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This American Life
This American Life
This American Life

Each week we choose a theme. Then anything can happen. This American Life is true stories that unfold like little movies for... more

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800: Jane Doe

Five years after the #MeToo explosion, what’s happened in the lives of the women who stepped forward and went public... more

28 May 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
508: Superpowers

We answer the following questions about superpowers: Can superheroes be real people? (No.) Can real people become superheroes? (Maybe.) And... more

21 May 2023 · 59 minutes
799: The Lives of Others

Looping thoughts about people you barely know, or don't know at all.  Prologue: We get a tip that an entire town... more

14 May 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
798: Leaving the Fold

A week after Jerry Springer’s death, we go back to a story we first broadcast years ago, about a side... more

07 May 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
797: What I Was Thinking As We Were Sinking

It's funny the things that go through your head during a disaster. Prologue: Host Ira Glass has fallen off his bike... more

23 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
796: What Lies Beneath

Summoning up stuff that’s usually hidden down deep. Prologue: A beloved drawing goes missing from Mr. Ablao’s third grade classroom. The... more

16 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
795: Nine Months Later

It’s been nine months since Roe v. Wade was overturned. We talk to people who wanted abortions right when the... more

09 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
794: So Close and Yet So Far

People ​so close to each other, ​in ​extremely intimate situations​,​ who are also a million miles apart. Prologue: Valerie Kipnis tells Ira about riding... more

26 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
793: The Problem with Ghosts

The ghosts that visit us, the ghosts that never do, and the ghosts that walk among us. Prologue: Chaunte Vaughn’s mother... more

12 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
792: When to Leave

People staring down that hardest of questions: Is now the time? To leave? Prologue: Russian forces have besieged the town of... more

05 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
This American Life
800: Jane Doe
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