I’ve listened to this show for at least 10 years. From the funny of Mike B and his sleep walking, to the frustrating one where Ira dealt with a guy that was lying and it was the only show I recall where he didn’t end it cracking a joke at his producer using a sound bite. I’ve listened to every single episode and even donated to NPR. and when the operator asked “which show is your favorite?” This was it and the reason I donated. At some point, about the time of the 2016 election, I noticed a shift. The content became very heavily a counter point on anything happening in politics. This show was not really an escape from listening to talking heads express a one sided opinion but was in fact, one of those shows that used the term “journalism” but not that any longer. Today you can truly feel the smugness, the ‘we’re so much better than you and you’re stupid for having a differing view point’. But the take of the show is that of a whiny, crybaby victim. What a sad let down of bumbling blubber the show has become. Over the last year I would just delete the shows that seemed in their title to be political but honestly that’s become almost every episode. So sadly, it’s finally time to cut the cord on this show that I’ve loved for so long.
I just wish the repeat episodes were marked better (like "First aired on <Date> with updated reporting" or something like that).
This American Life used to be my very favorite podcast in the world. I used to refer so many people to it.Have listened to it for a decade. It’s been going downhill, becoming more and more “woke“. And when I can’t find one story even those that shouldn’t have a political slant, without in your face propaganda in every single episode, it becomes old.At least be balanced in your reporting and talk to a variety of people with different viewpoints. I’m deleting the app. I’ve been so disappointed every time I listen to a story, but I keep coming back thinking I’ll find the old this American life. But sadly it’s gone. Maybe this should be renamed This Communist Life because that’s clearly the agenda that is being pushed.
No matter how many podcasts I listen to, I always come back to this one. It is entertaining, informative, and always fresh. I’ve been listening since I was 20! Good at every age.
Very interesting, but ease up on the liberal political agenda. Someone isn’t racist because they ask about fights at a school.
Where are the episodes before 706?
We recently experienced a suicide in our family and I've come to appreciate media, especially podcasts, that disclose they are going to be touching on that topic. I feel like I remember this show disclosing these kind of topics before a show began, but I haven't been hearing it lately. Especially in the most recent podcast episode from this week. It's emotionally triggering and often very unhelpful in the grieving process. I'd appreciate if they would disclose triggering topics better.
As usual, This American Life amazes. Great episode. Each story pulled me in, but David Sedaris’ story stopped me in my tracks.
This was kind of the original podcast and used to be fantastic but it got too “woke”
Thank you so much for this podcast episode. As a middle-aged female who has a stutter very similar to the one described here, I was brought to tears
This show really do be a 🅱️ruh moment.
I have loved listening to Ira for a long time. I’m nearly 67 and NPR has been “the other side of the coin” for me. Conservative or liberal. We learn about where we align our belief system yet keeping an open mind. We may be somewhere in the middle. Always entertaining . In my car. On my iPad. Listening while I iron. With podcasts on my first technical device (outside of a smart tv or a desktop computer or a Trac phone rarely used) I still enjoy Ira. Thank you Ira for these stories by the thousands. I learn something with each listening, no matter what. BTW, the sound of your voice sends me!
This season can be a tough listen at times for those of who are white but give it a chance. Sure opened my eyes how we might inadvertently plow through and separate ourselves over individuals of other ethnicities.
What happened to the best thing on NPR? Was so good for so long. Now every story has a political agenda. Just realized I havn't heard a good story in over a year. Deleted.
This podcast exposes you to the deep dirty beautiful gritty world of average Americans and other freedom loving people from around the world who share this human experience with us. This show is funny, political, light, and inspiring. MADE IN CHICAGO the city that never stops being great.
