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This American Life
Saturdays at noon; Sundays at 2pm

There's a theme to each episode of This American Life, and a variety of stories on that theme. Mostly we do journalism, but an entertaining kind of journalism that’s built around plot.

Our favorite sorts of stories have compelling people at the center of them, funny moments, big feelings, surprising plot twists, and interesting ideas. It's mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always. Like little movies for radio.

Find a list of the latest episodes of This American Life below. To learn more about the show, click here.

  • People so close to each other, in extremely intimate situations, who are also a million miles apart.
  • A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds.
  • The ghosts that visit us, the ghosts that never do, and the ghosts that walk among us.
  • People staring down that hardest of questions: Is now the time? To leave?
  • When it comes to finding love, there seems to be two schools of thought on the best way to go about it. One says, wait for that lightning-strike magic. The other says, make a calculation and choose the best option available. Who has it right?
  • Sometimes you raise your hand. Other times you’re just the only one left.
  • People being dodged, delayed, and evaded—and what they do to put an end to it.
  • Writer Etgar Keret tries to come up with the stories that capture his late mother, Orna Keret—but it’s hard, he says, because she’s like Maria in West Side Story and she’s also like Thanos from the Avengers. He ends up with a series of very short stories — most just a few paragraphs long — that give glimpses of different sides of her.