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, June 17, 2018 3:00pm
    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 list for a U.S. visa. This is his ticket out. But before he can cash in his golden ticket, the police start raiding his neighborhood, targeting refugees.  Abdi has a memoir out on Tuesday called "Call Me American." He's also going on a short book tour.
  • Sunday, June 10, 2018 3:00pm
    Stories about people trying to learn something when no one is clear what the lesson is supposed to be. 
  • Sunday, June 3, 2018 3:00pm
    Stories of people starting over, sometimes because they want to, other times because they have to.
  • Sunday, May 27, 2018 3:00pm
    A security guard at the airport notices something going wrong on the tarmac, and takes it upon herself to fix it. It’s way harder than she expects.