This American Life

Saturdays at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 5 p.m.
Ira Glass

Take in a slice of Americana with critically acclaimed host Ira Glass on This American Life. Each week he picks a theme, then gives his writers and performers the freedom to weave real stories from real people around that theme in a manner they find most engaging. You'll meet fascinating people with stories that range from heart-warming to bizarre.

Glass and company try interesting things and take radio where it's never gone before. It's a show that defies description, but has become one of public radio's most celebrated programs.

Produced by Chicago Public Radio.

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Podcasts

  • Sunday, July 27, 2014 7:00pm
    There is a special comfort that comes from knowing someone's got your back. You can do things that just weren't possible before. You take huge risks, including some that aren't necessarily advisable. This week: stories where one person's powerlessness is transformed when they discover they have backup. And we see what happens when that backup goes away.
    Note: This episode contains un-bleeped curse words. BLEEPED VERSION