Amazing how in such a sensitive world that title was even approved... but it’s okay because “Nice White Parents” deserve to be slandered, made fun of and mocked for the years that other white people unfairly treated other races. Maybe I misunderstood the whole premise as to why the “Nice White Parents” came to the “diverse” school. Wasn’t it because they were vetted out due to the shrinking class sizes which would result in loss of school funding? So, the “Nice White Parents” were supposed to bring their children and money to the school and blend into the environment that they so obviously stood out in. I did go into listening to the episode with an open mind based off of the disclaimer of negative/positive reviews because of the title. However, the narrator/reporter for this episode was obviously bias towards diverse parents. It started with the acceptance of the reports attitude of the “diverse parents and teachers. For example the diverse students were “warned” about the new group of white kids coming to the school. If the tables were turned would it not be seen as a racist behavior to “warn” white students that a diverse group of kids would be coming to their school? The reporter goes on to explain how the diverse group of students felt about how the white students impacted the school. Then the report suggested that the white student came to the conclusion that the school was improved because of their attendance and the felt that way because the “Nice White Parents” put the thought into their heads. As I listened to the episode I also learned that the upon the vetting process of recruiting the “Nice White Parents” they were promised a French program. If you listen carefully the French program came with a condition from the Principle of the school that the “Nice White Parents” would have to find funding for the program. The reporter of this story then goes into how it’s unfair to the other diverse students to not have the option to have their own language taught at school. How ridiculous is that point. I was a white minority in a diverse school. I lived in the same neighborhood and had the same opportunities as the other students in school. The only language that was offered was Spanish. The Mexican students definitely had the upper hand and knew the language. The Mexican students served as a resource for help. Trust me those students laughed when other students messed up the words and accent of the Spanish language. Most of the time we laughed with them. I cannot remember one incident were the reporter described the diverse students having a negative opinion or problem with the French Program or the white students. The problem seems to come from the diverse parents and maybe the teachers. The “New White Parents” came into the school and did what they were required to do to make sure the one program they wanted was funded. What was disturbing about this episode was the question of whether any of the money raised by the “New White Parents” was used for other programs. Of course that question would be unanswered because if any of the money earned was actually helping the school the title might have to change and you wouldn’t have a story.
I am enjoying listening to this podcast. I appreciate the open discussion of the issues between private and public schools in urban areas. However, families that live in suburban areas in any income level are not given the option to select the public schools they would like their children to attend. Suburban families have no options. It’s either attend the public school in the district where they reside and accept the entire curriculum offered or make the monetary sacrifice to send their children to private schools where the curriculum offers the exposure of a diverse educational experience that celebrates cultural differences, race, religions etc. How do suburban public schools expect to instill in students and their families an appreciation and celebration of all?
I’ve been listening to this show for almost 20 years. Great for a long road trip or while working from home. So thoughtful.
I LOVE This American Life. It’s a show with no lies, no biases, nothing. It truly a go-to show for me. If I could give it 6 or 10 or even 100 stars, I would. Oh, I would.
I’m a long time TAL listener and there have been so many outstanding shows over the years that have really stuck with me. Nice White Parents is going to be one of those. As a white parent myself, engaged in communities with racial and economic diversity, it’s so easy to get caught up in our good intentions and acting quickly without taking the time to understand what has come before and the perspectives of BIPOC. I can see myself and my friends in Rob, with his good intentions, good connections, and strong drive to help and how we can steamroll the good that was already there but that looks different from what we are used to. It’s these seemingly tiny unintentional moments that root systemic racism so deeply in America.
I’m learning a lot from listening to “Nice White Parents.” Thank you for using your resources to expose the insidious - and powerful- relationship between class power and whiteness.
Why do you focus on only the race aspect when the socio-economic is so huge? To drum up hate against white parents? As a single white dad who has worked hard to scrape by while being an ally you are ignoring the complexity here, “white” is less about race than a group of racist trying to form a new race from a hodgepodge of people who have fought, killed and committed great atrocities against each other over millennia. If our allies in the broader American community also insist “white” people are evil they are part of the group shoving potential friends into a box with the racists. Why use the platform like that? Address the true despicableness of racism and push to detangle the power abuse so we do not allow the system to simply put a new “better race” above others. The story itself is a needed perspective on injustice in the New York school system, we need that! We need to seek social justice! Why market the story simply as to why white parents are ruining things? I get the goal but this was done poorly.
I never rate and review podcasts. But this is so RAW and like I dunno great at looking at American Life at the roots and how we misunderstand each other from our own perspectives WOW. Just WOW.
Just finished listening to “Remind in Mexico” episode and all I can say is that you. It physically hurts to listen, to know what is happening but without you I wouldn’t have known. Thank you so much for this story. .
Thank you for this episode and I’m excited to listen to the others. I am a teacher and a white woman and this seems spot on. I live in another city that is hugely segregated in its schools, and I can see first hand how white families with wealth have created this reality for current children in the public school system.
One of my favorite listens. I always look fwd. to new episodes.
