About Discover Search
Log In or Register
This American Life, syndicated automatically via RSS. This American Life is an American weekly hour-long radio program produced by WBEZ and hosted by Ira Glass. Primarily a journalistic non-fiction program, it has also featured essays, memoirs, field recordings, short fiction, and found footage.
619: The Magic Show

Just a few years before he got the internship at NPR that started him in radio, our host Ira Glass had another career. He performed magic at children's birthday parties. A powerful sense of embarrassment has prevented him from ever doing an episode on the subject, but when he learned that producer David Kestenbaum was also a kid conjurer, they decided to dive in together.

DislikeComment
652: ICE Capades

Dispatches from a government agency in its tumultuous teenage years. 

DislikeComment
652: Crime Scene 2018

Every crime scene hides a story. In this week's show, we hear about crime scenes and the stories they tell.

DislikeComment
651: If You Build It, Will They Come?

A young preacher opens a new church. A new restaurant reopens old wounds. This week, stories of people trying to build something that will last.

DislikeComment
617: Fermi’s Paradox

Three people grapple with the question, “Are we alone?”

DislikeComment
650: Change You Can Maybe Believe In

An innocent man forgives the cop who framed him. An Argentinian talk show that usually treats women as objects suddenly gets really interested in feminism. This week, stories about changes that seem too tidy to be true.

DislikeComment
649: It's My Party and I'll Try If I Want To

Democrats are desperate to retake part of Congress. Their best shot is the House. This fall, they’ll be slugging it out with Republicans—but in the meantime, they’re slugging it out with each other. The progressive and moderate wings of the Democratic party are going head-to-head in Democratic primaries all over the country right now, wrestling over what the party should be and stand for. This week, we have the story of a candidate in one primary like that.

DislikeComment
560: Abdi and the Golden Ticket

A story about someone who's desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American. Abdi is a Somali refugee living in Kenya and gets the luckiest break of his life: he wins a lottery that puts him on a short list for a U.S. visa. This is his ticket out. But before he can cash in his golden ticket, the police start raiding his neighborhood, targeting refugees. 

Abdi has a memoir out on Tuesday called "Call Me American." He's also going on a short book tour.

DislikeComment
648: Unteachable Moment

Stories about people trying to learn something when no one is clear what the lesson is supposed to be. 

DislikeComment
233: Starting From Scratch

Stories of people starting over, sometimes because they want to, other times because they have to.

DislikeComment
647: LaDonna

A security guard at the airport notices something going wrong on the tarmac, and takes it upon herself to fix it. It’s way harder than she expects. 

DislikeComment
646: The Secret of My Death

Cryptic messages on a cell phone and a teeter totter at a construction site: these are clues people found, trying to make sense of a death.

DislikeComment
339: Break-Up

Writer Starlee Kine on what makes the perfect break-up song and whether really sad music can actually make you feel better. Plus, an eight-year-old author of a book about divorce, and other stories from the heart of heartbreak.

DislikeComment
645: My Effing First Amendment

Conservative students don't feel like their ideas are welcome on campus. So they're fighting back. We go to Nebraska, where one skirmish spins out of control. 

DislikeComment
644: Random Acts of History

Stories about people who accidentally bump into unsettling facts of history in settings meant to teach them history. What they end up learning is very different from what they’re supposed to.

DislikeComment
304: Heretics

The story of Reverend Carlton Pearson, a rising star in the evangelical movement, who cast aside the idea of hell, and with it everything he'd worked for over his entire life.

DislikeComment
643: Damned If You Do…

It’s one thing to weigh pros and cons. But sometimes all you have is con and con. This week, stories of people having to make a choice, when no good options exist.

DislikeComment
642: The Impossible Dream

Before he leaves the Senate for good, Republican Jeff Flake is trying to get a bill passed. He has his work cut out for him, with a Senate that barely brings anything to the floor, a party he feels estranged from, and a president who seems to hate his guts. Producer Zoe Chace hung out with him for four months.

DislikeComment
289: Go Ask Your Father

Sons and daughters get to find out the one thing they've always wanted to know about their father. The answers aren't always what they hope for.

DislikeComment
306: Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time

A girl signs up for a class. A couple hires an accountant. A group of co-workers decides to pool their money and buy a couple of lottery tickets. In the beginning, they're full of hope and optimism...and then something turns. Stories of good ideas gone bad.

DislikeComment