This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.

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This American Life

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The story of how the American Psychiatric Association decided in 1973 that homosexuality was no longer a mental illness.
01:00:22 12/16/2018

Past Episodes

Documents you don't normally think of, showing you things you didn't expect. 
01:03:43 12/9/2018
Documents you don't normally think of, showing you things you didn't expect. 
01:02:33 12/9/2018
Growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, John Biewen says, nobody ever talked about the most important historical event ever to happen there: in 1862, it was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hanged after a war with white settlers. John went back to Minnesota to figure out what really happened 150 years ago, and why Minnesotans didn't talk about it much after.
01:04:49 12/2/2018
Growing up in Mankato, Minnesota, John Biewen says, nobody ever talked about the most important historical event ever to happen there: in 1862, it was the site of the largest mass execution in U.S. history. Thirty-eight Dakota Indians were hanged after a war with white settlers. John went back to Minnesota to figure out what really happened 150 years ago, and why Minnesotans didn't talk about it much after.
01:02:50 12/2/2018
Dr. Benjamin Gilmer gets a job at a rural clinic. He finds out he's replaced someone ? also named Dr. Gilmer ? who went to prison after killing his own father. But the more Benjamin's patients talk about the other Dr. Gilmer, the more confused he becomes. Everyone loved the old Dr. Gilmer. So Benjamin starts digging around, trying to understand how a good man can seemingly turn bad.
01:04:01 11/25/2018
Dr. Benjamin Gilmer gets a job at a rural clinic. He finds out he's replaced someone ? also named Dr. Gilmer ? who went to prison after killing his own father. But the more Benjamin's patients talk about the other Dr. Gilmer, the more confused he becomes. Everyone loved the old Dr. Gilmer. So Benjamin starts digging around, trying to understand how a good man can seemingly turn bad.
01:05:27 11/25/2018
Stories of people who believe there is always a way. And also those who don't.
01:03:33 11/18/2018
Stories of people who believe there is always a way. And also those who don't.
01:02:58 11/18/2018
Stories of women in unsettling situations. When they try to explain what's wrong, they're told that they don't understand?that there's nothing unsettling about it.
01:04:44 11/11/2018
Stories of women in unsettling situations. When they try to explain what's wrong, they're told that they don't understand?that there's nothing unsettling about it.
01:03:32 11/11/2018

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