This American Life

Saturdays at 3pm & Sundays at 6pm
Ira Glass

What is This American Life? It's "like movies for radio."

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This American Life
3:00 pm
Sat April 19, 2014

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 — here.

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This American Life
3:00 pm
Sat April 12, 2014

Tarred and Feathered

Belfast Telegraph

This week, stories of people being threatened and punished with public shame. Including the story of someone who was literally tarred and feathered. It happened a lot more recently than you'd guess.

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This American Life
3:00 pm
Sat April 5, 2014

Tribes

A Native American tribe is doing exactly the opposite of what you'd think they'd do: they're kicking people out of the tribe, huge numbers of them, including people whose ancestors without question were part of the tribe. And the story of a white guy who only wants to date Asian women, who then has to adjust to the reality of a real actual Asian woman in his life. The phrase "finding your tribe" is a total cliche — but one that does apply to certain situations.

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This American Life
10:29 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Bad Baby

Chris Gethard

They're small. And they're cuddly. But sometimes it feels as though our babies were replaced with demon replicas — controlling, demanding, or just downright awful. This week, stories of infants and children who dominate the adults around them with their baditude, or whom adults have painted with the "bad" brush from early on. We also ask the question: at what age does badness begin?

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This American Life
3:00 pm
Sat March 22, 2014

Animal Sacrifice

Dog wearing suicide bomb vest, 1943.

What animals sacrifice for us, and what we sacrifice for them. Including a story from Susan Orlean about dogs in World War II, and the This American Life staff confronts Ira about his dog, Piney.

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This American Life
3:00 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Dead Men Tell No Tales

Last May, a weird story made the news: the FBI killed a guy in Florida who was vaguely linked to the Boston Marathon bombings. He was an unarmed man, shot 7 times in his living room by federal agents. What really happened? Why was the FBI even in that room with that guy? A reporter spent 5 months looking into it, and she discovered that the FBI was doing a bunch of things that never made the news.

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This American Life
3:00 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

Somewhere in the Arabian Sea

Life aboard the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier that was stationed in the Arabian Sea and supported bombing missions over Afghanistan. Only a few dozen people on board actually fly jets. It takes the rest of the crew — over 5,000 people — to keep them in the air. This American Life producers visited the Stennis in 2002, about six weeks into its deployment. The hour is devoted to this one story.

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This American Life
3:00 pm
Sat February 22, 2014

Surrogates

This week we look at people who see themselves in others and try to live out their lives through stand-ins — including the story of what one father saw in the convicted murderer he decided to adopt. And the proxy battle over a woman’s honor that became a presidential obsession.

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This American Life
3:00 pm
Sat February 8, 2014

Valentine's Day 2013

Love makes us do crazy things. But usually not this crazy. This week for Valentine's Day we have stories of people going to extremes to find and pursue their one true love.

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This American Life
3:00 pm
Sat February 1, 2014

Day At The Beach

Ben Calhoun

It's January, and freezing outside. This week 5 stories from the sunny beach! Including David Sedaris telling us how losing a sister in 2013 prompted a family reunion, and an impulse buy of a lifetime — an oceanfront cottage big enough for all of them.

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