Glad tal was my first
You never know what you're going to get with TAL. Sometimes you get a really well thought out, creative, poignant piece. And then there's the second segment of the "Map" episode, the one about the brothers. Who cares about these losers? I'll keep subscribing because who knows what will happen next, but I have to register my deep disappointment with this segment.
Live for this pod. Been listening for all the years. But soooo many repeatsssssss.
This podcast does something you donât see much in journalism anymore when reporting on political issues . They tell a whole story from all sides.
This show is beautiful! It pulls you in emotionally and never lets you go. Another reviewer explained it perfectly with their âbewareâ warning. This podcast will take you on an emotional rollercoaster but it is a truly magnificent and enjoyable ride. I recommend every human being give it a listen. Itâs not a podcast youâll easily forget. I love this show! Keep up the great work.
After all these years, this show still delivers.
Big fan of this show and of the variety of subjects covered. Been listening for years and plan to continue. I have learned so much from these podcasts. Thank you to the amazing Ira Glass and the rest of the team.
Wonderful stories. Often this is my wake up listen. Great way to start the day!!
Great connection to struggles of real people.
My number one recommendation to podcast newbies.
love love love !!
Rom com episode was awesome! Think about doing more love stories!
Not interested in millennial drama
I highly recommend this podcast. I have a long commute and have tried listening to a bunch of different podcasts, but this is one of the few that I come back to week after week. The stories are well-reported and engaging, and many times I find myself thinking later about a particular piece I heard. It's thought-provoking but also fun to listen to.
Love this show. It's always interesting, you never know what topic will come up next. And Ira Glass's delivery is engaging.
I have usually loved the episodes I have heard from This American life, but I just listened to episode 653 called Chip in my Brain and the way this story and the interviews are conducted is incredibly offensive. You basically ridicule this black man for his, yes, strange beliefs and put him down the entire time. There is no objectivity in this piece whatsoever and it plays as a super right-wing story. What about the looking at how the motherâs anxiety and creating a traumatic situation where this child was torn away from his long-time friend with no healthy reconciliation added to his suffering? Iâm honestly disgusted at the blatant anti-religious bigotry this episode purports without any efforts to see the other side of the story as well.
Before there were podcast there was This American Life.I have been listening for years..
I never miss an episode!
I wish I had the words to describe how good this is...but I'm no Ira Glass. No matter the story, it's told in a compelling way that makes you care and understand human nature in a way that can't be found anywhere else. I've spent years working my way through the archives and have yet to be bored by a single episode. I often find myself in tears, just as often from happy stories as the heartbreaking ones, even though I'm rarely one to cry. This podcast is truly a gift.
What a show
That's it. This is just the best podcast. Now and ever. Ira & co. dominate.
I love the every story. I learn so much!
The host of This American Life, Ira is the bomb. What he's created with this show is one of a kind. I can't say enough good things about this show. Even episodes that sound like they'd be boring somehow keep me glued to the radio/phone not wanting to put it down.
I thought that charging for this app would mean that it would be user friendly but it is not. To access older episodes, you have to literally scroll through ALL the episodes! And if you are listening to them from the beginning (which I am because Iâm up to date on all the ones from the last 5 years or so, it is a pain in the butt at best and impossible at worst. Right now, I canât scroll past episodes from 2018. And they also changed their website so you canât access old episodes there. Finally, I miss their old episodes as it seems so many of the recent ones are about Trump and his politics. Ugh! Thumbs down!
The best stories and storytelling. Love this and canât believe it took me so long to discover it.
Never boring and full of information. I love Iraâs voice and his reporting!
So interesting and fun. I look forward to every episode!
Good show. Informative and thoughtfully dedicated to reporting on human interest.
I have loved this show on Public Radio for years and years. It is wonderful having it on demand in podcast form. I hope it never goes away.
I love when mama ru gets spiritual and when Michelle has to teach her annunciation to words. The episodes with just Michele and ru riffing back and forth are probably the funniest. Dey so funfay!
