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No More Politics

by GFnotbychoice on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

This used to be my favorite program, but I’ve been incredibly turned-off by the heavy focus on politics in recent years. I’m tired of shows on Trump and I am tired of hearing stories about illegal aliens being deported. This show needs to find the next David Sedaris or Jonathon Goldstein but instead they will keep doing more story’s about politics.

This show has changed

by tomfcct on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

My wife and I loved this show for its great storytelling. Lately all stories wind up to be political. I realize that NPR has a liberal POV. But this show has now gone over the top. With ratings dropping in the app store, it is clear that others feel the same. Hearing about Trump all the time is boring.

Well done

by DLT603 on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I really do love this show, it’s so well done and the journalists are amazing. BUT, I do think it’s become a lot more politics heavy recently. I don’t mind that on occasion, but I enjoyed the earlier pre-trump era episodes so much more.

I want to be listening to TAL

by 3141598353589 on
Rating: ★★★★★

This is the best show ever, I only ever listen to other shows to make up for the fact that there are no more TAL episodes left... I currently am writing this review because I want to me listening to the show.


by wwjdlisa67 on
Rating: ★★★★★

This show is so amazing. I listen to it every night before I go to bed. It’s ur son Auggy is so cute! I have recommended this to 12 people all 12 an are hooked. Ira your voice is so calming and you are amazing. This is my favorite podcast ever!

Review for tell me I’m fat

by Strawberryfieldz on
Rating: ★★★★★

I LOVE this show, I listen every week and get sucked into each episode, the reporting is fair and totally on point. It’s also emotional and very moving. I really like this episode up until the second part when the girl is talking about how she could be a ‘less good’ person just because she was thin. First off, I struggle with my weight and can empathize with being frustrated when people treat you differently because they are shallow, our culture is shallow for sure, but a fat person can be just as much of a piece of garbage as a thin person. Sorry you decided to be less good when you were fat but that sounds like a you problem, and a horrible generalization. Plenty of thin people are good people, so sorry you aren’t one of them. That’s on you honey. I had empathy for you up until you said that. Also thin people do eat, all the time. I love food but I also like being healthy so I don’t eat junk food because it makes me feel gross. That’s really it. To say that all thin people get treated better because they don’t eat is a really mean generalization, you have no idea what kind of lives other people have had based purely on their weight. This show is usually way more on point so I’m kind of surprised they let this girl say all this, she completely missed the point she could have made about our shallow culture by saying generalizations about thin people that are just as offensive as generalizations people make about fat people.

A bit one sided journalism/opinions

by saltylashes on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I wish that this show represented all of America. The show is really well done, but is so annoyingly liberal. I just wish that some of these episodes didn’t spread hate and intolerance in the name of hate and intolerance. I love some of the wit and humor found alongside really interesting thoughts. It’s just some of us are sick of the liberal dogma. But I still enjoy listening.

The most professional podcast that brings you stories about, well, everything

by Feolaney on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

I have always loved This American Life. They do an amazing job and anyone would love the vast majority of their episodes. They do replay episodes a lot, love hate on that one. They are also fairy politically biased, so expect to notice that every episode. Other than this they do a fairly good job.

Really good!

by Tedane Blake on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Brand new listener and this podcast is a welcomed breath of “fresh-ish” air. I say “fresh-ish” only because the format resembles Guy Raz’s Ted Radio Hour. But never-the-less, this podcast is light and gripping and informative and undoubtedly good.

