One of the best out there
Long time listener, first time reviewer! Love This American Life!
I love this podcast! Their reporting and story telling is so compelling. I love the diversity and openness of their topics. I have a serious case of FOMO when I miss one episode.
This American Life is a classic that never fails
Every episode teaches me something new. I feel like I'm a better more empathic person after listening to this American life.
The greatest of all time.
You know know what you're going to get, but you always know it's going to be good!
TAL was my "gateway drug" to podcasts. Between the variety of topics covered, time spent/dedication of reporters, inclusion of those typically not given a voice, and brilliance of ira glass, This American Life is truly broadcasting at its greatest.
THE podcast to get into podcasts
I'm a long time listener that picked up this new podcast pregnant pause. They said they have almost as many reviews as TAL. It's a good podcast but it's new. lol so I came by to write a review here.
I used to absolutely love this show when they just told stories. Now it's become too political for my taste.
I have so many favorites -- the gold standard in podcasting!
This podcast is really hit and miss for me. Sometimes it's really engaging and sometimes hard to listen to.
I'm an obsessive binge listener. I love Ira Glass and his team. Excellent journalists, interesting topics and unique perspectives.
Pure storytelling, not journalsim like the show would have you believe. Constantly burying the lead.
My number 1 Podcast! Everything is excellent about it!
What a fascinating bunch of interviews - (even catching a new side of Ira--as he gets interviewed during his days off) - exploring how people's values change over time. I love this podcast. Thank you!
There are some great 1s and some not so great. 1 of the best things about this podcast is that they have transcripts for each episode on their website so you can go thru the transcript to determine whether or not to listen in to a particular episode
Was recommended this podcast and started my fascination and total addiction to NPR. Such good quality and the stories are powerful and make me question. Can't speak highly enough of TAL and NPR.
This is one of the few podcasts that have directly inspired ours, How the World Should Work. We can only hope to one day reach the same number of people. Thank you for providing such a great example!
This American Life is consistently very good. The viewpoint is clear and I enjoy the variety. And every once-in-a-while there's a true gem, a story or episode so poignant, well-told, and novel that it affects me deeply (in a way that very few things can). The best example is the two episodes on Harper High School. I always appreciate the show's open-minded attitude, and it has taught me how to be a more understanding person with more nuanced views on the world and others.
Episode #615, "The Beginning of Now", is a real eye opener, but more than that, it's a superb piece of writing and reporting that is pure gold. And to a lesser degree, so, too, is episode #614â "The Other Mr. President". In short, both episodes are expertly produced, written and presented, and this has real impact, and real meaning for those of us who care to stay informed about crucial issues, and who rely on professionals like the TAL team. Thank you, one and all! (P.s. It seems completely wrong of Apple iTunes to sort reviews in "ascending" order! New listeners trying to assess a podcast by way of its listener's reviews should not have to scroll past (down) hundredsâor in TAL's case, THOUSANDSâof old reviews to get at the much more salient, up-to-the-moment reviews; reviews that tell a person far more about a program's current relevance and currency than 5, 8, and 10 year-old reviews! (It makes writing a review essentially meaningless)
Always fun to hear.
I can't really add anything that the other reviewers haven't already mentioned. Great stories that pull you in and stay with you.
Has been for years.
One of my favorite podcasts. Always great stories
I suggest everyone watch the Award winning Independant Documentary called Cartel Land.
This podcast explores different topics relevant to our current time while keeping the topics fresh and informative. I love it!
Master storytellers unwind the complexity of America today, and reveal the path that got us here. It's incredible how well they capture the different and diverse perspectives of Americans.
Always gives me something to think about until the next episode.
Everyone should listen!
A must listen
She ruins every podcast ð©
Been listening for years...always look forward to new episodes!
Captivating, riveting radio. Thankful for this piece of wild truth.
TAL has been posting blah reruns for awhile now. Reporters seem to frequently interview their own friends and family for obscure random stories that ultimately don't go anywhere (except maybe a loose intro to the theme). In recent weeks, TAL episodes seem to largely serve as a platform to plug other podcasts. It was fun while it lasted. Unfortunately, I'm unsubscribing.
Really just what all podcasts should aspire to be.
Great topics, presented in an interesting way. I often have heavy traffic in my commute, but I don't care anymore when I get to listen to this podcast on my drive!I feel like I've learned so much from this podcast, thanks!
I've been listening to This American Life for as long as I can remember and it's rarely let me down.
A podcast staple.
I really enjoy this podcast for the variety of topics and well researched nuggets
Always learn from this Podcast. You know Ira Glass got this.
If you haven't subscribed...what are you waiting for!! Ira glass has got what you need! And there's decades worth for you to catch up on!! Best show in the universe. I hold all radio shows to the This American Life standard, and none can top it.
Makes my life just a bit better