The sad part is what about all the parts that are true. Itâs almost like swinging the pendulum all the way to the other side and make your son become an atheist please Jesus did die for our Sins. And there will be a day of the rapture. But nobody knows when thatâs going to happen I feel bad for the mom for the day God asked why didnât want your child to be baptized. Have a relationship with Jesus Christ. He sent his only Son to die for all of us. Gay, straight, black, white sex before marriage, murderers is doesnât matter. We all can have free wilt and have the choice to have eternal life because of Jesus. And I do see a lot of Christians be judge mental towards others which makes them want to turn away from getting to know God but Iâll tell you this it doesnât matter who you are what youâve done who you lay in bed with every night we all can go to heaven. Into every judge mental Christian we all fall short Jesus gave his life for all of us to be in heaven. So yes some super computer and that he has some special one on one connection with God is BS. Christ said beware of false prophets... but donât let one manâs actions turn you away from getting to know God you want to relationship with them all you have to do is ask. Into his mother you sound like a very sweet and caring and loving mom take the opportunity to talk to Christ also heâll listen. And itâs OK circumstances you were put in 95% of us parents wouldâve never known either and to the parents to think they would have you about your children are doing stuff right now you have no clue and wouldâve never thought in 1 million years. Love you all God bless
Episode 635 was extremely difficult to listen to due to the vocal fry of David Kestembaum. I constantly had to adjust the volume because David kept lowering the tone/pitch of his voice so much that he became inaudible. Then someone else would speak and I would get my ears blown out.
...are you really alive? This is the jewel in the Public Radio (and podcasting)crown.
Ira Glass and his team are doing terrific job. This is the journalism as I dreamed on (when I got disappointed in realities of it and went to medical school). Series about "my town", "schools in Chicago" and I still keep "one last thing before I go" because it's just a piece of art.
So I was listening to this for a while. The episode that got me to subscribe was about a guy that as a teen ran away to go live with a fantasy writer he enjoyed. He was returned to his home but it was great to hear the stories of real people. Then when Trump began his campaign, they began to get political. I know which way NPR leans as far as politics go. They did a show where it seemed that they pointed to a gay teen that was favoring Trump as being wrong and mislead. I stopped listening to the podcast after that. I am not for Trump, but they didn't do anything on Hillary who is also corrupt. She stole the Democratic Vote from Bernie Sanders.
The podcast that defines what podcasting should be.
This episode is really captivating! Great listen! I can directly connect and relate. Hate podcasts but absolutely love this!
I find the stories typically interesting but one out of every four or five are boring. The reporting and producing on the podcast are done well and very professional. Topics and stories are from a very liberal viewpoint which is not surprising since it is out of Chicago. Listen with that in mind.
This used to be an amazing podcast and I would listen to this every single week. Plus, this used to be the podcast that all of the other podcasts would get compared to.However, around September of 2016 there was an abrupt and drastic change to this podcast.Since then, almost every episode has been political and theyâre now just as biased as MSNBC, which sadly, is not at all an exaggeration. Itâs completely ridiculous how biased this podcast is now.
I understand how the atmosphere of This American Life feels smarmy, kind of like cafÃ© Liberals who take themselves too seriously ; however, as authors and producers, Ira Glass and the staff of TAL are often self-deprecating and well aware of the social dens they have built for themselves. This self-reflection (also noticeable in Serial and S-Town) allows them to weave stories without condescending or manipulating the people involved. Whether speaking to veterans, 6-figure attorneys, the impoverished, protestors, or Tea Party Republicans, I never feel as if somebody has been patronised or misrepresented in their interview. This manner of empathy is not necessary to social functioning : I understand how it feels to be highly opinionated and impatient with those I believe to be "the enemy", so to speak. What This American Life achieves with its style, though, allows people such as myself to begin to understand how others think and live without insulting any involved party.
I only started listening to This American Life about 18 months ago. I wish Iâd known about it years ago! This podcast touches on many parts of American culture that I never would have been exposed to otherwise and every one is fascinating. The producers and investigative reporters do a wonderful job asking just the right questions and finding just the right peopleâs stories to tell. Iâm going to introduce it to my teenager going off to college. Itâs the best riding companion Iâve found!
Good luck finding an episode that isnât about race.
Great Podcast if you are interested in exploring crazy subjects, and not interested in politics. I love it for it's relaxing/informative nature.
The authors produced a show to support their agenda. Although they say they set out to find if illegal immigration is detrimental to uneducated Americans they already had their answer before they started. If you donât care about the truth this is an interesting and entertaining propaganda piece. They did get a fair amount of Trump bashing in the end. Everything you would expect from NPR. I gave it an extra show because it was well produced. They do like the phrase anti immigration when they men anti illegal immigration. But hey facts donât matter when youâre pushing an agenda
I love the stories on This American Life, but for the past some time everything has been repeats. I just get started and realize Iâve heard it before. Please, some new content!
Great show. Great variety of interesting topics and stories. Love it.