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Best This American Life Podcasts

22 best podcasts from This American Life picked by Podyssey's community of podcast lovers.

  • 1. This American Life

    +1732 FANS

    This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered...Show More

  • 2. Serial

    +1516 FANS

    Serial is a podcast from the creators of This American Life, hosted by Sarah Koenig. Serial unfolds one story - a true story - over the course of a whole season. The show follows the plot and characters wherever they lead, through many surprising twi...Show More

  • 3. S-Town

    +760 FANS

    S-Town is a new podcast from Serial and This American Life, hosted by Brian Reed, about a man named John who despises his Alabama town and decides to do something about it. He asks Brian to investigate the son of a wealthy family who's allegedly been...Show More

  • 4. Making Beyoncé

    +49 FANS

    WBEZ presents Making Beyoncé, a new 3-part podcast series that explores Beyoncé Knowles’ rise from local talent shows to global music icon.

  • 5. Filmspotting

    +42 FANS

    Weekly film podcast and WBEZ radio show from Chicago featuring in-depth reviews, top 5 lists and interviews. Hosted by Adam Kempenaar and Josh Larsen.

  • 6. Sound Opinions

    +27 FANS

    Sound Opinions is the World's only rock and roll talkshow. Hosted by Jim DeRogatis of WBEZ and Greg Kot of the Chicago Tribune. Each week Jim and Greg bring you the latest music reviews. Plus, tune in to hear exclusive interviews and performances. So...Show More

  • 7. Re:sound

    +23 FANS

    The most compelling and creative audio documentaries and features produced worldwide, curated by the Third Coast Festival's. Featuring audio treats such as producer profiles and more experimental work. New episodes twice per month. Listen to ou...Show More

  • 8. PleasureTown

    +19 FANS

    Classic radio meets contemporary cable drama in this fictional serial podcast about a failed Oklahoma utopian society and its eclectic residents. Betrayal, murder and hedonism abound in PleasureTown. Join the story at

  • 9. Nerdette

    +11 FANS

    Nerdette is a safe space for nerding out about all the things you're watching, reading, and encountering IRL. Interviews with your favorite (or soon-to-be favorite) authors, artists, astronauts, and more.

  • 10. Motive

    +11 FANS

    It’s a cruel sociological experiment. Lock up a 13-year-old boy for a murder that he swore he didn’t commit. Release him as a 30-year-old man. Then, give him $25 million. New from WBEZ Chicago, Motive is a true crime podcast hosted by Pulitzer Prize-...Show More

  • 11. 16 Shots

    +9 FANS

    In October of 2014, a white police officer fatally shot a black teenager on the streets of Chicago. The shooting of Laquan McDonald was captured on video, and sparked outrage across the city. Chicago's top cop was fired, the local state’s attorney wa...Show More

  • 12. Curious City

    +7 FANS

    Ask questions, vote and discover answers about Chicago, the region and its people. From WBEZ.

  • 13. Shannon Cason's Homemade Stories

    +6 FANS

    Short stories and commentary by writer/storyteller, Shannon Cason.

  • 14. Nerdette Recaps Game Of Thrones With Peter Sagal

    +4 FANS

    Peter Sagal of Wait, Wait… Don’t Tell Me joins Greta Johnsen and Tricia Bobeda of Nerdette weekly to scrutinize the latest Game of Thrones episode.

  • 15. The Trouble

    +4 FANS

    Trouble — we've all been in it. Some more than others. Some worse than others. Award-winning storyteller Shannon Cason has faced a few problems of his own. Now he talks with others about getting in, and out, of trouble of all stripes.

  • 16. Public Official A

    +4 FANS

    Remember when the governor of Illinois supposedly tried to sell President Obama’s Senate seat? Or, how the same ex-governor got a “You’re fired” from Donald Trump on 'The Celebrity Apprentice'? New from WBEZ Chicago, 'Public Official A' uncovers the ...Show More

  • 17. Do Listen Twice

    +1 FAN

    To celebrate the iTunes release of Mike Birbiglia's movie Don't Think Twice, host Ira Glass presents a podcast miniseries featuring his favorite stories that Birbiglia has told on This American Life over the years.

  • 18. WBEZ's Worldview

    2 FANS

    WBEZ's global affairs program. Featuring in-depth conversations about international issues and their local impact. Also, foreign film reviews and human rights commentaries. Hosted by Jerome McDonnell.

  • 19. Written Inside

    2 FANS

    Cockroaches. Clean freaks. Cardboard pianos. Written Inside is a podcast about life inside a maximum-security prison cell.

  • 20. Vocalo's Barber Shop Show

    1 FAN
  • 21. Every Other Hour

    1 FAN

    Last year in Chicago, there was a person shot about every other hour. So who picks up a gun, and why? Stories from a yearlong WBEZ project.

  • 22. On Background: WBEZ's Politics Podcast

    1 FAN

    On Background is WBEZ Chicago’s weekly political podcast. Each week, our top-notch team of political reporters brings you the backstory on the week’s big story. We’ll take you inside the back rooms of Chicago and Illinois government to explain the st...Show More

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