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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
  • May 15 2022
    Kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions.
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    1 hr
  • May 8 2022
    People staring squarely at the truth, and still finding it hard to believe what they’re seeing.
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    1 hr and 7 mins
  • May 1 2022
    A man finds himself thrust into a new world he didn’t necessarily ask to visit. He takes a look around.
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    59 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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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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An author is the creator or originator of any written work such as a book or play, and is also considered a writer or poet. More broadly defined, an author is "the person who originated or gave existence to anything"

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good episode of dealing with death and emotion

Children dealing with death of a fictional character that was very close to do of them. Revealing your personal issues with those you love. Dealing with how people make decisions be in the face of covid-19.

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