This American Life

Saturdays, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM and Thursdays, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • Hosted by Ira Glass

This American Life is a weekly public radio program and podcast. Each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. Mostly we do journalism, but an entertaining kind of journalism that’s built around plot. In other words, stories! Our favorite sorts of stories have compelling people at the center of them, funny moments, big feelings, surprising plot twists, and interesting ideas. Like little movies for radio. 

Contact This American Life 

WBEZ Radio
848 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 832-3380
www.thislife.org

Podcasts

  • Sunday, February 18, 2018 3:00pm
    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.
  • Sunday, February 11, 2018 3:00pm
    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.
  • Sunday, February 4, 2018 3:00pm
    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.
  • Sunday, January 28, 2018 3:00pm
    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.