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This American Life

This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 1.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to s

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#603: Once More, With Feeling

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Stories of people who decide to rethink the way they’ve been doing things... or try to get others to do that. Including the story of a veteran who finds a new way to talk about war.(image)

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#571: The Heart Wants What It Wants

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Emily Dickinson said “The heart wants what it wants.” This week stories from people who take that notion to extremes, and are unapologetic about it.(image)

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#334: Duty Calls

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

Josh's mother and younger brother were a mess. His mother drank too much. His brother got arrested a lot. Josh hadn't lived with them since he was nine, and they didn't play much of a role in his daily life—until duty called, and they took over his life.

Josh told the sequel to this story at our live show in 2014.(image)

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#602: The Sun Comes Up

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:00:00 +0000

People around the country talking about the coming four years. Some of them exultant, some of them, as President Obama said Wednesday, "less so."(image)

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