This American Life

Fridays 7:00 p.m., Saturdays 2:00 p.m.

The weekly program explores a theme — fiascos, conventions, the job that takes over your life — through a playful mix of radio monologues, mini-documentaries, "found tape," short fiction and unusual music.

Friday, September 19
Saturday, September 20
Origin Story
This week we bring you little-known and surprising stories of how all sorts of institutions—from a controversial legal precedent to a Hollywood teen dance flick—began.
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