Glass and the crew look behind popular political rhetoric for human stories and also find obscure stories unrelated to current headlines. Always fascinating and human, though I do occasionally wish theyâd find something debunking the other side of the political aisle.
This used to be an amazing podcast and I would listen to this every single week. However, around September of 2016 there was an abrupt and drastic change with 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 ridiculous how biased this podcast is now.
I love the stories from TAL. However, in the last few months, they have started talking so fast itâs very hard to understand them. Frustrating.
My favorite podcast by far.
Love the diversity of topics presented!
Great stories that will almost never be told through MSM.
I wish I could access older episodes through the app but itâs nice to easily access any new ones that come out.
Been listening for years. The topics are relevant, current, and give a great dose of perspective on our times.
This show used to be so good! Not sure why but it's really gone downhill. Sad.
The show is great most of the time. However, I hate the âIâm doing a poem from the perspective of a trash canâ style bits. The factual âstoriesâ are excellent, but those arenât. It also really bugs me that they donât mark whether the podcast is a rerun. Iâve gotten 10 minutes into a podcast before realizing itâs old.
Unreal how good this podcast is. Listening as often as possible. I recommend you do the same.
Started listening to TAL in 2008. I didnât even know what podcasts were before that. TAL changed me! I listen to podcasts everyday now. Every Monday morning Iâm so excited to listen to the new TAL episode. Ira Glass is a master. I canât say enough about Ira and TAL. Such a great podcast!
This show is great! It's always well put together, always interesting, and always a great listen! Ira Glass is awesome and he makes one heck of a show!
When I first started community college as a teenager TAL was my first exposure to understanding the world through other peopleâs eyes. If it werenât for this show, this small town girl wouldnât have been as successful in college and ultimately in life. This show is wonderful. I recommend to all! (And you can cite their work in college papers too, an added bonus - think of every episode as âresearchâ if youâre a social science major.)
One of the best moving relevant podcasts ever. Saw Ira live in Saint Louis- so good when everything appeared to go wrong.
No better listen anywhere
Iâve been listening to this show on my local NPR station for many years. I cannot begin to count the number of times Iâve been in my car listening, only to find myself home, sitting in my driveway, with 20 minutes left... and I cannot recall once even considering turning off my radio to walk in my house. Itâs THAT GOOD!
Just listened to the release of Harold and it was a fairly decent story just was pretty overwhelmingly biased to fit the metropolitan liberal audience. It was a self serving pity party about Obama being gone and trump being in office. I loved the irony that TAL didn't even realize it was drawing a direct comparison to the journalists response to Harold coming into office as when Trump was elected. The liberation theory and post modernist identity politics that was pushed in this episode is what continues to divide and weaken America.
I'm thankful for all the work this group does to put this site together week after week.
Look, this podcast is always the behemoth in the room, the OG of podcasts/radio shows in the 21st century as it were.... and it's a well-deserved title. Every single episode will draw you in, open your eyes, leave you more connected to your fellow Americans. In short, must-have on every podcast listener's list.
Yeah, it's good. It's been good for pretty much forever. You pretty much have to try not liking it.
If youâre new to TAL, subscribe and work your way though all of the back catalogue episodes. There are some amazing stories, I feel this podcast set the standard for the industry. As a decade long listener, I am anxiously waiting to see if they produce more new shows. Seems most of the episodes this year have been repeats or mashups of previous stories. I think many of the long time contributors have moved on to other projects.
This may come off as very âfirst world problemsâ but Apple Podcasts only allow you to access the most recent 4 episodes. Iâve read that this is an option selected by the content creators. I would like to have access to all the archives to listen to. 5 stars on the content of the podcast. Overall only 2 stars because of poor curation.
Don't waste your time on this. Instead listen to something that actually enriches your life and teaches you something. A terrible drag.
I have absolutely loved listening to this podcast every week for the past year. Then suddenly there was a dramatic change that I donât enjoy at all. One act in each of the podcast has been a dramatic narrative reading of a fictional story. I donât listen to this podcast to hear that. I have Audible if I want to hear a story, of my choosing, read aloud. I want true human stories told to me during this podcast.
Itâs been a few years since Iâve listened. Between Ira Glassâs smug voice, horn rimmed glasses, and general terrible human beingness and trying to figure of what David Sederis is doing, I gave up. If youâve got an ironic moustache, this is your podcast. The rest of us can save our time.
This American Life is the first podcast that I ever listened to. The stories are educational, heartfelt, and thoughtful. Itâs the show that made me fall in love with the medium.
can't wait for each new episode!
What has happened to this show? I will admit it was never great but it was at least interesting. The last 5 or 6 episodes have been awful and I'm done with TAL. I'm outta here. I might check back in in a few months but I've done that before and was always disappointed upon my return. I doubt I'll be back. The magic is gone Ira, time to move on to something else.
Ira, Sarah, Julie, BRIAN.... Gifting journalists. I love ALL of your shows. Everyone should check out the âCarsâ episode of TAL.... One of my faves! Bravo!
Love it, purest from
This was the first program to make me fall in love with radio (and later--podcasts!). "TAM" continues to impress me with the unique stories and voices it showcases, which not only leave me personally with food for thought, but also occasionally make an appearance in my ELA classroom. I am forever grateful for the voices and the brains behind this fine radio program.
Poor representation of a car dealership. They were extremely outdated. Wish you would have selected a dealer that has adapted to the real world.
Ira and the crew will take you on an engaging journey sure to penetrate your heart and thoughts, forever changing the way you approach societal issues.
How do Ira and his team manage it? There are some shows that are remarkably good and others that are only excellent. Like great authors, it seems simple and straightforward but only very talented writers can put stories together that feel so accessible but contain the secrets of humankind. Just a fantastic show.
This is so interesting
Not that funny honestly
Keeping it Real! thank you!!!
What can you say about an American institution like Ira Glass and TAL? How about this- always poignant, always interesting, always important.
I love this podcast!
Itâs a good podcast just every now and again they are so biased and pick and choose what facts they want and donât report the whole situation just what proves their point.
I love old episodes of this show. As of lately, Iâve been less than impressed. The stories arenât as deep, interesting or politically charged. Make me sad to see a show I once loved go down the drain.
The millennial women on this show just make it unbearable to listen to, with their vocal fry and upspeak.The stories are getting less interesting too.But seriously, the vocal fry is seriously annoying, to the point I canât listen.
The âdistinguished gentleman â of the podcast world but manages to keep it fresh!
Amazed, touched, and inspired by the stories shared here and the way they are brought to life. And when done by a master, what not love!
Iâve followed for a few years now and I can sense Iraâs ingenuity but not in the other commentators. Disappointedð
What can I say about this podcast that hasnât already been said?I love listening to new stories and insights of the beautiful and sometimes frustrating American experience.Sometimes, I am reluctant to listen to a podcast that may be addressing an issue that makes me feel uncomfortable or maybe doesnât line up with my beliefs. These are the moments when I feel TAL is most vital and important to media and journalism.I will say that I do wish, at times, there was a slightly less liberal bias to give liberal listeners a better idea of the insights and beliefs of the right. However, NPR works hard to get to the truth and I understand Ira canât hold back his opinions since this still is a podcast after-all.Thanks for the great story telling and eye opening information!