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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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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.
Categories: Syndicated

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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508: Superpowers

Sun, 08/19/2018 - 6:00pm
We answer the following questions about superpowers: Can superheroes be real people? (No.) Can real people become superheroes? (Maybe.) And which is better: flight or invisibility? (Depends who you ask.) 
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654: The Feather Heist

Sun, 08/12/2018 - 6:00pm
A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds. 
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653: Crime Scene

Sun, 08/05/2018 - 6:00pm
Every crime scene hides a story. In this week's show, we hear about crime scenes and the stories they tell.
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619: The Magic Show

Sun, 07/29/2018 - 6:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

652: ICE Capades

Sun, 07/22/2018 - 6:00pm
Dispatches from a government agency in its tumultuous teenage years. 
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652: Crime Scene 2018

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 6:00pm
Every crime scene hides a story. In this week's show, we hear about crime scenes and the stories they tell.
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651: If You Build It, Will They Come?

Sun, 07/15/2018 - 6:00pm
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.
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617: Fermi’s Paradox

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 6:00pm
Three people grapple with the question, “Are we alone?”
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650: Change You Can Maybe Believe In

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 6:00pm
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.
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649: It's My Party and I'll Try If I Want To

Sun, 06/24/2018 - 6:00pm
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.
Categories: Syndicated

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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