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.
Stories in which 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.
What do you do when you're thrown into a situation you’re not prepared for?
See photos of the WWII interrogation camp PO Box 1142.
“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.
The group Improv Everywhere tries to give an unknown band the best day of their lives. But the band doesn't see it that way.
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.
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.
Stories where animals drop in and show us who's the 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.
Experience the magic.
A live Christmas performance from some of the best improvisors in the country.
Our collaboration with The New Yorker. This was the cover of their Dec 7, 2015, issue. Everyone who got the digital version of that issue on this iPad or phone could push “play” and the cover would come to life as an animated short.
Three teenage girls explain why they are constantly telling their friends they are beautiful on Instagram. Plus more stories about status updates that interrupt our daily life.
How to help the teenager who told her story of surviving abuse.
A prisoner who hasn't talked to anyone in years comes up with a bold plan to re-introduce himself to the world.
Guys around the country signed up for a pen pal service. Here are some of those letters.
Emily Dickinson said “The heart wants what it wants.” This week, stories from people who take that notion to extremes and are unapologetic about it.
Conspiracy theories about the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin continue to shape Israel's politics and future.
Meet the people who pitch ideas for new foods and then decide which ones they're actually going to make.
A Japanese reality show contestant has to enter sweepstakes from magazines to win enough sustenance to survive.
A teenage girl records a remarkable story about the boyfriend who abuses her, and why it’s so hard to break up with him.
Episode 2 in our Videos 4 U series: We helped Maggie tell her parents that she had lots of tattoos, a fact she’d hidden for years.
A father constructs an elaborate fantasy to occupy his 12 children.
See the kids at work on the ship.