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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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560: Abdi and the Golden Ticket

Sun, 06/17/2018 - 6:00pm
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.
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648: Unteachable Moment

Sun, 06/10/2018 - 6:00pm
Stories about people trying to learn something when no one is clear what the lesson is supposed to be. 
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233: Starting From Scratch

Sun, 06/03/2018 - 6:00pm
Stories of people starting over, sometimes because they want to, other times because they have to.
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647: LaDonna

Sun, 05/27/2018 - 6:00pm
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. 
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646: The Secret of My Death

Sun, 05/20/2018 - 6:00pm
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.
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339: Break-Up

Sun, 05/13/2018 - 6:00pm
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.
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645: My Effing First Amendment

Sun, 05/06/2018 - 6:00pm
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. 
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644: Random Acts of History

Sun, 04/29/2018 - 6:00pm
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.
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304: Heretics

Sun, 04/22/2018 - 6:00pm
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.
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643: Damned If You Do…

Sun, 04/15/2018 - 6:00pm
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.
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642: The Impossible Dream

Sun, 04/08/2018 - 6:00pm
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.
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289: Go Ask Your Father

Sun, 04/01/2018 - 6:00pm
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.
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306: Seemed Like A Good Idea at the Time

Sun, 03/25/2018 - 6:00pm
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.
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641: The Walls

Sun, 03/18/2018 - 6:00pm
Stories from border walls around the world, where one place ends and another begins. And the strange ecosystems that arise.
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241: 20 Acts in 60 Minutes

Sun, 03/11/2018 - 5:00pm
Instead of the usual "each week we choose a theme, and bring you 3 or 4 stories on that theme" business, we throw all that away and bring you 20 stories—yes, 20—in 60 minutes.
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640: Five Women

Sun, 03/04/2018 - 6:00pm
A different kind of #MeToo story, about several women who worked for the same man. They tell us not only about their troubling encounters with him, but also about their lives beforehand. Who were they when they entered the workplace, and how did their personal histories shape the way they dealt with his harassment?
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