Best for teachers!!

by TaraTharo on
Rating: ★★★★★

My kids make fun of me b/c they know what a profound impact TAM has in my life! I teach a in the 11th and 12th grade International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme called Theory of Knowledge. I use excerpts from this podcast ALL THE TIME! It’s an interdisciplinary course, so when we study science, I use “Mr. Holland’s Opus,” when I do history, I use the episode where they go to the Reagan museum, when I do college essay writing, I use “How I got into college,” when I do Hamlet, I use “Act V.” And those are just a few examples! I went to hear Ira Glass in Chattanooga a few years ago, and one of my students was there. He said how mad he and his dad were when someone’s phone alarm went off. It was MINE. But Ira took it in stride. I told him my alarm was to wake me up from a nap on Sun to listen to TAM, but it went off at 5pm, and TAM broadcasts at 7pm. Ira, OUT LOUD, totally called me out, LOL!! Now I am super sensitive to my phone sounds in public. And just FYI, I miss SO MANY CALLS as a result!! 😂


by weeJESTERcunt on
Rating: ★★★★★

Censorship is false agenda and only a direction that will M.A.G.A. If you want a good narrative and medium to be expressed to the listener, by what is being said, go face to face or use factual information. An opinion can not be more undermined unless the idealist has not proven truthful in their speak. Phrases induce thoughts when said in any way, be more positive about your empathy. You should of gone on both of the shows Lenny. Don’t be a jerk. Disclose the pain and close the blame. ycttafuI do have no problem with hearing and listening to both sides. References are solid sounding. Why work against each other to produce things both would use as dumpster bins?

My favorite podcast

by Atiekay7 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I’ve listened to this show for years and love all the work they put into bringing their stories!

Complete BS

by 89Riser on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

What is the BS? You have an episode on conspiracy theories and your centerpiece is the president’s theories???? The biggest elephant in the room is the liberal conspiracy theory that the president stole the election with the help of the Russians, Wikileaks, obstruction, etc, etc, etc.... Please, wake up to reality and stop treating your listeners like sheep.

The Industry Standard

by kalisa mother of dragons on
Rating: ★★★★★

by which all else shall be judged! I wish there were a hundred more storytelling podcasts just like it because I never can get enough.

Best podcast ever

by kbetcher on
Rating: ★★★★★

I always bump up the new TAL to the top of my podcast queue. I’ve been listening for 14 years now and almost every episode has been spectacular.

Not so subtle leftist trash

by Cris 7912 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

The show pretends to be impartial and just telling a story, following wherever it takes them. Oddly it always arrives at the same place. Trashing the president. Anytime they have an interview with a conservative it’s always the most redneck backwoods racist trash they could find. But when it’s time for the liberal perspective it’s a well read articulate person making a sound argument. Fact checking isn’t a concept they have heard of either. Listed for 4 years and it’s progressively gotten worse. Glad it’s tumbling in the App Store ranks. Keep rattling that can for spare change you scumbags. Never a dime from me.

Try to be balanced please

by piper409 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Try to be balanced


by JennyTel on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Leave the politics out of it!!!

Once was great

by Tj6643 on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Really good podcast pre Trump. Now it’s a steaming pile of liberal feces.

Fix Zoe Chace's voice. Fix my star rating.

by Capturedbyjess on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

That vocal fry, man. It's every sentence. She's killing her voice and for someone in radio that's not the smartest idea. Voice lessons/vocal therapy. STAT.I cannot listen to any story she does which seems to be all of them lately. Anyone who says they like her gravelly voice or "can't hear the fry" well, they're likely doing the same thing. Come to a higher register, Zoe. Save your voice and save the world.

One of my favorite shows

by Densmon on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I love the show but I can’t stand Zoey’s voice when she reports on a story, it makes me tense


by B.Dissapointed on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Sometimes TAL is amazing and sometimes it’s too political and skewed. I wonder where they find these people- they certainly aren’t in my world. The hosts seem to be so careful not to offend one population while they trample on all that’s sacred or morally right to another population. I’m ready to delete my subscription. I don’t mind hearing one point of view, but I’d also like to hear the other side.


by Cardinal 55 on
Rating: ★★★★★

I’ve listened to this American life since 2009. The show is entertaining and such a positive force!


by Karachika on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Once a political view came into play I was disappointed. Wish with things like this it could stay neutral.

