This American Life

Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.

This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 2.1 million listeners. It is produced by Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. It is also often the most popular podcast in the country, with around one million people downloading each week. 

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, 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.

More information can be found at thisamericanlife.org

Black and white photo of radio host Ira Glass from the show This American Life
thisamericanlife.org

This American Life returns to Alabama Public Radio at 7 PM on Friday, October 3. APR is delighted that this award-winning, one-of-a-kind, hard-to-describe, quintessentially quirky public radio standout is back on the air in its old spot. Hosted and produced by the inimitable Ira Glass, This American Life sets the standard for the best in nonfiction radio programming with stories that provide more than 63 percent of all public radio’s “stay-in-your-seat-until-it’s-finished” driveway moments.