This American Life

  • Monday 1 p.m.–2 p.m.
  • Monday 10 p.m.–11 p.m.
  • Sunday 8 a.m.–9 a.m.

This American Life is best described as a movie for radio. There are people in dramatic situations. Things happen to them. There are funny moments and emotional moments and—hopefully—moments where the people in the story say interesting, surprising things about it all. It has to be surprising. It has to be fun. This American Life is hosted by Ira Glass and produced by Chicago Public Media.

  • Dec 15

    This Week on the Radio: "Wait - Do You Have The Map?"

    Stories about people feeling lost and trying to figure out how to move ahead: two brothers take a doomed road trip through through Mexico and a couple from radically different backgrounds draw up a contract for their unlikely romance.

    Broadcast December 13 to December 15

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  • Dec 08

    This Week on the Radio: "Regrets, I've Had a Few"

    Every day we make mistakes, and most of the time we just ignore these failings and move forward. But every so often, there is one that makes us pause and take notice. This week, people struggling with those regrets — big and small — that take root and have to be dealt with.

    Broadcast December 6 to December 8

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  • Dec 05

    Holiday Sale

    Hello, friends. We have some new merchandise and sale items available for your holiday shopping needs. The perfect gifts for people who like receiving things!

    Brand new in the store just this week, we have a tote bag. Or, as it's more formally known, the tote bag.

    We can also now offer a DVD of our "Live at BAM" show from June of this year, which features Mike Birbiglia, Stephin Merrit, Sasheer Zamata, Lindsay Mendez, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and more — with 50 minutes of additional content from the edited-for-radio version. Other than the extra show content, this DVD boasts exactly zero bonus features!

    Serial fans, there's a new red leatherette notebook available for pre-order. 5x7, lined, with a black ribbon bookmark and expandable back pocket.

    For our holiday sale we're trying something totally new and offering gift sets this year:

    There's a "public radio fan" package, which includes the new tote bag, our mug, a set of public radio tattoos, our "Behind the Scenes" DVD, and a copy of "Radio: An Illustrated Guide," all for just 45.00.

    You can get both seasons of our Showtime television show (normally 20.00 each!) for 25.00, and the full DVD set of our three live shows for 45.00. You can also get live show poster and DVD sets for "Return to the Scene of the Crime" and "Invisible Made Visible" for 30.00 each.

    Professionals in the mail industry advise that you place any holiday orders by December 15th at the latest for domestic first class delivery by the 24th. Expedited and international options are also available. Note: pre-ordered Serial notebooks will not ship until December 17th, so we strongly recommend selecting an expedited shipping option such as USPS Priority, Express, or UPS Ground if you'd like to receive these by Christmas. Happy shopping!
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  • Nov 26

    There will be a Serial Season Two! Thanks to everyone who donated.

    Last week, we asked people who’ve been listening to Serial to chip in if they wanted a second season. This American Life funded the bulk of Season One, but for Serial to continue, it needs to pay for itself. Today, we have good news: between the money you donated and sponsorship, we’ll be able to make a second season. We don’t know yet what the story will be or exactly when we’ll be airing Season Two, but we’ll be working on it as soon as this season ends.

    If you need any information about whether your donation is tax-deductible (it is) or gift-matching, please contact

    Thanks so much to everyone who gave.

    - the Staff of Serial
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  • Nov 24

    Ira Interviewed on Alec Baldwin's "Here's The Thing"

    Ira writes:

    I've been a fan of Alec Baldwin's show Here's the Thing since it began. He's a surprisingly good interviewer, and a different sort of interviewer than Terry Gross. He's IN there, telling lots of stories of his own, comparing experiences. After all, he's just as famous as many of the guests. It makes for unusual and often very compelling listening. Some of my favorites: Herb Alpert, Letterman (who admits to Alec he doesn't work hard any more on his show, and who so loves the interview at the end he says something like "Wait, it's over? So soon?"), Billy Joel (a Long Island on Long Island gabfest at the piano). Archive here.

    Glad he's making more of them. You can listen to the episode I'm on here.
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  • Nov 24

    This Week on the Radio: "A Front"

    Stories about people and places that are fronting in order to hide the truth. We visit a bizarre store in Milwaukee called Fearless Distributing, government checkpoints scattered on highways out west, and a front in a doctor's office.

    Broadcast November 22 to November 24

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