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Cameron Quasney
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This list of the greatest This American Life episodes of all time ranks the popular radio show's top installments, with links to the episodes for reference, entertainment, and enjoyment. Many public radio fans are truly devoted to this show, which is hosted by Ira Glass, who won the Edward R. Murrow Award for his work on the program. The best This American Life episodes (and even the not quite as great ones) are produced by WBEZ and leave audiences wanting more than just the hour of storytelling. Riveting radio is arguably hard to come by these days, but these episodes are full of mystery, hilarity, and tragedy.

This American Life best episodes range from "Sinatra" (which will teach even the biggest Frank Sinatra aficionados new and surprising details) to "Back to Penn State" (which kept the heat on the topical issues of the day). The best TAL episodes are downloadable, streamable, and unforgettable. From shocking interviews to amazing anecdotes, the stories heard on these This American Life podcast episodes have stuck with old fans and created new fans.

Check out this list, peruse the classic episodes, and learn about "Babysitting," "Guns," or "Birds & Bees" in ways you never thought possible. This list of TAL podcast episodes is votable and needs your votes and opinions to truly determine the best episodes of this insightful, intellectual, and culturally important podcast and radio show.
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Three Miles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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44 12
129 Cars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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40 10
Switched At Birth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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43 14
House on Loon Lake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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23 3
#1 Party School is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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37 14
Mistakes Were Made is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes
Tucker DeSaulnier added Mistakes Were Made

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The Giant Pool of Money is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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Act V is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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Babysitting is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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Who's Canadian? is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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First Day is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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Toxie is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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No Coincidence, No Story! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

Famous People with the Same Real Name

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7 2
Same Bed, Different Dreams is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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The Problem We All Live With is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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Somewhere in the Arabian Sea is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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7 2
20 Acts in 60 Minutes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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6 1
Day At The Beach is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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8 3
Abdi and the Golden Ticket is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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8 4
Notes on Camp is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

The 20 Most Epic Wedding FAILs of All Time

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5 1
Shoulda Been Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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Back to Penn State is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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Lower 9 + 10 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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Sinatra is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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3 1
Get Over It! is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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Guns is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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The Job That Takes Over Your L... is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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Father's Day is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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When You Talk About Music is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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Throwing the First Punch is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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Media Fringe is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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#268 My Experimental Phase is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes
greg-briggs added #268 My Experimental Phase

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Birds & Bees is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

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The Radio Drama Episode is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes