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January 01, 1990 - September 05, 2013 + This American Life

Plan B
There's the thing you plan to do, and then there's the thing you end up doing. Most of us start off our lives with some...

Hot in My Backyard
After years of being stuck, the national conversation on climate change finally started to shift — just a little — last year. This week, stories...

The Cruelty of Children
Stories of kids being mean to each other...

Hit the Road
Stories of people who feel compelled to get out and go somewhere. Including one man who decides to take a trip from Philadelphia to San...

Music Lessons
What's frustrating about music lessons, what's miraculous about them, and what they actually teach us. Recorded in front of a live audience...

Picture Show
Israeli soldiers take snapshots of Palestinian boys, one house at a time, in the middle of the night. This and other stories where the picture...

Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde
Dr. Benjamin Gilmer gets a job at a rural clinic. He finds out he's replaced someone — also named Dr. Gilmer — who went to...

Play the Part
We all play roles in life. Sometimes we're convincing. What happens when people take on unexpected roles? What happens when their audience believes them or...

Trends with Benefits
The number of Americans receiving federal disability payments has nearly doubled over the last 15 years. Chana Joffe-Walt gives us a surprising view of the...

Starting From Scratch
Stories of people starting over, sometimes because they want to, other times because they have to.

Stories of people stuck in their own personal reruns—moments or episodes that they revisit over and over again.

Harper High School, Part Two
We pick up where we left off last week in our second hour of stories from Harper High School in Chicago.

Harper High School, Part One
We spent five months at Harper High School in Chicago, where last year alone 29 current and recent students were shot. 29.

What I Did For Love 2013
Love makes us do crazy things. But usually not this crazy. We have stories of people going to extremes as they fall in love, chase...

Self-Improvement Kick
For the new year, we bring you stories about how far some people go in hopes of a better life.