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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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#234: Say Anything


Published: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Does talking about it really help? Stories where it does, and stories where it doesn't, including a man who tried to battle his fears by listing them. He ended up with a list 138 items long...


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#618: Mr. Lie Detector


Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: A polygraph operator and his strange journey. And other stories...


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#618: Mr. Lie Detector


Published: Mon, 12 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: A polygraph operator and his strange journey. And other stories...


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#246: My Pen Pal


Published: Mon, 05 Jun 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Stories of very unusual pen pals, including a ten-year-old girl from Michigan who befriends Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega. A show from 2003 that we’re bringing back with news this week of Noriega’s death...


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#589: Tell Me I’m Fat


Published: Mon, 29 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: 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 insp..


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#617: Fermi’s Paradox


Published: Mon, 22 May 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Three people grapple with the question, “Are we alone?”..


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#577: Something Only I Can See


Published: Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: When you’re the only one who can see something, sometimes it feels like you’re in on a special secret. The hard part is getting anyone to believe your secret is real. This week, people trying to show others what they see—including a woman with muscu..


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#607: Didn’t We Solve This One?


Published: Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: We’ve fought two wars since 9/11. We got help from tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans—some were targeted or killed because they helped us. We owe these people. We’ve passed laws that say so. So why has it been so hard for us to get many of them..


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#607: Didn’t We Solve This One?


Published: Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: We’ve fought two wars since 9/11. We got help from tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans—some were targeted or killed because they helped us. We owe these people. We’ve passed laws that say so. So why has it been so hard for us to get many of them..


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#572: Transformers


Published: Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: For the New Year, as people everywhere make resolutions, we have stories of people deciding to make very big changes. A prisoner who hasn't talked to anyone in years comes up with a bold plan to re-introduce himself to the world. A 90-year-old woman shoc..


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#572: Transformers


Published: Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: For the New Year, as people everywhere make resolutions, we have stories of people deciding to make very big changes. A prisoner who hasn't talked to anyone in years comes up with a bold plan to re-introduce himself to the world. A 90-year-old woman shoc..


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#606: Just What I Wanted


Published: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Stories from people who want something desperately—for Christmas or otherwise—and then have their wishes fulfilled. Or do they?..


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#605: Kid Logic 2016


Published: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Stories of kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions. An updated version of an episode from 2001, with one story swapped...


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#604: 20 Years Later


Published: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Samantha Broun talks to cops, politicians, inmates, and family closest to the crime that changed policy 20 years ago for inmates serving life sentences in Pennsylvania. It's a crime Samantha knows well, because it happened to her mom...


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#572: Transformers


Published: Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: For the New Year, as people everywhere make resolutions, we have stories of people deciding to make very big changes. A prisoner who hasn't talked to anyone in years comes up with a bold plan to re-introduce himself to the world. A 90-year-old woman shoc..


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#606: Just What I Wanted


Published: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Stories from people who want something desperately—for Christmas or otherwise—and then have their wishes fulfilled. Or do they?..


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#606: Just What I Wanted


Published: Mon, 26 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Stories from people who want something desperately—for Christmas or otherwise—and then have their wishes fulfilled. Or do they?..


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#605: Kid Logic 2016


Published: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Stories of kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions. An updated version of an episode from 2001, with one story swapped...


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#605: Kid Logic 2016


Published: Mon, 19 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Stories of kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions. An updated version of an episode from 2001, with one story swapped...


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#604: 20 Years Later


Published: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Samantha Broun talks to cops, politicians, inmates, and family closest to the crime that changed policy 20 years ago for inmates serving life sentences in Pennsylvania. It's a crime Samantha knows well, because it happened to her mom...


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#604: 20 Years Later


Published: Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Samantha Broun talks to cops, politicians, inmates, and family closest to the crime that changed policy 20 years ago for inmates serving life sentences in Pennsylvania. It's a crime Samantha knows well, because it happened to her mom...


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#603: Once More, With Feeling


Published: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Stories of people who decide to rethink the way they’ve been doing things... or try to get others to do that. Including the story of a veteran who finds a new way to talk about war...


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#603: Once More, With Feeling


Published: Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Stories of people who decide to rethink the way they’ve been doing things... or try to get others to do that. Including the story of a veteran who finds a new way to talk about war...


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#571: The Heart Wants What It Wants


Published: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Emily Dickinson said “The heart wants what it wants.” This week stories from people who take that notion to extremes, and are unapologetic about it...


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#571: The Heart Wants What It Wants


Published: Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Emily Dickinson said “The heart wants what it wants.” This week stories from people who take that notion to extremes, and are unapologetic about it...


