This American Life is a weekly public radio show hosted by Ira Glass and heard by 1.7 million listeners on 500 stations.
It is produced by Chicago Public Media, distributed by Public Radio International, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. It is the most popular podcast in the country, with more than a half million people downloading it each week. From 2006-2008, a television version of This American Life aired on the Showtime network, winning three Emmys. The radio show and TV show follow the same format: There’s a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It’s mostly true stories of everyday people, plus the occasional piece of fiction or large investigative report. The stories are like movies for radio, with people in dramatic situations. There are funny moments and emotional moments and—hopefully—moments where the people in the story say interesting, surprising things about it all. This American Life is also the co-producer, with NPR News, of the economics podcast and blog Planet Money, and a half dozen stories from the radio show are being developed into films.
There are several ways to get This American Life:
Stream radio episodes for free from the archive
Subscribe to the free weekly podcast
Download the most recent episode a la carte, free, from This American Life's home page
Download old episodes for $0.99 on iTunes
Stream episodes through the This American Life iPhone app
Listen on the radio: on WBEZ 91.5 FM and online on Fridays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 12 p.m.
Purchase CDs of radio episodes and greatest hits collections
Purchase DVDs of the television show
Download TV Season One or Season Two on iTunes