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This American Life (TAL) is a weekly hour-long radio program produced by WBEZ in Chicago and distributed by Public Radio International. TAL is hosted by Ira Glass and is primarily a journalistic non-fiction program, although it has also featured essays, memoirs, field recordings, short fiction, and found footage. A TAL television series is in production and is tentatively scheduled to begin broadcasting in on the Showtime cable network

Each week's show loosely centers on a particular theme. Examples of themes include "The Cruelty of Children," "Hoaxing Yourself," "Fiasco!" and "Testosterone". The theme of the show is explored in several acts. Shows usually consists of two to five acts, however sometimes an entire program can consist of a single act. Each act is produced by a different contributor in conjunction with a staff producer, some editors of the show and some freelancers.

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