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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.
    Copyright 1995-2022 This American Life
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Episodes
  • Sep 25 2022
    Getting from Point A to Point B—with expert assistance.
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    59 mins
  • Sep 18 2022
    An exploration of the very upper limits of what you do for someone you love.
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    1 hr and 6 mins
  • Sep 11 2022
    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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    1 hr and 2 mins

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Best Podcast

TAL is the greatest podcast ever assembled. Ira Glass is an icon. I have a tattoo of their logo--that's how good it is

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So much appreciation for this illuminating episode

In the book "New Kid" Jordan Banks learns that his written experience of his life should be kept in the safety of his journal because learning about his life experiences will be difficult for his teacher. He knows that what has happened to him will not matter as much as how it makes her feel to learn about it. This is a skillful episode that offers the opportunity for people to experience empathy and learn about the "other".

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best writing being broadcast

No moment listening is wasted. Interesting topics are thoughtfully presented. I look forward to its release every week AND I love digging around in the back issues.

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loved this

just the absolute best podcast. I'm continually learning and just feel better having such rich content to absorb. Thank you Ira Glass!

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My favorite PODCAST by far!

Wish I could download more than just the ten episodes at a time! I love listening in my car.

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Great Podcast

I love the stories that they pick and choose and their discussion is very well done I have learned a lot in a lot in these podcasts good job!

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Same story different Cop.

It proves nothing changes. They still get away free. Dead kids of color, brutal behavior, explained away.

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Absolutely fascinating...

TAL was the first "podcast" before the term existed.i am so glad to have rediscovered it.

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What was the point

Everyone knows the police use paid informants.
Everyone knows paid informants are low-lifes.
Everyone knows paid informant lie.
The more they lie the more they get paid.
I look forward every week to episodes of This American Life. This was a disappointment.

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