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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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542: Wait—Do You Have The Map?

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 6:00pm
Stories about people feeling lost and trying to figure out how to move ahead: two brothers take a doomed road trip through Mexico and a couple from radically different backgrounds draw up a contract for their unlikely romance.
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638: Rom-Com

Sun, 02/11/2018 - 6:00pm
The one thing you know for sure when you're watching a romantic comedy is that it's going to turn out okay in the end. When you're living one? Not so much. This week for Valentine's Day, stories that unfold like rom-coms.
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637: Words You Can't Say

Sun, 02/04/2018 - 6:00pm
In this politically charged climate, it feels like you have to be super careful with your language, no matter who you are or what side you're on. Stories about people who say the “wrong” thing and suffer the consequences, including a very conservative Republican from Louisiana who's lambasted for being too liberal.
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352: The Ghost of Bobby Dunbar

Sun, 01/28/2018 - 6:00pm
In 1912 a four-year-old boy named Bobby Dunbar went missing in a swamp in Louisiana. Eight months later, he was found in the hands of a wandering handyman in Mississippi. In 2004, Bobby Dunbar's granddaughter discovered a secret beneath the legend of her grandfather's kidnapping, a secret whose revelation would divide her own family, bring redemption to another, and become the answer to a third family's century-old prayer. 
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636: I Thought It Would Be Easier

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:00am
A year into Trump’s presidency, stories chronicling the sometimes hard, often bad, decisions politicians from both parties are making.
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635: Chip in My Brain

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 12:00am
A boy who can’t dribble gets a coach, a new best friend, and something to believe in.
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#550: Three Miles

Sun, 01/07/2018 - 7:00pm
There’s a program that brings together kids from two schools. One school is public and in the country’s poorest congressional district. The other is private and costs $43,000/year. They are three miles apart. The hope is that kids connect, but some of the public school kids just can’t get over the divide. We hear what happens when you get to see the other side and it looks a lot better.
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550: Three Miles

Fri, 01/05/2018 - 12:00am
There’s a program that brings together kids from two schools. One school is public and in the country’s poorest congressional district. The other is private and costs $43,000/year. They are three miles apart. The hope is that kids connect, but some of the public school kids just can’t get over the divide. We hear what happens when you get to see the other side and it looks a lot better. 
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#596: Becoming a Badger

Sun, 12/31/2017 - 7:00pm
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

Fri, 12/29/2017 - 12:00am
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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#634: Human Error in Volatile Situations

Sun, 12/24/2017 - 7:00pm
Even the best laid plans can go catastrophically wrong when humans get involved. This week, people bungle simple operations on some of the most dangerous weapons in the world.
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634: Human Error in Volatile Situations

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 12:00am
Even the best laid plans can go catastrophically wrong when humans get involved. This week, people bungle simple operations on some of the most dangerous weapons in the world.
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#633: Our Town - Part Two

Sun, 12/17/2017 - 7:00pm
So many people in Albertville, AL wondered what it cost them in taxes when thousands of undocumented immigrants moved to their town. One woman drove our host Ira Glass to the grocery store to watch a random Latina mom buy some milk with government assistance, to try to prove her point. So what’d all the newcomers really cost? And what was their effect on crime, schools, and politics? (Part one)
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633: Our Town - Part Two

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 12:00am
So many people in Albertville, AL wondered what it cost them in taxes when thousands of undocumented immigrants moved to their town. One woman drove our host Ira Glass to the grocery store to watch a random Latina mom buy some milk with government assistance, to try to prove her point. So what’d all the newcomers really cost? And what was their effect on crime, schools, and politics? 
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#632: Our Town

Sun, 12/10/2017 - 7:00pm
The man whose views on immigration are a cornerstone of Trump administration policy—Attorney General Jeff Sessions—apparently came to his opinions on the issue from seeing what happened in the poultry plants of Alabama. He believes undocumented workers showed up in those plants, stole American jobs, and drove down wages. Was he right? We have an economist crunch the numbers, and visit to see for ourselves.
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#598: My Undesirable Talent

Sun, 12/03/2017 - 7:00pm
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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#84: Harold

Sun, 11/26/2017 - 7:00pm
The story of Harold Washington, the greatest politician you've probably never heard of, and the white backlash that was set off when he became Chicago's first black mayor. This weekend is the 30th anniversary of his death.
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#603: Once More, With Feeling

Sun, 11/19/2017 - 7:00pm
Stories of people who decide to rethink the way they’ve been doing things, or try to get others to do that. Including a woman who decides to confront the men who catcall her, and get them to give it up forever.
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#631: So a Monkey and a Horse Walk Into a Bar

Sun, 11/12/2017 - 7:00pm
This week, blurring the line between animal and human.
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#513: 129 Cars

Sun, 11/05/2017 - 7:00pm
We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they'll get a huge bonus from the manufacturer, possibly as high as $85,000 — enough to put them in the black for the month. If they don't make it, it'll be the second month in a row. So they pull out all the stops.
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