This American Life

A weekly Society, Culture and Arts podcast featuring and
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Wonderful podcast. They typically tell a few different short stories every week but will sometimes focus on one longer story. They have made me laugh and also have brought me to tears. Meaningful reporting and investigative journalism at its finest.
This is still a great podcast, though it is weighed down by posting so many repeat episodes in its feed.
I have a list of interests around which I gather podcasts and select episodes. But I always let TAL take me 'on an journey' without checking the description of its episodes. TAL pulls me into the stories they tell and at the end I'm, without fail, glad I was part of the trip.
I like the in-depth reporting that they do on the true lives of people from the USA and how real people are and it always makes me emotional listening sometimes happy and sometimes sad but always loves listening and even though I live in the UK I still feel the stores relate to people in the UK to
Not every episode is a winner for me, but this is a very well produced show. Probably more like a 3.5 than a 3.
I listen to this podcast every week. Taking the normal and turning it into wonderful indepth and connected stories is what they do, and they do it extremely well!
First podcast I ever listened to, over twenty years ago, and I still listen to this day.
Consistent, good storytelling on an array of topics. This American Life is hard to place in just one box since the episodes vary so much in style. A shame its not available on Spotify since this prohibits me from listening to it on the go. Alas this has nothing to do with the quality of the podcast.
A straight up classic. Various stories based on a central theme, though I would argue that theme is very loosely based sometimes. Still this is the show that is the most consistent out there. I do feel like they re-release shows too often though.
This is another show that will continue to delight. More journalistic than personal stories but the pay off is the connection to current events and society. I would recommend starting with a "Best of" list and then listening to episodes as they interest you. 4/5 good ole fashioned radio shows phoenix-ed into a new medium
Ira is the best. I have been listening since the NPR days. Good stories and so consistent. ?
My go to podcast. Doesn’t matter what the content is. It’s 100!
Always a staple in the public radio community now I can listen to my favorite episodes in podcast form. Enjoyable, informing, and always allows me to enjoy a good listen, Ira Glass is always on point.
You'll love it! If you like Serial, you'll enjoy this podcast. Different themes and stories every week, I look forward to Monday morning drives to work just for this.
A quirky podcast with stories following a theme. Life lessons are learned, laughs are had, and teary eyes at times.
The stories, the narration, the music. Just perfect.
When they create a podcast hall of fame, it will be named after Ira Glass and this radio show will be the first one inducted.
The original storytelling radio show and podcast. Ira Glass and his team of reporters have taught me more about the world than just about any other source. The empathy that Ira shows in regards to every single topic never ceases to make this show one of the very best.
The elder statesman of podcasting has not lost its touch or panache for telling some of the most interesting and compelling stories in any medium. While every episode is at least above average, when This American Life hits on a good story, it's talked about the world over.
The one podcast I make sure to listen to every week!
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Podcast Details

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This American Life
Podcast Status
Jul 14th, 2019
Latest Episode
Jan 10th, 2021
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
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