Thanks to This American Life, my commute home from work is one of my favorite parts of my day. When I was younger, I associated NPR with âboringâ ... I am so glad to have re-discovered it now that I can more fully appreciate all of the great podcasts and shows that it has to offer!
These are the best shows on radio. I love to listen to the podcasts even though I lose sleep while listening. Very well produced.
For years This American Life has filled my days with joy. Unfortunately, the divisive political climate seems to have completely derailed the program that I feel in love with. It has morphed into a broken record that plays the same depressing tune over and over again.Please bring back the whimsical and diverse tales that highlighted the everyday beauty of our American story.
This is a laugh out loud episode! Christmas is over and Iâm still listening and laughing at this one. Absolutely hilarious!
Amazing show. Itâs like reading a new novel or attending an amazing, intricate lecture. LOVE it.
What a great episode to ring out 2018. I am sure some will accuse you of being too fuzzy and warm in this set of stories, but you had me at âlibrary.â Thank you for a great, coherent yet diverse, and very moving end-of-year episode.
i look forward to new episodes of this american life every week. unfortunately only once every month do i get new content. i donât understand why you canât produce new content anymore and you just play old episodes. please start making new content.
As always, but this narrator tries so hard to imitate Ira, who happens to be the worst podcast host of all time. Every sentence begins at normal volume but trails off so quiet it is impossible to understand. To hear the end of a sentence or statement, the volume has to be uncomfortably loud at the beginning. Terrible audio quality can ruin even the best stories.
This American Life was the radio show that got me into talk radio and arguably created the market and set the bar for podcasting. I used to look forward to Sundays the way a kid looks forward to summer camp or a parent looks forward to their kids going to summer camp. But now with producers spread thin on side projects, contributors starting their own spin off shows and a plethora of reruns in the queue every month the show has just lost its momentum. Maybe it will rebound to its once great stature or maybe it will just fade away leaving a legacy to uphold its monolithic reputation. Either way hopefully something happens soon...before we get the âcasino tourâ were everyone shakes their heads and reminisces about how great of a show they used to put on.
This used to be the gold standard for rich, intelligent story-telling about everyday, extraordinary people in this country - people with original stories to tell about events both big and small. Once an intimate and moving show, it has become so politicized, doing the same, tedious pseudo-journalism that's everywhere else these days. Believe me, I'm sympathetic to their point of view in principle, but I don't listen to this show for that. Rather, this used to be a respite from the political noise - a show with the ability to temporarily mute all of that with stories that might best be told across a kitchen table. Simply, the stories used to unfold with less judgment, less pov, and less trailing politicians around with a mic. To listeners and producers - do yourselves a favor and listen to the old episodes. It used to be great.
Lots of propaganda w: a hint of truth. Far left! Canât stomach it anymore
This is THE podcast...the classic...the podcast on which all others should be judged. If you are just starting to get into listening to Podcasts, This American Life is where you should begin.
TAL, the podcast, not the magician from Riga, chess player, is my favorite podcast of all time. It is out of this world! It is human, humane, humanistic, and as wise as Hume or Locke, as brilliant as any crack stand up comedian, as touching as any Russian novelist up to snuff, as penetrating as French cigarette stained finger pointing post war existentialist street cafe philosopher, all rolled into one giant symphony of colors and sound! Also, as nimble as the Chicago Bulls in the 80âs, or as enduring as America and its ideals, despite recent notable Bush League or Cheetos dipped setbacks... I love This American Life, TAL. This grant astonishingly wise experiment animated and monitored by geniuses from public radio, no less! Ira Glass, his endlessly surprising crew. His flat nasal annoying voice not withstanding, his wit. All the endless crackling sparkle! One story beating the next. Week after week, year after year. Connections, resonances, sympathetic involutions and revolutions around literary heavens! Hooray TAL! A 1000 hoorays! You make America, three tales at a time, a shining beacon of hope for the intellect, the patriot, the brother at hand. Every week I say, well! They will never top that! And then, like magic, a new rabbit is pulled right out of the anthropological bowels of Uncle Samâs top hat! You walk on stilts, TAL. You are great! Bedros AfeyanPleasanton, CA1-1-2019
This is one of my favorite podcasts. You tell interesting and âcurrent issueâ stories. Keep up the great work.
I really like this podcast. If you get the This American Life app you get all the episodes. But i love all the variety of the episodes. It is so fun to learn new things on this podcast. The narration is sooo good.
I found it impossible to listed to the episode "Words" because of the speech affect of the host, Alix Spiegel. Her over reliance on vocal fry [creaky voice] was distracting to the point of overwhelming the content of the podcast.
Too bad this podcast only has a focus on bashing republicans and men.
When first we met I was smitten. Thank you for the years of company.
I love this show but am unable to listen on devices that block explicit content because all episodes are rated E. Why the blanket rating? Would it be possible for TAML to rate by episode as other podcasts do?
I will always have a special place in my heart for Ira and This American Life. I would be sad to miss it or catch only parts on NPR (the *radio*, so old school) and when I discovered I could listen on demand...I binged HARD. Now Iâm a podcast junkie and I have this pod to thank for it. I may find new podcasts to binge, but I this show will forever be my first true love.
Your shows eventually become interesting. The problem is it takes too long to get to the meat of each episode. Cut your podcasts to 25 minutes or less. I listen to shows while driving. Rarely am I in the car more than 20 minutes. You have too much wasted time and material.
