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TAL logo 2018ira glass 2This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 2.1 million listeners. There's a theme to each episode, and a variety of stories on that theme. It's mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always. There's lots more to the show, but it's sort of hard to describe. Probably the best way to understand the show is to start at our favorites page, http://www.thisamericanlife.org/favorites , though we do have longer guides to our radio show and our TV show. If you want to dive into the hundreds of episodes we've done over the years, there's an archive of all our old radio shows and listings for all our TV episodes, too.
Ira Glass Host and Executive Producer
Ira Glass started working in public radio in 1978, when he was 19, as an intern at NPR's headquarters in DC. Over the next 17 years, he worked on nearly every NPR news show and did nearly every production job they had: tape-cutter, desk assistant, newscast writer, editor, producer, reporter, and substitute host. He spent a year in a high school for NPR, and a year in an elementary school, filing stories for All Things Considered. He moved to Chicago in 1989 and put This American Life on the air in 1995.
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This week on This American Life. The doctor who created Frankenstein thought he had things under control. So did the guy in the movie “Jurassic Park” who brought all of those dinosaurs to life. And so did the producers of the reality TV show “The Bachelor.” Until the bachelor escaped. What happens when experimenters lose control of the experiment. That’s this week on This American Life.

This American Life is heard every Friday night at 7:00 pm; repeating every Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / Streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /  On-demand with the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes App Store & Google Play!

(Photo: Amitchell125 at English Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0])

585Exactly 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. This week on This American Life, when Lulu’s grandmother Nainai was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer, she was given three months to live. Lulu’s family in China decided not to tell Nainai about the diagnosis. How the family pulled off an elaborate attempt to keep their beloved matriarch unaware, this week on This American Life.

This American Life is heard every Friday night at 7:00 pm; repeating every Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / Streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /  On-demand with the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes App Store & Google Play!

(Photo: via This American Life)

409 talA kidnapping victim in Colombia spends his nights listening to a radio station that plays messages from the families of the kidnapped. That and other 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.

This American Life is heard every Friday night at 7:00 pm; repeating every Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / Streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /  On-demand with the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes App Store & Google Play!

(Photo: Viviana Duarte, one of many Colombian children whose father was kidnapped by the FARC. He’s been gone since 1998 - Jacob Silberberg/via This American Life)

TAL 600x600Words mean things, but some words are especially meaningful — whether in a survival manual, a song lyric, or a slur.

This American Life is heard every Friday night at 7:00 pm; repeating every Saturday morning at 9:00 am on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / Streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org /  On-demand with the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes App Store & Google Play!

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