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This is my go to podcast. The creators are always finding cool ideas to report on and it brings up so much great conversation throughout my life.
This American Life is one of the best podcasts, if not the best. Recently I have very much appreciated the timely and poingant polical episodes. I have lived all over the country and I appreciate the effort made to share our stories.
Always great topics and a variety of views.
My favorite podcast, and I listen to A BUNCH of podcasts.
When they talk about the best classic podcasts, this will be #1 on the list.
As a slightly left leaning moderate who never got involved in politics besides voting in elections, I am so dissapointed with This American Life and other NPR and shows in the past year. It's all a bunch of virtue signaling. I understand that NPR has programming that is left leaning, but they used to do it in a way that made the shows enjoyable to the moderates and they were the background to my life on a daily basis. That is no longer true and now all it has done is make me want to be more politically active and pushed me to the right because they don't realize how they are being perceived by most of their middle of the road, level-headed listeners. They took a show that I looked forward to every week and have ruined it with their far left regressive spin. I hope they wake up and see they are pushing away a core audience of people who just wants to listen to a show without a political agenda. So disappointed and I truly mourn a show that used to be interesting, thought provoking and enjoyable.
This is one of my favorite podcasts of ALL TIME. I never miss an episode and often listen more than once. It's a MUST.
This is THE podcast that all other podcasts come from. Enough said there.
Always brilliant and entertaining.
I can't wait until Mondays when I am doing something that I need to thoroughly engage me. This podcast is so good. I love the structured way they do it with Acts.
Used to love this program but sick of politics and liberal bias creeping into so many of the episodes. Every time I try to come back I am reminded of why I left.
This podcast was the first podcast I listened to that got me into all other podcasts! One of my first things I put in my docket every Sunday!
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Such interesting material. I've listened to this program on the radio for years. Now I listen to the podcast.
Come on. If this isn't 5 stars what is?
Love this podcast - how do they still come up with interesting content? Amazing.
Last year or two TAL has slipped in my perspective and has way too many repeats and low energy shows.
I consider myself to be moderate, and independent. This show advocates the acceptance of pretty much every alternative behavior. Which is not that big of a deal. But for example, they had a show where the were pushing the idea that being obese is okay. And the main story teller claimed she was "coming out" about being fat. She literally says in the episode that she just started tricking herself into thinking being obese is fine. Look being fat has nothing to do with quality of your humanity, but it is unhealthy and the idea of pushing acceptance is not okay for public health. Listen to this podcast for awhile and you'll eventually see that the claim or make statements with no support. They had to publicly state that my favorite episode (at the time), one about changing people's minds was in fact false information. They don't investigate enough or look at both sides enough.
A great podcast to listen to while on some boring exercise machine. I might actually exercise long enough to get in shape!
The New York Times doing what they do. Facts. Sources. Information. Not for those that don't like to hear the truth.
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Just keeps getting better and better. The episode titled Tell me I'm Fat was powerful.
There are few podcasts I have continuously listened to and this is one of those few. Ira glass has a beautiful voice and produces beautiful stories. These stories have made me laugh out loud, made me cry out loud, and made me think about the life I live. It's a beautiful hour that i can't imagine living without.
Can't get enough, I wish new episodes came put more often! It's Glass is a great storyteller and the producers always come up with fascinating topics.
This American Life puts out the best content. Love the podcast, I wouldn't miss it.
Almost every other week for the last six months, there has been recycled material. Stories I have heard before. My heart sinks when I get in the car Monday morning to listen to the new episode only to realize it is another re-run.
My very first podcast, years ago. Still one of the best shows, every week. Amazing stories and great reporting, plus a lovely host.
The only time I don't like the show is when it's a repeat, and then I feel a little hurt.
This is my all time favorite podcast.
It has been 10 weeks since I heard of any remotely interesting story. Too much politics and agenda being driven. Especially after November. Sorry, I plan to invest my time elsewhere.
Seriously love this
I've been a listener of TAM since before I can remember, riding in the back of my parent's Subaru to and from the suburbs within and around Portland, Oregon. The waves of the show's tone, stories, and production have ebbed and flowed, and I have enjoyed each phase/"season" of the show. This past week's episode and and initial interview was the first time in a while where it felt like a human being was chatting with Ira -- not over-curated or polished. Hoping for more of this style and true glimpse of the diverse and interesting people and stories!
Tell Me Im Fat episode didn't state the "why" behind why some people are fat, even though they don't eat more than others. Sam Harris's most recent podcast "What to Eat" covers some very important information that should be public knowledge. A calorie is not a calorie, fat is not the culprit etc. I am disappointed that this American Life did not take the opportunity to inform the thousands and thousands of listeners of the whole truth and the science- the "why" behind it all.
Always a great listen. Everything Ira Glass touches turns to gold.
I especially appreciated the way that this podcast covered the refugee crisis, the issue of refugees in the US, and the election. Very few other podcasts, news agencies, or writers/journalists were covering those topics in the same wayâpersonal, exploratory, engaged, compassionate. Thank you, TAL! I always hear interesting new ideas and thought-provoking tidbits, many of which make their way into my writing and thinking.
This podcast used to be delightful. Great, interesting stories on several different topics. Now every episode is about Trump and politics. Ok we get it, you're a liberal democrat - I don't freaking care. Can you please talk about something else besides political pukes??? I don't listen to your show for politics, there is enough of that snooze fest out there. GET CREATIVE because right now you are soooooo BORING.
This program is everything.
The first time I heard it I was hooked. I quickly burned through their entire backlog and haven't looked back since. Excellent storytelling and journalism.
Couldn't love this more. Six stars.
I love every episode, and I've listened to them all!
Great story telling.
Will always love this show. Amazing stories that stick with you forever. Too many moments and memories to go through them all. The only disappointment is when an old episode is repeated instead of a new one as I've heard then ALL. Love this show.
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.