On “how I read it”

by wbydrubmore84 on
Rating: ★★★★☆

Great show, big fan... but really? The Asian kid joined the basketball team so he could fit in with the white kids? Come on now, what percentage of their high school basketball team was white? There was one on mine, and he sat on the bench most games. Also, our homecoming king was not white. The white kids have to try just as hard to “fit in” as anyone else in most schools, particularly in city schools. If I had a dollar for every time I was called white boy I could buy a house... or at least a used car :)

Love this show

by Girlsruleinthisshow on
Rating: ★★★★★

So I binge listened all episodes - and I laughed and cried and got much smarter on lots of different things. Now I’m empty what do I do next?? Sit and wait for the next episode...

So Woke

by Tyrone Wiggins on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Who cares about facts when you can virtue signal.

Tired of your politics

by Kelly from California on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Love your stories about real people in America and the issues they face. However, your episodes are shifting to political issues and ongoing Trump bashing. So tired of hearing it. Just change the name of the podcast to reflect its new content. Democrats Bashing Trump.

Love It

by Tivosbff on
Rating: ★★★★★

Without a doubt, my most favorite podcast. Always great stories.

Partisan much?

by Kiera Byrd on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I wish you could have remained an educational and informative podcast that I loved, but you chose to shove your political views into my ears. I don’t care what your views are. I wasn’t aware This American Life was an audio op-ed. Most Americans are blissfully unaware that the Federal Reserve Bank is a private entity. Google that and then tell me that there’s no deep state.

Listener for years

by EDCharlie on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

Immediately after no collusion was found, you immediately go with; yeah, what about? I enjoyed the story telling and was able to put aside the lopsided angles but this episode was pathetic.

Yes. This.

by be kind, baby on
Rating: ★★★★★

Nothing like reading the negative comments on one of your favorite podcasts to realize how dystopian and out of touch we’ve become as a country. What I love about TAL is that it tells real stories from real people. Some of those stories are happy, some heartbreaking; the premise of the show alone keeps you from hearing just one (“biased”) perspective, because it’s made up of thousands of different voices and experiences and thoughts...And the part about it that makes it so magical is that it gives you a glimpse, if only for a moment, into someone else’s life—just long enough to see that some human conditions (fear of rejection, longing for connection, pain from loss and occasionally total and complete joy) are universally shared, despite all our differences. One minute you’re laughing about a story about different societies of Santa Clauses in America that hate each other and the next you’re shaking your head in wonder from an episode on coincidence where a woman shares that she married the grandson of her grandmother’s old flame...Personal is political and policy—everything from education to immigration to the environment to healthcare— impacts everyday people all the time, and TAL talks about that. But it talks about a whole host of other things, too. And I like to think that it is bringing us all a little closer together.

The Library

by Tattexas on
Rating: ★★★★★

I listened to the podcast about the library, the room of requirement. I have never heard such a heartfelt and touching podcast. I was brought back to my own love of the library. Where else can you get a free getaway, an escape from life? The story of the Brodrick library made me want to go there myself. Who knows maybe by listening today your podcast will have given me the courage to go to college. I am 38 and have been a stay at home mom and always wanted to go but put the kids first. Very touching! I look forward to checking out more podcasts.

Favorite podcast!

by Adrynt on
Rating: ★★★★★

This show will make you laugh, cry and most importantly, think. I’m sold.

Great Story Telling!

by SZQ TourGuide on
Rating: ★★★★★

Masterful Storytelling! Engaging writing with in-depth characters!

Good content. Host is lacking.

by Sublime0901 on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I am sure it is just me. I love the topics covered in this show. Just can’t stand listening to the host. It’s just a strange thing with me, but I can’t take the way his words all run together. Itslikeheistalkinglikethis. Strange noises bother me. And apparently so does this.

