This American Life
Saturday 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM on WUSF 89.7
Ira Glass started working in public radio in 1978, when he was 19, as an intern at NPR's Washington headquarters. Over the course of the next 17 years, he worked on nearly every NPR news show and did nearly every production job they had: he was a tape-cutter, desk assistant, newscast writer, editor, producer, reporter, and substitute host. He spent a year in a high school for NPR, and a year in an elementary school, filing every week or two for All Things Considered. He moved to Chicago in 1989 and put This American Life on the air in November of 1995.
From This American Life
- #610: Grand Gesture
This week we have stories of people going to very extreme measures to demonstrate their feelings. Elna Baker makes a questionable trip to Africa, while a man in Florida commits a series of disturbing acts in the name of love. Ira also goes to a high school to talk to kids before a dance.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/uGCSaTDWYmo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
- #582: When the Beasts Come Marching In
We human beings think we run the world, that we’ve got things under control. And then an animal shows up, and things don’t go as planned. We have stories this week where seals, wolves and a moose drop in and show us who isn't boss.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/6QKSGPl1PKY" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
- #609: It's Working Out Very Nicely
This week we document what happened when the President’s executive order went into effect temporarily banning travel from seven countries, and we talk about the way it was implemented. A major policy change thrown into the world like a fastball with no warning. It’s hard not to ask: “What just happened? What was that all about?”<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/ofjVy8LnDeI" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
- #489: No Coincidence, No Story!
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. See more of your coincidence stories — with photos — <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/page/web-extra-coincidence-photo-stories">here</a>.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/JR0MXw0vHFs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
- #608: The Revolution Starts At Noon
Some people are super-stoked for the political changes that are coming. We hear from them. And others.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/Q_ih4rLwYvo" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
- #577: Something Only I Can See
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 muscular dystrophy who believes she has the same condition as an Olympic athlete.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/zkUnLBEcE14" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
- #607: Didn't We Solve This One?
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 to safety?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/wAWgu_Hx2qk" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
- #572: Transformers
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 shocks her family when she falls in love.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/a2Vin1mDtVE" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
- #606: Just What I Wanted
Stories from people who want something desperately—for Christmas or otherwise—and then have their wishes fulfilled. Or do they?<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/k99POOpc3Rs" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>
- #605: Kid Logic 2016
Stories of kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions. <br><br>An updated version of an episode from 2001, with one story swapped.<img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/talpodcast/~4/YnO2wEBK98g" height="1" width="1" alt=""/>