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This American Life
This American Life
This American Life

This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million... more

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Episodes

492: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde

A doctor named Benjamin Gilmer gets a job at a rural clinic in North Carolina. He’s replaced another doctor named... more

16 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
758: Talking While Black

Think back to two summers ago, the summer of 2020, when a series of violent, highly-publicized killings of Black Americans... more

09 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
757: The Ghost in the Machine

People use machines to find people they lost.

02 Jan 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
47: Christmas and Commerce

Stories about the intersection of Christmas and retail, originally broadcast in 1996 when our show was only a year old.... more

26 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
756: But I Did Everything Right

People earnestly doing what they're told, and absolutely not getting what they were promised.

12 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
755: The Convert

In 2006, a new convert showed up at a mosque in Orange County, California. Known as Farouk al-Aziz, the convert... more

05 Dec 2021 · 1 hour, 1 minute
754: Spark Bird

This bird-focused week, stories about birds and the hearts they sway, the havoc they wreak, the lives they change.

28 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
753: What We’ve Got Here is Failure to Communicate

Getting the point across — or trying to, anyway.

14 Nov 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
752: An Invitation to Tea

A man who was imprisoned for 14 years in Guantanamo Bay, without charges, gets out and issues an invitation to... more

31 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
751: Audience of One

In a world where a virus spreads across the country and most people are not going to movie theaters, we... more

24 Oct 2021 · 1 hour, 11 minutes
This American Life
492: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde
This American Life