This American Life

Podcast Favorites This American Life

: This American Life Website

: Podcast

: 11 episodes

Primarily a journalistic non-fiction program, it has also featured essays, memoirs, field recordings, short fiction, and found footage.

This American Life

Will I Know Anyone at This Party?

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: 3 years ago

: Oct 28th, 2016

Right now lots of Republicans feel like they don't recognize their own party. Like a Minnesota congressman who's confused when the residents in his district, people he's known for years, start calling for a ban on Muslims moving to their town.
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This American Life

Seriously?

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: 3 years ago

: Oct 21st, 2016

Watching lies become the truth in this year's election. And a few people who try to bridge the gap between the way the two sides see the facts.
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This American Life

One Last Thing Before I Go

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: 3 years ago

: Aug 23rd, 2016

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 their loved ones, using a combination of small talk and not-so-small talk.
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Choosing Wrong

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: 3 years ago

: Jun 24th, 2016

Stories of people making the wrong choice, even though the right one is staring them squarely in the eye. Basketball players making a conscious decision to not do the thing that makes them better, pollsters refusing to see the truth of Donald Trump, and more.
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Tell Me I'm Fat

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: 3 years ago

: Jun 17th, 2016

The way people talk about being fat is shifting. With one-third of Americans classified as overweight, and another third as obese, and almost none of us losing weight and keeping it off, maybe it's time to rethink the way we see being fat. A show inspired by Lindy West's book Shrill.
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Mind Games

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: 3 years ago

: Jun 3rd, 2016

Stories of people who try simple mind games on others, and then find themselves in way over their heads.
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The Problem We All Live With

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: 3 years ago

: Jul 31st, 2015

Right now, all sorts of people are trying to rethink and reinvent education, to get poor minority kids performing as well as white kids. But there's one thing nobody tries anymore, despite lots of evidence that it works: desegregation. Nikole Hannah-Jones looks at a district that, not long ago, accidentally launched a desegregation program.
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NUMMI 2015

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: 3 years ago

: Jul 17th, 2015

A car plant in Fremont California that might have saved the U.S. car industry. In 1984, General Motors and Toyota opened NUMMI as a joint venture. Toyota showed GM the secrets of its production system: How it made cars of much higher quality and much lower cost than GM achieved. Frank Langfitt explains why GM didn't learn the lessons-until it was too late.
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Birds And Bees

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: 3 years ago

: May 15th, 2015

Some information is so big and so complicated that it seems impossible to talk to kids about. This week, stories about the vague and not-so-vague ways to teach children about race, death and sex - including a story about colleges responding to sexual assault by trying to teach students how to ask for consent. Also, a story about how and when to teach kids about the horrors of slavery and oppression in America.
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Who Do We Think We Are?

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: 3 years ago

: May 6th, 2015

It's nice to belong, to feel connected to others. But what happens when you realize that your fundamental beliefs don't line up with the people you want to be close to? Do you bring it up? And, what does that conversation sound like? Including a story by Mariya Karimjee, pictured. Guest host Sean Cole sits in for Ira.
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Father's Day 2011

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: 3 years ago

: Jun 17th, 2011

Yes yes yes you've heard it all before, when it comes to stories of fathers and their children. There's the story of the kid who idolizes his dad, but then learns something and becomes disappointed. Or the opposite story, where the kid gives up on his dad when he's still young, and then much later comes to have a grudging respect. This week for fathers day: surprising stories of fathers trying to be good dads.
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