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This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.
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663: How I Read It

Sun, 12/09/2018 - 6:00pm
Documents you don't normally think of, showing you things you didn't expect. 
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479: Little War on the Prairie

Sun, 12/02/2018 - 6:00pm
Growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, John Biewen says, nobody ever talked about the most important historical event ever to happen there: in 1862, it was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hanged after a war with white settlers. John went back to Minnesota to figure out what really happened 150 years ago, and why Minnesotans didn’t talk about it much after.
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492: Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde

Sun, 11/25/2018 - 6:00pm
Dr. Benjamin Gilmer gets a job at a rural clinic. He finds out he’s replaced someone — also named Dr. Gilmer — who went to prison after killing his own father. But the more Benjamin’s patients talk about the other Dr. Gilmer, the more confused he becomes. Everyone loved the old Dr. Gilmer. So Benjamin starts digging around, trying to understand how a good man can seemingly turn bad.
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662: Where There Is a Will

Sun, 11/18/2018 - 6:00pm
Stories of people who believe there is always a way. And also those who don’t.
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661: But That's What Happened

Sun, 11/11/2018 - 6:00pm
Stories of women in unsettling situations. When they try to explain what’s wrong, they’re told that they don’t understand—that there’s nothing unsettling about it.
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660: Hoaxing Yourself

Sun, 11/04/2018 - 5:00pm
Stories of people who tell a lie and then believe the lie more than anyone else does. In other words: Stories about people pulling hoaxes...on themselves.
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351: Return to Childhood

Sun, 10/28/2018 - 6:00pm
Stories of people who try to revisit their childhoods—what they find and what they do not find.
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528: The Radio Drama Episode

Sun, 10/21/2018 - 6:00pm
Our most ambitious live show ever! We pulled together a massive team of theater pros at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Opera House—nearly 50 singers, actors, dancers and musicians. The result? Journalism turned into a Broadway musical (hear the cast album), into opera. Mike Birbiglia, Sasheer Zamata, Stephin Merritt, Josh Hamilton, Lindsay Mendez, Lin-Manuel Miranda and others. Watch a video of the live performance or download it for $5.
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659: Before the Next One

Sun, 10/14/2018 - 6:00pm
There’s no rulebook on how to handle a school shooting. And no real way to prepare for one. This week, people take what they’ve learned from these tragedies and try to use that knowledge to save others.
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658: The Unhappy Deciders

Sun, 10/07/2018 - 6:00pm
Making big decisions about other people's lives can feel pretty awful. Zoe Chace followed Senator Jeff Flake as he decided to force the Senate to delay its vote on Judge Kavanaugh. And other stories.
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489: No Coincidence, No Story!

Sun, 09/30/2018 - 6:00pm
We asked listeners to send us their best coincidence stories, and we got more than 1,300 submissions! There were so many good ones we decided to make a whole show about them. From a chance encounter at a bus station to a romantic dollar bill to a baffling apparition in a college shower stall. 
Categories: Syndicated

657: The Runaways

Sun, 09/23/2018 - 6:00pm
A bunch of teenagers go missing from a town in Long Island. For months, the police treat them as runaways, ignoring the kids' parents, who keep trying to tell them otherwise. They keep trying to tell them that something much worse might have happened.
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656: Let Me Count the Ways

Sun, 09/16/2018 - 6:00pm
Yes, youʼve heard about the family separations. Youʼve heard about the travel ban. But there are dozens of ways the Trump administration is cracking down on immigration across many agencies, sometimes in ways so small and technical it doesnʼt make headlines. This week, the quiet bureaucratic war that’s even targeting legal immigrants.
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402: Save the Day

Sun, 09/09/2018 - 6:00pm
Stories about one person single-handedly taking charge of a situation gone wrong—including one man's mission to rescue two kids who were kidnapped by alleged murderers and taken to Mexico, and another about a professor's mission to keep the educators of a liberal arts college from extinction.
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504: How I Got Into College

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 6:00pm
Students all over are starting college this month, and some of them still have a nagging question: what, exactly, got me in? An admissions officer tells us the most wrongheaded things applicants try. And Michael Lewis has the incredible story of how a stolen library book got one man — Emir Kamenica — into his dream school.
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655: The Not-So-Great Unknown

Sun, 08/26/2018 - 6:00pm
What happens when unadventurous people end up in adventurous situations. Like an astronaut who goes to places no one has gone before, even though he’s not really into outer space.
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