P good

by Midnightgenius on
Rating: ★★★★★

This show is p good

Almost but not quite

by Amanananabv on
Rating: ★★★☆☆

If there weren’t so many little political or anti-white male digs sprinkled throughout, this would be a great podcast. Unfortunately as with many other shows, these podcasters can’t help themselves and make shallow and demeaning comments that make them seem petty and ignorant... really bummed because the topics are wonderful

Room of Requirement

by rosiekearney on
Rating: ★★★★★

Room of Requirement is my favorite episode so far! Each story underscored why I love going to the library. However, and more importantly, they made me rethink how important libraries are to communities, and all for different reasons. Kudos!


by Tron000 on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

Gave this show another chance after a few years. Thought I would hear about conspiracy theorists, turned out to pretty much try to trash Alex Jones for an hour. I don’t listen to Alex Jones, I never would have known who he is if he wasn’t constantly ragged on by media that hates him. This is like a well produced You Tube reaction video. Time to grow up.

2016 Broke the Show

by kovu_159 on
Rating: ★★☆☆☆

I loved TAL. Went to live events, donated to NPR. This is the show that got me into podcasts. That said, the content turned a few years ago. It’s political. It’s condescending. They straight up mislead listeners about opposing viewpoints. I know there’s a bit of a culture bubble around NPR, but since 2016 it’s like they’ve turned against a vast swatch of their audience.

Unconditional Love

by RonnieluvsTheU on
Rating: ★★★★★

Amazing episode! ❤️😭

Episode on chronic pain was fantastic

by doconawalk on
Rating: ★★★★★

Fabulous storytelling on your episode “the fifth vital sign”. As a pediatric resident, I took care of many children with chronic pain. I’m not surprised by the guess that thousands of teens suffer from out of control pain. Hearing a longer form telling of teens with chronic pain and the historical context of our thinking on pain supplied some insights that I didn’t know after three years of pediatric residency. Thank you for your detailed, intelligent and important work.


by musikmasta1364 on
Rating: ★★★★☆

One of the greatest podcasts of all time, and it’s Serial Podcast’s big brother. It’s always a pleasure to listen to this series and hear the interesting stories. Beware, it’s mega liberal and overtly assuming that the listener is too. Some of the stories assert “obvious truths” that are in line with a particular worldview I might not share. Great, high quality content. Interesting stories. Super left leaning. Happy listening.

Too political, too much Zoey Chase

by redbird.iphone on
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

I used to love this podcast, but too political, too nitty gritty political play by play with Zoey Chase, lame and boring. I don’t even recognize this crap anymore.


by jennyvoy on
Rating: ★★★★★

Listening to “But that’s what happened” right now and literally in tears. I had no idea that the Mormon church required these confessions. My hope is that this will be shared and that things will change as a result.


by Hey224456 on
Rating: ★★★★★

Love this show

317 was a Gem

by DeeFosRuss on
Rating: ★★★★★

Beyond the fact that this episode is absolutely stunning, in the outro you all played one of my absolute favorite songs by one of my favorite artists. Wanna be Loved by Buju Banton. A song that jolted me back to my childhood in the Trinidadian countryside. The emotion flooded me suddenly. And it was sweet. Remnants of my childhood never show up here; they can’t when I’m so far away from the place I was raised. Yet here I am sitting in my robe on a Sunday night feeling exactly like girl I used to be. Thank you ever so kindly.

Unconditional Love

by brunct1169 on
Rating: ★★★★☆

I love this show - I really do. Only con is that it doesn’t have enough new shows ... the frequency is too minimal and in the unconditional love episode the question “how do you love someone that is homicidal?” By the narrator —- is she kidding me? It’s her son. You love your children regardless of the circumstances hence unconditional... weak moment

Zoe Chase

by ernchamp on
Rating: ★★★★★

Please send Zoe Chase to a speech pathologist. The vocal fry is at 10plus on the congressional piece she recently did . I had ear buds on and I had to stop listening. She’s a professional radio reporter . Its unacceptable!