This podcast is always interesting and well produced. Great quality stories!
This has always been my favorite podcast. And it just keeps getting better.
It's slipping. Still a big fan but the competition is winning. I can't believe I'm saying it but TAM and Ira are annoying now.
Great podcast every week!
My junior year English teacher showed me this show in 2013. Been listening ever sense.
It took a while to grow on me but these episodes have some real gems. Each have a different topic and most are broken up into several acts or short segments that fit into that topic. Some are better than others. But overall a great staple to have in your podcast line up!
Show ever. What other show has 20K+ reviews?! Not necessarily Aleta about American life, but definitely worth the listen each week. It's an essential podcast in my feed.
I like TAL. And so do my kids. I just wish they'd post the clean versions. I find it odd that they create clean versions for radio broadcast, but then make podcast listeners go to the website to listen to them. Let those who want to hear swearing seek it out on the website, and let the podcast mirror what is broadcast over the airwaves. I'd listen to it more often if this is the case. As it stands now, every time I listen (which is usually with my kids) and they warn that the podcast contains the "unbeeped" version, and that I can go to the website if I want to hear the "beeped" version, I skipped to something else to listen to, which usually isn't TAL.
I regularly listen to about ten podcasts now, and This American Life is my absolute favorite. Ira is an amazing host and the content is spectacular. I couldn't possibly recommend this podcast highly enough!
The show used to be about a sigle theme or subject and stories related tot hat theme. But no, it is about a DNC talking and unbalanced made up ways to prove that talking point. Used to really enjoy the show and still do enjoy the reruns. Used to be slightly left of center -- but anything from September 2016 on is so tilted and lopsided, with no balance or real objective other than to present the Alt Left viewpoint. it is sad to see it come to this. No longer subscribe, no longer listen. Ira, how could you?
Seriously some great work is put into these podcasts. Such great variety. It's like a box of chocolates. Great treat.
This American Life acompanied my childhood, driving to and from church on sundays with my parents, or at home cooking dinner afterward, when it was on, ADHD as I was, I would listen. Ira's dry, matter of fact delivery, with a touch of levity or gravity in the nuance would introduce a wide variety of stories that were funny, poigniant, thought provoking, and always arresting. This American Life always knows how to blend the relevant with the timeless, and rarely delivers an episode that doesn't jump strait to the head of my podcast queue and give me just what I needed for the week. Good Job Ira and everyone else who produces this wonderful podcast.
Great story telling.
I used to LOVE This American Life. But for the love of Pete, I can't take how often they repeat segments. I've noticed it for awhile. But when I started listening to last weeks show and realizing I'd heard the stories before, just in a different order, I gave up. Apparently everyone is working on Serial and has given up on TAL. Well now so have I.
I love how it's not all sunshine and roses all the time. Some episodes really hurt to listen to but it's the honest truth about stuff happening in the world and country. Regardless, the delivery and overall message is still positive. Thankful to be informed even though it's not always comfortable.
Listen to it...it will move you. Make you see the world from a strangers shoes
This show is what radio is meant to be. It's what got me hooked on NPR!
This used to be a good program. However, the past year or two, it's been circling the drain with Glass and fellow leftists stumbling over themselves to propagandize their listeners with MSNBC-like polemics. With this new administration, it seems they have even more excuses than ever before to hate this country.I recently attended Ira Glass' live show at the Smith Center in Las Vegas. Three quarters of the way through, my wife and I walked out. She's basically apolitical but neither of us expected to be subjected to torturous monologues attacking the idiocy of the current presidential administration. We felt duped. We paid to see what used to be an interesting, often introspective show. Instead, we were assaulted with a liberal dose of invective a la Rachel Maddow.Buh-bye Ira.
I have been enjoying this podcast immensely for seven years now.
Seriously. Ira, never vacation, or just run a repeat.
Favorite podcast hands down.
Love love love
Newer, sexier podcasts come along, but This American Life continues to put out consistently high-quality, thoughtful, and compelling stories that are well-produced without being overly produced.
Usually entertaining, but you have to remember that it is an NPR podcast and the hosts will not even consider any narative that does not fit with their far left liberal leanings. A pity because technically the podcast is excellent, and the stories interesting. I wonder if the hosts have considered that a balanced approach, or even a non-partisan approach, might bring in the other half of the country to enjoy this, AND HEAR YOUR ADVERTISERS.
Their content is largely very well put together.However their "reporting" of political events are very biased. They make no attempt to explore both sides of an argument.
This podcast really made me appreciate journalism as an art form. I learn so much and gain so many new perspectives from listening to This American Life. I love the set-up of the episodes, with different stories on one theme, and always hilarious titles for each story. Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I smile silently to myself, sometimes I gasp, and sometimes I saw "wowwwww". I don't think there's ever been an episode I didn't love.
Hearing the personal stories and even the fictional ones offer new perspectives and more in depth looks of lives people are living in a way that really immerses the audience on a topic. My favorite podcast by far!
This is seriously the only app I haven't regretted paying for. Every story is well done. Love you Ira!
TAL is a classic for a reason. It's excellent and captivating. If I only listened to one podcast, it would be this one.
Really high quality
Love this podcast as it is always full of positive vibes, funny stories and moreover it brings me hours of pleasure.
I've listened to every episode, many more than once. Thank you This American Life and Ira Glass.
A very slanted view of "American Life"
Not what we are looking for.
It hardly gets better than TAL. Unbelievable consistency in quality of information, storytelling and commitment of the whole team!
I used to judge all of the podcasts against this one. But ever since election season started this podcast has turned 100% political. I get enough of that during the day on the radio and on the news. Don't really need it here too. Please change the format back to what it was. (2-6-2017)Well almost three months later and nothing has changed. Most of the podcasts are politically themed or about politically themed subjects. Seems "This American Life" is really just "Ira Glass' opinions on current events". I delete more of this podcast than I actually listen too.
The past few week have been politically driven. ð Sick of it.
Love these stories and the way they are told.
My husband and I moved to Australia 2 years ago which left me feeling very deprived of my NPR shows. Thankfully I can listen to This American Life everywhere I go no matter where I am in the world. I subscribe to dozens of podcasts but this was the first one I ever subscribed to. Love this show.My husband and I have been road tripping for the past 3 months and finally decided to check out Life After. Kept us very entertained and gave us something new to talk about on the open road.
I know you're busy. Give it a listen, you won't be disappointed. I promise.
Always a good listen
What's there left to say about TAL? They have objective, fair stories about America today
I love the stories on this podcast. The series of podcasts right after the election were especially enlightening, and helps you understand how other people feel in different parts of the country.
Always enjoy listening to them. Wish they didnt play older show so often as i dont have unlimited data and limited phone memory space and download before hand only to sometimes find out its a previous pod. Although yes it does say original air date under details.
I enjoy listening to this very informative podcast.