This American Life

Airs Sundays at 10 am and 9 pm
  • Hosted by Ira Glass

Following a theme each week, This American Life shares stories of life through a playful mix of monologues, mini-documentaries and short fiction. Hear mostly true stories of everyday people.

Distributed by: This American Life, Produced by: WBEZ


  • Sunday, June 17, 2018 5:00pm
    A story about someone who's desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American. Abdi is a Somali refugee living in Kenya and gets the luckiest break of his life: he wins a lottery that puts him on a short list for a U.S. visa. This is his ticket out. But before he can cash in his golden ticket, the police start raiding his neighborhood, targeting refugees.  Abdi has a memoir out on Tuesday called "Call Me American." He's also going on a short book tour.
  • Sunday, June 10, 2018 5:00pm
    Stories about people trying to learn something when no one is clear what the lesson is supposed to be. 
  • Sunday, June 3, 2018 5:00pm
    Stories of people starting over, sometimes because they want to, other times because they have to.
  • Sunday, May 27, 2018 5:00pm
    A security guard at the airport notices something going wrong on the tarmac, and takes it upon herself to fix it. It’s way harder than she expects.