Everyone who narrates on this show is amazing! Clean, crisp speaking that pulls you in. I have listen to the episode about David Rakoss so many times. Truly amazing work.
It really is
Splendid podcast. I wish the previous episodes were also added, but I am satisfied with the current line up.
I look forward to new episodes of This American Life & Iâm always delighted by this podcast.
Slow to start but usually ends up entertaining. Most of the time it covers stories Iâm not interested in but when it does itâs good.
...but I feel like the subject matter in recent seasons has just been less interesting. Sincerely hope they turn it around.
When I started listening to podcasts this was one of my first podcasts I chose to subscribe and it continues to be one of my favorites. â¤ï¸ the little short stories about people. Interest stories!
I've been a huge fan of This American Life ever since I first started listening in 2016. I look forward to listening to this podcast every week, however, lately this podcast has been focusing A LOT on race. I'm sure race is an interesting topic for some, I just personally don't like it when some topics of race seem to divide or worsen race issues, rather than bringing hope or joining races together. I would like to listen to topics less about race and more about people please.
This podcast can be really good, but MANY âmissâ episodes.
Great podcast. Excellent reporting and production. Some stories are better than others but the quality is consistently high
The range of topics and the variety of takes on a topic are amazing. I look forward to this podcast every week.
Real journalism with humanistic storytelling that leaves you a more informed and better citizen of our planet. This radio show brings empathy and understanding to the issues that we all face.
Theyâre legends for a reason.
This is my favorite podcast. I love the way they tell their story and how the theme is thread throughout the show. Thank you for all you guys do to keep us listeners entertained!
TBH, it took me a little while to get into This American Life - I think mostly because I wasnât accustomed to the format. However, when I got over that hump, I discovered a whole new, amazing world. Itâs not just that I love this podcast, moreover, it makes me happy (and sometimes relieved) just knowing that it exists - and I say that from the bottom of my heart.
This is one of the best Podcasts ever made because it is from one of the best radio shows ever made. If you never listen to this before enjoy binging on it for a couple of weeks.
The best radio show and the best podcast. TAL has shifted in recent years from slice-of-life looks at aspects of American culture (which it still does plenty of) to deep dive investigative reporting. The Giant Pool of Money remains one of the best explanations of the financial crisis. Other essential shows look at segregation in education, schools in Chicago, and the refugee system. And Notes on Camp is my personal favorite.
There are some great, well-written stories here, but the omnipresent politicizing of topics wears on you. I might expect this of a more overtly political podcast, and I could certainly forgive it if there was an attempt at balance, but there isn't. The show has become more stronglyâand openlyâleft-leaning over time. Still a great podcast, but the polemics are tiresome.
The best podcast!
Love listening every week - anticipate the release of new episodes!!! Excellent. One of my favorite podcasts.
There isn't a better hour on the radio.
I love hearing the incredible experiences that people have had and how they endure. Not always a happy ending, but always inspiring.
There will never be a This American Life that I won't enjoy, even if I don't always agree with everything. In depth, thought provoking. Always good.
I first listened to This American Life in middle school as a class assignment back in 2004, I havenât missed an episode since.
There isn't one real word that perfectly describes This American Life, but someone made-up one.Sonder - the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.I find renewed stores of empathy and compassion after each episode for everyone. EVERYONE. Even the guy who cut me off on the highway while I was listening to the podcast.
Thank you, Ira, for helping me feel less alone after moving to a new city and trying to adjust to a new life. I turn on TAL and it feels like I have someone in the room, walking down the street with me, trying to cheer me up with stories that are meaningful and give me hope. I donât know what I would do without this podcast. It helps me get going in the morning and relax in the evening.
The standard bearer for all other podcasts. TAL is golden. Thank you for the great work!
Production quality is outstanding and I genuinely enjoy the presentation. There are times when this show surprises me with how fair and balanced it is. But the vast majority of the time the pieces are nothing but politically correct talking points wrapped up in nice stories. I can't do it any more. I have unsubscribed.
By highlighting the Proud Boys alongside racists and asking leading questions, then âletting the audience decideâ youâre simply trying (hard) to force that round peg in the square hole. And for those that arenât knowledgeable enough about the topic and lack enough critical thinking skills, this podcast may have accomplished your goals. Leading people to believe the Proud Boys are a racist group.
Where have you been??
Always makes my day better when I listen to this podcast! So much raw emotion and uncensored truth
Love TAL ever since I was a kid when my mom used to listen on our way home from school! Now as an adult I never fail to miss an episode.
I work from home with 2 little ones so life is incredibly busy but I always find time to sneak this podcast in. I love listening to the stories and interviews! So so good!
I have been listening to the podcast for some years, but have felt in particular that the podcast from this past year have been so insightful and thoughtful. I wish everyone could listen to them. I listen to a number of podcasts, but this is by far the best. I am often deeply moved it. Keep up the fantastic work, This American Life, and everyone else, please support public radio.
I used to enjoy this show despite the obvious political leanings. After White Haze, Iâm out. Act 1, just like the guy claims, you are blaming his group for attracting members who take things to extremes. Groups with strong beliefs canât always control who they attract or how members act. Now, his next step needs to be kick out anybody who displays racism, strongly explain thatâs not what theyâre about. If he does that, whatâs the problem? Just like Muslims say they are peaceful and terrorists arenât true Muslims. Many religions have kooks who use religious teachings to justify extreme behavior. That doesnât mean religion should stop teaching anything.Act 2, I agree with Wes. Why give this guy a platform? A voice? Iâve been hanging on to this podcast by a thread since the election. You cut the thread this week.
The stories are so beautifully told.
This podcast never fails to challenge me personally, professionally, spiritually, or all of the above. Love hearing these stories and really enjoy Ira.
By far the best podcast
Lovely podcast. Stories are interesting, thought provoking, and well done.
Sobbed over this one. Fantastic listening; I've recommended TAM to all my friends. Keep up the good work, Ira and crew.
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.