jan 19, 2018
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A year into Trump’s presidency, stories chronicling the sometimes hard, often bad decisions politicians from both parties are making.

  • Added: Jan 19, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, a boy who can’t dribble gets a coach, a new best friend, and something to believe in. Note: This episode was previously called "Chip In...

  • Added: Jan 12, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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There’s a program that brings together kids from two schools. One school is public and in the country’s poorest congressional district. The other i...

  • Added: Jan 05, 2018
  • Length: 59:00
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This week, stories about people trying their best to turn themselves into something else—like a badger. Or a professional comedian, in a language t...

  • Added: Dec 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Even the best laid plans can go catastrophically wrong when humans get involved. This week, people bungle simple operations on some of the most dan...

  • Added: Dec 22, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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​In our second hour from ​Albertville, Ala., we head into town. A wave of immigrants, both documented and undocumented, transformed the town. After...

  • Added: Dec 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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The man whose views on immigration are a cornerstone of Trump administration policy—Attorney General Jeff Sessions—apparently came to his opinions ...

  • Added: Dec 13, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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San Francisco’s Spider-Man burglar was remarkable. He dropped into buildings from skylights, leapt 10 feet from one roof to another. But mostly, hi...

  • Added: Dec 01, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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On the 30th anniversary of his death, the story of Harold Washington, the greatest politician you've probably never heard of, and the story of the...

  • Added: Nov 24, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Stories of people who decide to rethink the way they’ve been doing things... or try to get others to do that. Including the story of a veteran who ...

  • Added: Nov 17, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Can a monkey have constitutional rights? Can a person be a horse? This week, stories about a very real human urge to permanently blur the human/ani...

  • Added: Nov 10, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they'll get a huge bo...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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There are so many facts about the world that we take for granted, without ever questioning how we know them. Of course the Earth revolves around th...

  • Added: Oct 27, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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We all love to travel to different places, but not many of us like the stressful, banal process of the journey. This week, stories about people get...

  • Added: Oct 20, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Stories that take place on the edge of civilization, just out of sight.

  • Added: Oct 13, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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This week we ask: who thought that would be a good for a kid? Neil Drumming looks back at a toy he loved that, in retrospect, probably wouldn’t lov...

  • Added: Oct 06, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Stories about mysteries that exist in relationships we thought couldn't possibly surprise us, the strangeness of putting our wants on the line with...

  • Added: Sep 29, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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A black comedian was the spiritual leader of a group of guys he advised on how to get women. At the center of his philosophy: no masturbation. Then...

  • Added: Sep 25, 2017
  • Length: 59:00
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Words can seem so puny and ineffective sometimes. On this show, we have stories in which ordinary people make last ditch efforts to get through to ...

  • Added: Sep 15, 2017
  • Length: 59:00