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#334: Duty Calls


Published: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Josh's mother and younger brother were a mess. His mother drank too much. His brother got arrested a lot. Josh hadn't lived with them since he was nine, and they didn't play much of a role in his daily life—until duty called, and they took over his life..


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#334: Duty Calls


Published: Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Josh's mother and younger brother were a mess. His mother drank too much. His brother got arrested a lot. Josh hadn't lived with them since he was nine, and they didn't play much of a role in his daily life—until duty called, and they took over his life..


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#602: The Sun Comes Up


Published: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: People around the country talking about the coming four years. Some of them exultant, some of them, as President Obama said Wednesday, "less so."..


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#602: The Sun Comes Up


Published: Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: People around the country talking about the coming four years. Some of them exultant, some of them, as President Obama said Wednesday, "less so."..


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#601: Master of Her Domain… Name


Published: Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: A story about Hillary Clinton that offers a different picture than what we’ve been hearing from both sides during this campaign. And some funny stuff, because everyone’s tired of the election...


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#601: Master of Her Domain… Name


Published: Mon, 07 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: A story about Hillary Clinton that offers a different picture than what we’ve been hearing from both sides during this campaign. And some funny stuff, because everyone’s tired of the election...


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#600: Will I Know Anyone at This Party?


Published: Sat, 29 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: This week: Republicans struggling with the split in their own party...


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#599: Seriously?


Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: 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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#600: Will I Know Anyone at This Party?


Published: Sat, 29 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Right now a lot of Republicans feel like they don’t recognize their own party. This week, we try to get inside their heads...


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#599: Seriously?


Published: Mon, 24 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: 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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#502: This Call May Be Recorded... To Save Your Life


Published: Mon, 17 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: A journalist named Meron Estefanos gets a disturbing tip. She's given a phone number that supposedly belongs to a group of refugees being held hostage in the Sinai desert. She dials the number, and soon dozens of strangers are begging her to rescue them. ..


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#598: My Undesirable Talent


Published: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: San Francisco’s Spider-Man burglar was remarkable. He dropped into buildings from skylights, leapt 10 feet from one roof to another. But mostly, his talent got him into trouble. This week, his story, and stories of other undesirable talents...


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#598: My Undesirable Talent


Published: Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: San Francisco’s Spider-Man burglar was remarkable. He dropped into buildings from skylights, leapt 10 feet from one roof to another. But mostly, his talent got him into trouble. This week, his story, and stories of other undesirable talents...


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#560: Abdi and the Golden Ticket


Published: Mon, 03 Oct 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: 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 l..


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#597: One Last Thing Before I Go


Published: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: 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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#597: One Last Thing Before I Go


Published: Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: 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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#562: The Problem We All Live With


Published: Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: 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..


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#596: Becoming a Badger


Published: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: This week, stories about people trying their best to turn themselves into something else—like a badger. Or a professional comedian, in a language they didn’t grow up speaking...


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#596: Becoming a Badger


Published: Mon, 12 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: This week, stories about people trying their best to turn themselves into something else—like a badger. Or a professional comedian, in a language they didn’t grow up speaking...


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#567: What’s Going On In There?


Published: Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Often we see someone’s situation from the outside and think we know exactly what’s going on. This week we get inside and find out just how much more interesting the reality of it is. Including a teenaged girl who records a remarkable story about the ..


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#567: What’s Going On In There?


Published: Mon, 05 Sep 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Often we see someone’s situation from the outside and think we know exactly what’s going on. This week we get inside and find out just how much more interesting the reality of it is. Including a teenaged girl who records a remarkable story about the ..


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#595: Deep End of the Pool


Published: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: What do you do when you're thrown into a situation you’re not prepared for? And while you’re flailing around—what happens to the people who depend on you? This week we present stories of people who find themselves in over their heads, including an a..


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#595: Deep End of the Pool


Published: Mon, 29 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: What do you do when you're thrown into a situation you’re not prepared for? And while you’re flailing around—what happens to the people who depend on you? This week we present stories of people who find themselves in over their heads, including an a..


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#447: The Incredible Case of the P.I. Moms


Published: Mon, 22 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: What do you get when you take a private investigation firm, toss in a bunch of sexy soccer moms, then add official sponsorship from Glock firearms, a lying boss, and delusions of grandeur? This week's show. That's what you get. Pete Crooks' original art..


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#594: My Summer Self


Published: Mon, 15 Aug 2016 00:00:00 +0000
Summary: Summer is a time when change seems more possible than ever. But is that really how it happens? Can people actually reinvent themselves in the warmer months? This week we present stories — and some comedy — about people and their summer selves...


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