Stories from people who want something desperately and then have their wishes fulfilled. Or do they?
Kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions.
Samantha Broun interviews her mom about surviving a brutal attack 20 years ago that ended up changing Pennsylvania law regarding life sentences.
Stories of people who decide to rethink the way they’ve been doing things.
People around the country talking about the coming four years after Trump's election.
A story about Hillary Clinton that offers a different picture than what we’ve been hearing from both sides during the campaign.
Just before the 2016 election, we asked the Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to imagine what Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was feeling, but couldn’t say publicly, about Donald Trump. Neil Patrick Harris sang the part of Paul Ryan.
The third song we commissioned on the eve of the 2016 election. Broadway composer Michael Friedman imagined what RNC Chairman Reince Priebus might be thinking, but not expressing publicly. John Ellison Conlee sang.
15 million people watched this on Facebook. Right before the 2016 election, we asked Sara Bareilles to imagine what President Obama might be thinking about Donald Trump, but couldn’t say publicly. Leslie Odom Jr. sang.
Ira on how the three original songs for the 2016 election came about.
Right now a lot of Republicans feel like they don’t recognize their own party.
Cartoonist Chris Ware and animator John Kuramoto present a cross section of American voters on the big day.
Watching lies become the truth in the 2016 election.
Ira explains how to use our Shortcut app to share clips from This American Life on social media.
San Francisco’s Spider-Man dropped into buildings from skylights and leapt 10 feet from one roof to another. But mostly, his talent got him into trouble.
Ordinary people make last ditch efforts to get through to their loved ones.
See a video of his theatrical one-man show in France.
Stories about people trying their best to turn themselves into something else—like a badger.
See photos of the WWII interrogation camp PO Box 1142.
What do you do when you're thrown into a situation you’re not prepared for?
“The program had the opposite effect we have hoped for.”
Summer is a time when change seems more possible than ever. But is that really how it happens?
A list of groups we interacted with in Greece that are helping refugees.
Stories of refugees in Greece trying to move on with their lives in whatever way they can.
A team from This American Life visited five refugee camps in Greece, and sent a group of architects and engineers to capture each camp.
57,000 refugees are stuck in Greece, making homes in some surprising locations.
A hilarious and honest look at the lives of professional funny people.
A political donor has to decide whether or not he's going to support Trump. Plus other stories of people trying to make sure they get what they paid for.
Stories of people making the wrong choice, even though the right one is staring them squarely in the eye.
Maybe it’s time to rethink the way we see being fat.
People who try simple mind games on others and find themselves in way over their heads.
Stories about mysteries that exist in relationships we thought couldn't possibly surprise us.
When Mariya Karimjee was little, her family made a decision that would affect her entire life. Years later, she wants to know why.
View the one-page court order that was faxed to the offices of Jack Bailey, appointing him to represent Trastavien Hardy, a young man accused of a burglary.
Three very different stories of people not admitting the truth.
The older and wiser we get, the more bewildering our past decisions can seem.
Kids do not like being told it’ll make sense when they’re older. They’re pretty sure the grown-ups are wrong.
The animals drop in and show us who's boss.
The story of a rape investigation gone undeniably wrong.
The story of a young voter who defies political categorization.
A hospital staffer finds a patient on the floor of his room. He is unarmed, and has been shot by the cops in the hospital.
A conservative radio host is completely baffled by the candidate his audience has decided to get behind this election season.
Sarah Koenig, host of Serial, talked to Stephen Colbert about Season Two.
A woman with muscular dystrophy tries to convince doctors that she has the same gene mutation as an Olympic athlete.