I consider myself a very liberal person. I support BLM and am against any kind of discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or whatever. Lately, it seems that it’s acceptable to disparage “white people” simply for being white. It’s okay to call authors, playwrights or the framers of the US Constitution “old white guys.” Perfectly acceptable to disparage “white parents.” Discrimination based on race - ANY RACE - is wrong! Don’t compound the wrongs of past racism against people of color by supporting this new, apparently politically correct form of racism. Two wrongs don’t make a right.
I guess I’m not surprised that the series Nice, White Parents is so controversial. As a white person who unintentionally has made her share of racially insensitive comments/suggestions, I always go back to the first thing I learned in systematic theology in seminary: “When people from the dominant culture want to be involved in anti-racist, liberation movements, they must close their mouths and GET BEHIND the leadership of the oppressed; otherwise, they are perpetuating the pattern of dominance. The voices of the oppressed MUST set the agenda; other allies MUST be the listeners, supporters and followers.” I haven’t yet read the book White Fragility, which apparently some Black reviewers have called into question. But I think the title captures perfectly this moment in history. White people, we need to get over ourselves; first listen and learn. The conversation must begin with us in the back seat. That’s why I love this bold new series from This American Life. (Kudos to Ima, Maurice, Susan, and even Rob, who I hope will welcome his role in this vital learning curve, and others. Great reporting! Can’t wait to hear episode 2.) P.S. By no means do I hate my country or think supporting BLM and being patriotic are mutually exclusive - that’s a tired argument. I love that we can wade carefully into delicate and difficult conversations in this country, be self-reflective, criticize our leaders and not shy away from that other “national deficit” of late: critical thinking.
I have heard some of these podcasts in the last few weeks. The racial exposure is the best thing. Possibly foreign to some or most listeners because you will not understand that ever and be glad you don't but you should know. Knowledge is power even if it makes you uncomfortable. And as one reviewer mentioned that there is a hate towards America in these podcasts, i don't think thats the case, its just the truth and sometimes truth hurts, don't it? Im just glad that these things are being brought to the light, about time. From a salvadoreña from south central Los Angeles.
I remember when gross generalizations of a group of people based on the color of their skin was racist. Apparently now it’s “anti-racist” and “woke.” This kind of semantic overload looks like the beginning of an Orwellian dystopia. Good luck world.
I don’t connect with every episode, but the ones that I do connect with, stick with me for a long time
TAL used to be the best of the he best in spoken word audio. It was THE original podcast in my mind. Now it’s just 1 of the 1000s & 1000s of leftist shows. They had something original and unique that people tuned in for, then they just pivot on a dime and use their platform like a bait and switch to push their woke agenda. It begs the question if all these household name podcasts are being taken over by Social justice warrior staffers? We know the woke staffers at Washington post / Ny times hold their editors hostage (not literally of course, held hostage by threat of cancel culture) is that what has happened here too?
Always a good listen. Liberal leaning but unbiased. I always learn something new.
Great story telling on the right side of history! Keep up the good work!
I’m hooked and can appreciate the unbiased views represented, the next episodes are much anticipated! Ira Glass is a creative genius and all of the staff members who give their time and effort do such an in depth job of factchecking. I wish that the hypercritical people who have responded recently would have a change of heart but in the long run it’s open minded, intelligent and compassionate people who consider your podcast to be the journalistic gold it truly is. Keep up the good work!
I come here to escape politics, not to be submerged in issues. Looking elsewhere now for my escape....
We have come to the point where NPR will demonize people for raising money for schools due to the color of their skin. This show is divisive at best, and what the right calls “Liberal, white, guilt indoctrination” at worst. Either way it is sad to see NPR spend my donations on pop content like this. This American Life should reflect American life, and not the social justice mission of the production team.
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I love the stories on this show it’s a great program overall, but after listening for a few years now I really wonder if anyone on staff loves this country. It seems like every single episode I hear someone who has a negative view of the the USA. I’m getting really tired of it and find myself tuning out for a while. If I get the sense that a show is going to go in a political direction I’ll turn it off right away, because I know it’s never an “honest conversation”
They haven’t posted new content in almost over a year. They haven’t even acknowledged it. With all the new podcasts producing new, quality content it seems lazy and shockingly stupid for TAL to keep delving out reruns.
