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Internet The Best "This American Life" Episodes  

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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1
54 7
Dr. Gilmer and Mr. Hyde is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

2
84 19
Three Miles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

3
63 13
129 Cars is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

4
57 12
Switched At Birth is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

5
29 3
The Giant Pool of Money is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

6
56 14
House on Loon Lake is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

7
34 5
#1 Party School is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

8
53 17
Mistakes Were Made is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes
Tucker DeSaulnier added Mistakes Were Made

9
14 4
Who's Canadian? is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

10
18 8
Act V is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

11
15 6
Notes on Camp is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

12
15 6
Babysitting is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

13
10 2
Somewhere in the Arabian Sea is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

14
13 5
No Coincidence, No Story! is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

15
10 3
Toxie is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

16
9 3
Same Bed, Different Dreams is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

17
13 7
First Day is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

18
8 3
20 Acts in 60 Minutes is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

19
10 5
The Problem We All Live With is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

20
9 4
Abdi and the Golden Ticket is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

21
7 2
Day At The Beach is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

22
6 2
Shoulda Been Dead is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

23
6 3
Back to Penn State is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

24
5 2
Lower 9 + 10 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes

25
4 2
Get Over It! is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best "This American Life" Episodes