A show filled with stories of people going to great lengths to throw a special Christmas for their families.
Stories united by one thing: They all happened in the seven days prior to broadcast.
We sifted through thousands of images on Instagram and chose a selection of events, big and small, that people captured over the course of this week.
Photos and documents from our Animal Sacrifice show.
The This American Life staff confronts Ira about his dog, Piney.
Why Minnesotans don't talk much about the most important historical event ever to happen there.
Stories of people breaking the rules fully, completely, and with no bad consequences.
Stories of how people cope after brushes with death.
A growing body of research that suggests we may be on the verge of a new approach to some of the biggest challenges facing American schools.
An estate attorney discovers a financial scheme that's all reward and no risk. The only catch? You have to die to get the money.
When an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents.
Favorite stories by our longtime contributor and friend David Rakoff.
On Tuesday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit that was filed against the FBI as a result of Operation Flex.
An undercover FBI informant at the mosque in Orange County starts acting very odd.
Stories about people in trouble, who look for help in mystifying places.
Several papers have dropped Journatic, and there's some strife internally at the company as well.
We invited listeners to write us if they believe they've spotted Cindy Sherman or someone claiming to be her at her retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art.
Historic photos from John Biewen's story.
It used to be that the American expats in China were the big shots. But that's changed.
A Guatemalan immigrant living near Boston gets a phone call with some very strange news about his past.
Ira gives a commencement speech denouncing the very idea of commencement speeches. He also tries to give helpful pointers to the grads.
David Sedaris, Tig Notaro, Ryan Knighton, and the late David Rakoff, in his final performance on the show.
Photos of Oscar Ramirez Castaneda and his family, and also Tranquilino Castaneda.
David Sedaris, David Rakoff, Tig Notaro, Glynn Washington, Terry Gross, Mike Birbiglia, Ryan Knighton, dance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, music by OK Go (who created an app so the audience could play along with the band).
The conversation left a real impression on us. Here's the extended version.
Discovering just how much time members of Congress spend raising money.
We've learned that Mike Daisey's story about Apple in China contained significant fabrications.
All across the country right now, local and state governments are finding they can't pay their bills.
A couple decides they need to sleep with other people before getting married, and a teenage boy falls for an undercover cop.
We were reminded that Kobach was not the first person to come up with the idea of "self-deportation."
Alabama's new immigration law aims to make life so difficult for illegal immigrants that they will "self-deport."
Ira writes: “I did this interview in the press tour for Sleepwalk with Me. Every now and then, I run into someone who makes movies – or tries to make them – who tells me how much they related to it.”
The USS John C. Stennis has been in the news a lot lately, after Iran warned the US to keep the Stennis out of the Persian Gulf.
This American Life has retracted the episode referenced here because we learned that many of Mike Daisey's experiences in China were fabricated.
This American Life has retracted this story.