This American Life

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

The radio show and TV show follow the same format. There's a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It's mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always.

There's lots more to the show, but it's sort of hard to describe.

 

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

Podcasts

  • Sunday, September 17, 2017 5:00pm
    Words can seem so puny and ineffective sometimes. On this show, we have stories in which ordinary people make last ditch efforts to get through to their loved ones, using a combination of small talk and not-so-small talk.
  • Friday, September 8, 2017 5:00pm
    In 1967, the first two black students were enrolled at an all-white private boarding school in Virginia. The main reason they were there? To benefit the white kids. This week: stories about being enlisted to benefit another person’s educational experience. A version of this story appears in The New York Times Magazine.
  • Sunday, September 3, 2017 5:00pm
    Everyone walks around on their own private map of the world. The places we’re from and how they made us, whether we like it or not.
  • Sunday, August 27, 2017 5:00pm
    After four lawyers fail to get an innocent man out of prison, his friend takes on the case himself. He becomes a do-it-yourself investigator. He learns to read court records, he tracks down hard-to-find witnesses, he gets the real murderer to come forward with his story. In the end, he's able to accomplish all sorts of things the police and the professionals can't.