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.

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This American Life

409: Held Hostage

Stories of people held captive ? by criminals, by paperwork, and in one man's case, his own body ? and the ways they try to cope.
00:59:25 8/11/2019

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Exactly how incompetent you are. What your ex's best friend really thinks of you. The approximate time that you will die. Some things in life are better not to know about. And sometimes there can be a benefit to not knowing. In this episode ? examples of ignorance truly being bliss, or even being an asset.
01:02:47 8/4/2019
Exactly how incompetent you are. What your ex's best friend really thinks of you. The approximate time that you will die. Some things in life are better not to know about. And sometimes there can be a benefit to not knowing. In this episode ? examples of ignorance truly being bliss, or even being an asset.
01:02:49 8/4/2019
Words mean things, but some words are especially meaningful ? whether in a survival manual, a song lyric, or a slur.
00:59:13 7/28/2019
Words mean things, but some words are especially meaningful ? whether in a survival manual, a song lyric, or a slur.
01:00:02 7/28/2019
Many Americans have dreamy and romantic ideas about Paris, notions which probably trace back to the 1920s vision of Paris created by the expatriate Americans there. But what's it actually like in Paris if you're an American, without rose-colored glasses?
00:58:53 7/21/2019
Many Americans have dreamy and romantic ideas about Paris, notions which probably trace back to the 1920s vision of Paris created by the expatriate Americans there. But what's it actually like in Paris if you're an American, without rose-colored glasses?
00:59:29 7/21/2019
People go on missions to save young girls from danger. But sometimes they get so caught up in the mission that it overshadows the girl herself.
01:01:20 7/14/2019
People go on missions to save young girls from danger. But sometimes they get so caught up in the mission that it overshadows the girl herself.
01:01:52 7/14/2019
People go on missions to save young girls from danger. But sometimes they get so caught up in the mission that it overshadows the girl herself.
01:01:42 7/14/2019
This country is crawling in presidential candidates right now and they're bumping into each other in Des Moines and yelling over each other in Miami. We hang out with them, in this weird early period of the election when they're easy to walk right up to.
01:08:14 7/7/2019

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