This American Life

Sundays, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM and Thursdays, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Hosted by Ira Glass

This American Life is a weekly public radio program and podcast. Each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. Mostly we do journalism, but an entertaining kind of journalism that’s built around plot. In other words, stories! Our favorite sorts of stories have compelling people at the center of them, funny moments, big feelings, surprising plot twists, and interesting ideas. Like little movies for radio. 

Contact This American Life 

WBEZ Radio
848 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 832-3380


  • Sunday, September 12, 2021 3:00pm
    Who thought that would be good for a kid?
  • Sunday, September 5, 2021 3:00pm
    We made you a mixtape. Don't make a big deal out of it or anything.
  • Sunday, August 29, 2021 3:00pm
    People trying to escape all kinds of seemingly impossible situations.
  • Sunday, August 22, 2021 3:00pm
    A group of inmates at a high-security prison rehearse and stage a production of the last act—Act V—of Hamlet.
  • Sunday, August 15, 2021 3:00pm
    The pandemic forced jobs to change, but then the workers changed, too.