Trying to tell a story but always comes back to âbad republicans!â. Example: healthcare is expensive... cuz Trump he says. Votes are rigged... cuz republicans etc... your show is biased... slanted... one sided....and deleted
Best podcast (or one of)
always a pleasure to listen to these stories
I've enjoyed this podcast for years, but had to abandon "Words" 10 minutes in due to the vocal fry. (And thanks to an earlier TAL episode, I know what to call it!)
The episode of this show titled âReturn to Childhoodâ is by far the best podcast episode Iâve ever listened to. The first 5 minutes are absolutely heartwarming and asks very serious questions about our human memories. I will definitely be a long time listener!
The female reporters on This American Life kill it. Stephanie Foo, Sarah Koenig, Hanna Joffe Walt, Elna Baker, Alix Spiegel - they are literally the best voices in radio journalism today. All their voices are excellent and if you are complaining about vocal fry you clearly havenât listened to the 2015 episode where they talk about vocal fry. You are complaining into a void. No one cares.
This podcast used to be very interesting, now it has just become another political podcast. And Iâm sorry but I canât stand the way Zoe talks, it sounds like sheâs talking to a little kid or something and accentuates words in an odd way. It seems like Iâm passing over more episodes than I am listening to them now.
I love âThis American Lifeâ but the female reporter in âWordsâ had such irritating vocal fry, I stopped listening and donât know if Iâll ever make it through that episode. Grrr...
Very nearly unlistenable due to the vocal fry of the young woman presenting the piece. I do not understand why this particular podcast is riddled with non-professional broadcasters that have either a speech impediment (Ira Glass) or unlistenable vocabularyâs ( sort of, kind of, like).
I just want to say that is is impossible not to read any of the previews without hearing Iraâs voice and pausing where he would pause. Also, the show is incredible. Keep up the good work.
Part medical mystery, part investigative reporting and part homage to a remarkable young doctor who tries to help a man he did not know, this episode is an example of the best form of journalism. Hats off to everyone involved.
We want to hear what you are saying
What else is there to say about TAL.... Send a podcast to someone who has a hard time reading... They will thank you.
Love this show! But can you stop playing those AWFUL and RIDICULOUS Business Schooled ads for the Synchrony podcast?
Ira is gripping. I love the broad subjects, it covers everything. Some weeks itâs super funny, some weeks itâs super sad. Every week itâs really good. Bring Sarah Koenig on more often!
A very good show and the repeated failures that the hosts display in the criminal justice system makes one wonder why they trust the state as much as they do.
Although very disturbing and nauseating, I found this episode very educational. Thank you
It's hard for many other podcasts to compete with the storytelling skills of Ira and team. This show is a classic and a must listen. It's something most everyone can agree on and I find myself retelling the stories I hear from this show because they're fascinating.
Why did Sarah Koenig host of the Serial podcast narrate the TAL episode Dr.Gilmer and Mr.Hyde? After all the case didn't involve supposed law enforcement/ race injustice???
This American Life is not pretentious despite the outstanding quality of the journalism. This show brought me to tears more than once because of the heartbreaking stories they bring to the audience. I was also inspired by so many people on this show. Thank you This American Life!
I have listened to every TAL podcast and saw Ira Glass speak in the past. This show is best when it is talking about individuals, telling stories of Americans. It is really bad at politics. Reached fever pitch of crap in show about Newt Gingrich. They have mastered the public radio version of mansplaining and use this same rhetorical device ad nauseum. It is disingenuous. It is super campy (and not in a good way). I am a bleeding heart liberal but I am getting tired of listening to TALâs facsimile of what should be open-minded and probing inquiry. Instead, there is always a garden path where we are being lead, with increasingly less charm. Stop mansplaining TAL. Get back to individuals and stop trying to explain to hand feed us trite interpretations of current history which are not saffron-coated truffle caviar but little âjournalisticâ turds.
I am not a chauvinist have great respect for the female of the species, but I am getting dam sick and tired of women always crying the blues. In this case where docs are learning, these women would rather end up with an uneducated surgeon working on them. Iâve not heard any guys complaining about anything like this. It seems women today are just out of control. Thereâs bigger problems in the world that effect all colors and genders. Just saying.
Love this American life?!
I have listened since for a decade or so, but please stop broadcasting repeats, especially without any signal that they are repeats. Firstly, the format of a podcast rends the idea of a repeat completely anachronistic. Great news - we have a feed with back episodes! Secondly, by trying to disguise repeats as new episodes this just means that we all waste time listening to the start, only to realise 5-10 minutes in that weâve heard it all before.
All the people that gave one star complaint about something stupid, political, or lazy. People complain about the cussing, when there is an edited version that takes only slightly more work to listen to. People complain that the show got to political, if you understand that this is an art form and the stories are meant to inspire the far and alt right to change there views, the other complaint is that they delete the older episodes but for only 4$ you can get the app which has every episode
This used to be an amazing podcast but it dramatically changed during 2016, likely due to the rise of Donald Trump. Ever since then this podcast has been as biased as MSNBC.
I want to like this, but every time I start getting into the story thereâs a break.
This used to be my favorite podcast, period. Now itâs my favorite podcast that disappoints me regularly. Too many stories about how bad Trump is for the country (even though I whole heartedly agree), and too many insults or smear jobs on my faith (Elna just canât leave it alone). 2 out of 5 is about right these days, and itâs too bad.