This American Life is a program hosted by Ira Glass that tackles a wide range of subjects relevant to life in the USA. It started as a radio program and has grown to podcasts, live tours, and for a brief time, a television show. The premise is straightforward and simple. Take a theme or topic and explore it in 2-5 Acts. At times this program has delivered some of the most compelling programming. For example, in 2008, This American Life presented a story called “The Giant Pool of Money”. It was the clearest effort I have heard to explain what brought about the recession. And just this year the program did a 2 part feature on Harper High School in Chicago where they spent 5 months following the story of gun violence. Watch for this effort to win some major accolades, as it was one of the most significant stories they have ever done.