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Official free, weekly podcast of the award-winning radio show "This American Life." First-person stories and short fiction pieces that are touching, funny, and surprising. Hosted by Ira Glass, from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio. In mp3 and updated Monday

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790: You're It

Sometimes you raise your hand. Other times you’re just the only one left.

789: The Runaround

People being dodged, delayed, and evaded—and what they do to put an end to it.

174: Birthdays, Anniversaries, and Milestones

They mean something, whether we want them to or not.

788: Half-Baked Stories About My Dead Mom

Writer Etgar Keret tries to come up with the stories that capture his late mother, Orna Keret—but it’s hard, he says, because she’s like Maria in West Side Story and she’s also like Thanos from the Avengers. He ends up with a series of very short stories — most just a few paragraphs long — that give glimpses of different sides of her. These written...

598: My Undesirable Talent

San Francisco’s Spider-Man burglar was remarkable. He dropped into buildings from skylights, leapt 10 feet from one roof to another. But mostly, his talent got him into trouble. This week, his story, and stories of other undesirable talents.

787: Baby's First Christmas

People experiencing Christmas in brand new ways, giving the holiday even more meaning.

786: It's a Game Show!

Something we’ve never done before: true stories told in the form of a game show.

785: Through the Looking Glass

People trying to coax each other across the line, from one side to the other.

784: Mapmaker, Mapmaker, Make Me a Map

Not long ago, Republicans in Ohio passed a constitutional amendment to end gerrymandering in the state. And then a funny thing happened. The same Ohio Republicans drew electoral maps that violated their own constitutional amendment. They’ll be using them in this week’s midterm elections. We try to understand how that could happen.

783: Kids These Days

We hear from kids who are dealing with some of the country’s most contentious debates. Debates that are supposedly about them.

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