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This American Life
Saturday at 3pm and Sunday at 6pm

This American Life is a weekly public radio program and podcast. Each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. 

Mostly we do journalism, but an entertaining kind of journalism that’s built around plot. In other words, stories! Our favorite sorts of stories have compelling people at the center of them, funny moments, big feelings, surprising plot twists, and interesting ideas. Like little movies for radio.

Bridgewater College is proud to sponsor This American Life on WMRA.

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  • A flute player breaks into a British museum and makes off with a million dollars worth of dead birds.
  • The ghosts that visit us, the ghosts that never do, and the ghosts that walk among us.
  • People staring down that hardest of questions: Is now the time? To leave?
  • Exactly how much are the animals that live in our homes caught up in our everyday family dynamics?
  • When it comes to finding love, there seems to be two schools of thought on the best way to go about it. One says, wait for that lightning-strike magic. The other says, make a calculation and choose the best option available. Who has it right?
  • Sometimes you raise your hand. Other times you’re just the only one left.
  • People being dodged, delayed, and evaded—and what they do to put an end to it.
  • Writer Etgar Keret tries to come up with the stories that capture his late mother, Orna Keret—but it’s hard, he says, because she’s like Maria in West Side Story and she’s also like Thanos from the Avengers. He ends up with a series of very short stories — most just a few paragraphs long — that give glimpses of different sides of her.
  • People experiencing Christmas in brand new ways, giving the holiday even more meaning.
  • Something we’ve never done before: true stories told in the form of a game show.