As above !!
The biased reporting forces me to turn off several episodes but I keep coming back. I think it may have changed a little in the past few years in that regard. Did they always have this many reruns?
First podcast I've ever subscribed to, and still one of the best
Canât say much more that hasnât already been said by other reviewers; just had to say that this is one of the best radio shows out there, if not the best. Oh and yes, it will often make you cry...
This show is boring and has a low production quality.
Hands down the BEST PODCAST EVER but please please please get someone else to do the ads for Square Space, Blue Apron and whatever else they're pushing lately. His nasally tone and crunched up little mouth is sooooo annnnooooyyyyyiiinnnnnggggg... Make it stop, just please make it stop.
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 episode1 of the worst things is that some episodes have huge amounts of vocal fry. I've never been able to finish any of those podcast episodes. You're talking over a microphone for a living - please try to speak in a manner that doesn't sound like nails on a chalkboard.
It's like a warm blanket on a cold night!
this podcast is either my favorite or least favorite of the week, never in between!
Beyond words!! I enjoy every minute of each episode. Always helping me to see both sides.
A good show with great production value and a fantastic back catalogue. Unfortunately, they seem to go to the back catalogue instead of producing new shows more often than not anymore. I understand that good content takes time and could forgive them for not being able to produce a new show each week if they would be upfront the shows were repeats. Instead the shows are presented as new so I use my bandwidth to download them only to get a sense of dÃ©jÃ vu followed by frustration a few minutes in. They will state at the end it's a repeat, why not let us know upfront and let us decide if we want to listen again instead of presenting it as a new podcast every week?
Always so happy when there's a new episode!
I listen to this podcast whenever I'm in the car. It is amazing!
Love the wide range of topics! Sometimes they are invested in really investigating to the bottom of something and sometimes it's a fun topic like fowl around Thanksgiving and Christmas!! Love it all!!
I figured after many years of looking forward to this show every week, I ought to leave a review. This is the gold standard by which I view all other podcasts, and none come close. Truly the best storytelling out there today.
Really a fundumental part of listening. From inane bits like the Rest Stop episode to really hard hitting stuff like Habeas Schmabeas, almost always good radio. Not to mention that it directly or indirectly spawned Serial, Planet Money, the and the entire Gimlet network.
I love everything about this American life. Keep it up. You add so much joy to my life.
I look forward to listening to this show every week. If there are a bunch of podcast in my queue, I'll listen to this one before all the rest. The topics are always relevant, the discussions interesting, and the people fascinating. I could listen to Ira Glass all day.
Love!! I have looked forward to This American Life new episodes every week for years. This show makes me look at topics through new perspectives and I love it. Keep up the amazing work!!
I used listen on the radio and now thoroughly enjoy the podcast.
I would appreciate a content warning if there is suicide or addiction in the story but otherwise love the humanity this podcast brings
I listen to TAL every Monday on my commute to and from work. I actually look forward to my commute! The stories are infinitely interesting, and Ira is a charming host. I find this show so soothing.
This is the original, before there were podcasts this American life was on the radio. I look forward to each new episode and appreciate the podcast version without radio edits. A great in depth look into important issues and at other times just wonderful stories. A true pleasure.
Always moved by your stories. Keep them coming!ðð½
Best show on radio
I really like this show for the most part...however I do Wish reporters would base their segments on actual facts instead of opinions ...in particular in the segment about Jehovah's Witnesses. We don't treat people with negativity, or say hurtful things about homosexuals, we do however follow the Bible. Not just our bible ... any translation of the Bible. It seemed the reporter didn't really know much about Jehovah's Witnesses religion... especially not to make an entire program about it. Please let's not encourage misinformation.
First ballot entry into the podcast hall of fame.
This American Life is one of the best podcasts I have found. Definitely worth you time and even if one particular weeks episode doesn't suit you, do yourself a favor and listen to others. While I wouldn't say every episode is a home run, they consistently put out quality podcasts that are worthy of your ear time! There are several gems in their archives too and I genuinely look forward to their weekly release when new episodes are available. Thank you to Ira and the team for making my life more full and rich. I appreciate all that you do. Please keep it up.
I used to genuinely enjoy this show, but the latest episode was adulation of a super wealthy family who's heiress was appointed a government title out of pure corruption. This is no longer a slice of life podcast but publicly funded or for the super rich. Avoid.
A must-listen podcast.
Poignant story telling with heart and soul. I've loved every single episode and listened to some episodes more than once. Bravo to the entire team at TAL. Keep up the excellent work.
I used to love this show up until this year. Since Trump took office, this show became a propaganda avenue for so called progressive liberals. I am sick and tired of the same bs on every single show commercial and even sports tv show I find my self watching/listening/reading. What has journalism had become? Have some respect for your profession! The reason why these podcast exist is so people can listen to unbiased professional reports and use their critical thinking skills. Now every single episode (even the lightest subject ones) contains a hidden message against conservatives, Trump supporters or pretty much against every person who doesn't use the same rhetoric and have the same cookie cutter way of seeing the world... not all of us are leftie zombies. I am now unsubscribing my self from this podcast. What a shame. I wanted candy! Not broccoli! If you want to impose your political views on others then at least be honest about it, and present your show for what it is: Left propaganda. I think we have enough of it. At least I had enough of it.
Still remember many years ago stumbling on this show on NPR (girls switched at birth episode) and just being in love.
Your political views of late have completely turned me off and you should change the podcast to THIS UNAMERICAN LIFE Tired of the attacks on the Right I'm sure you'll do something on the First Lady's shoes
I look forward to this all week!
Have been a listener for a number of years, listened to the archived websites, loved the variety of topics and the way the show has opened my eyes to issues I was not familiar with. Discouraged that since the 2016 election the focus of the show seems to be strictly political: refugees, immigration, secretary of education, etc... Hope the show will return to its roots, examining life throughout America, not just one sided political conversations
I love this show. I listen every week while mowing the lawn.
One of my favorite podcasts/shows ever!
Listen at your own risk. You may find yourself addicted to this podcast. The variety of stories, narrators and perspectives keeps me coming back for more!
I've been listening for years! I love the show. This American Life was the first NPR show that started me listening to radio and podcasts on a regular basis.
What can I say? It's great.
This show just keeps getting better and better. Just listened to episode #623 and it just blew me away. Thank you for always slaying.
Nothing out there compares to the quality storytelling of This American Life. I have a special place in my heart for Guy and the team. Keep up the good work.
I love all npr podcasts. This is one of my favorites. Thank you.
This show is just incredible. No matter the theme of a given episode, they are always told in a profoundly human and emotionally relatable way, whether is lighthearted and trivial, or personal and intimate or investigative and informative. Sure, occasionally some of the things don't hit home quite as well, but I can't think of a more rewarding regular listen.
That's it. I'm more thoughtful and empathetic, and less judgemental and critical because of the stories shared on This American Life. Thank you, Ira Glass, and NPR.