A Prank Admissions Essay To Rick Clark

Sep 19, 2013

Ira writes: After talking to us about the most misguided things kids and their parents do to get into college, Georgia Tech Admissions Director Rick Clark got this email.

Snap Judgment Live in LA!

Sep 17, 2013

Ira writes: Hey all — Snap Judgment brings down the house every time they do a live show. Seriously, they kill. It makes a person feel very ... competitive.

They're coming to LA with a live band. Nokia Theater.

Harper Student Murdered

Jul 26, 2013

Harper High School has lost its first student since our shows about the high school aired in February.

A sophomore named Darryl Green was found dead behind an abandoned building just fo

Favorite Favorite Lists

Jul 19, 2013

Ira writes:

As we put out our Read More

500th Episode Illustrations

Jul 15, 2013

We thought it would be fun to commission some illustrations to mark our 500th episode. So we did. Some represent the show in general, others call out the 500-episode milestone, and a few illustrate particular stories. We'll be releasing them every day this week.

Hello, Our Name Is

Jul 12, 2013

Before this episode aired in March of 1996, This American Life was known as Your Radio Playhouse. That year, we had a meeting to discuss new name ideas — and here are the notes from that meeting.

Slate videos with Ira Glass

Jul 11, 2013
Ahead of our 500th episode, Slate's Jacob Weisberg sat down with Ira Glass to talk about the art of interviewing, how This American Life differs from other shows, how it has changed over the years, and the business of radio.

Update about "Omar" from Taking Names

Jul 9, 2013

We just got news about the family of “Omar,” whose story we told in our show two weeks ago, Taking Names. They have finally left Iraq. Omar was an Iraqi man who was killed after working for the US Army during the war.

David Rakoff's Final Book

Jul 8, 2013

The New York Times published Read More