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
A doctor named Benjamin Gilmer gets a job at a rural clinic in North Carolina. He’s replaced another doctor named... more
Think back to two summers ago, the summer of 2020, when a series of violent, highly-publicized killings of Black Americans... more
People use machines to find people they lost.
Stories about the intersection of Christmas and retail, originally broadcast in 1996 when our show was only a year old.... more
People earnestly doing what they're told, and absolutely not getting what they were promised.
In 2006, a new convert showed up at a mosque in Orange County, California. Known as Farouk al-Aziz, the convert... more
This bird-focused week, stories about birds and the hearts they sway, the havoc they wreak, the lives they change.
Getting the point across — or trying to, anyway.
A man who was imprisoned for 14 years in Guantanamo Bay, without charges, gets out and issues an invitation to... more
In a world where a virus spreads across the country and most people are not going to movie theaters, we... more