This American Life is the beginning of my podcast obsession, back in 2010, or well- before! Because I listened to the radio segment before I knew the term podcast. Anyway... that means I have listened to every single episode- I’m not even exaggerating. However, I have a terrible memory so I typically don’t realize I have heard and actually DO remember the repeat-episodes until about 20mins in, haha. Occasionally Ira will establish that it’s a repeat in the intro, but not always. Would it be so hard to also provide the original air date of the old episodes in the info when posting the show? As your truly biggest fan, who is apparently aging quicker than I planned... I would super appreciate the heads up. :-) I’m just not typically a re-listener; so many podcasts, so little time. Thanks so much for producing so many years of happiness that it’s a problem, haha!
This podcast is the best weekly podcast out there. Ira Glass is one of the most creative journalists, and the revolving supporting cast are excellent, particularly Zoe Chase. The podcast explores stories from every corner of the US and occasionally the world. This podcast will sometimes crack you up, occasionally shed a tear, but always make you think deeply about the world we live in.
Ira, could you please, please publish some upbeat episodes. You know, good news?!
They have totally lost their way in their limp attempts to respond to Covid. A lot of mediocre (at best) writing from precious, narcissistic, sub-novice journalists expounding on their “personal experiences” that either make mountains out of trivia, or make important issues sound trivial. The quality filter is not currently operational. They are making a miserable period of American life far more miserable. Avoid.
I’ll start out this review by adding to my previous one. This review is in regard to episode 711. Unfortunately, The Like Disease has infected the guests as well as the hosts on This American Life. Who is editing these podcasts? Does the editor not hear how vapid and idiotic the Podcast sounds when participants in the show are constantly using the word LIKE? Episode 711 would be perfectly at home in a Moon Unit Zappa song where you’re expecting to hear valley girl language. This type of language does not belong on an NPR podcast where listeners are expecting more erudite content. I’ve been listening to This American Life for many years, and have loved the show, but there is this awful LIKE disease that has infected NPR podcasts. I think It’s generally due to younger producers being hired who lack vocal training. Do you have any idea how LIKE listening to a person say LIKE over and over again is LIKE really annoying for the listener? Please get your young producers and guests in vocal training immediately! If you don’t, you are going to lose a strong percentage of your listenership. P.s. If I see improvement on the show, I will be happy to change my rating.
TAL used to be good; but, does every episode have to be so far to the left? The show’s platform kowtows only to the liberal perspective.
I’ve listened to many podcasts over the years and nothing comes close to This American Life.
First, I just want to say that I find it interesting the conversation between the white woman with a biracial son and the black officer with biracial twins. Can we talk about how our country as a whole is very open and NOT racist, but in fact, multiracial and multicultural families are a large portion of our society? People aren’t filled with as much hate as the media would like to portray. Second, it’s a far stretch to call the protest of Bentonville, AR a “peaceful protest” where police used brutality for no reason. I am from the area and watched most of the protest. The city of Bentonville released statements saying they were embarrassed of the behavior of the “protestors” and many people in Bentonville claimed those protestors weren’t even from the area. “Peaceful” protestors could be seen spitting on officers and throwing water bottles and LIT firecrackers at the officers. If you want to discuss peaceful protests of this area, you can look into the one in Fayetteville, AR. Note: an actual peaceful protest resulted in no police using force. I love the podcast and learn a lot from it, so thank you!
I wish Ira Glass was my dad
I used to like it more but it got waaaayyyy too liberal
Where have the good stories gone? I agree with others who say it’s become too partisan and divisive. I’ve deleted so many episodes without even listening because I can’t stand hearing another one sided story about BLM, George Floyd or Covid. Let’s get back to the good stuff (and the good stuff was SO GOOD) or I might have to delete this from my library permanently.
Got chill bumps from “Umbrella” in the latest episode. Took a song I’ve never felt anything for to being overwhelmed by it. Great story, great composition, great job!
TAL used to be the best thing anywhere. I’ve never believed Trump Derangement Syndrome was real until I listened to the shift in this program. Please stop the left wing agenda and get back to great stories.
This is a good podcast I really like it
Listening to This American Life you feel connected...connected to others, connected to the mind, emotions, and memories. By far one of my favorite podcasts.
I used to listen for a respite from the dour news on tv, but now it’s more of the same... please give us interesting, original pieces again. For now sadly deleted.
You have taken This American Life program to a new level, basement. America IS inclusive and accepting to a certain extent but don’t expect Americans to swallow everything you shovel! I love America and I love people, I won’t stand for people coming into my space and running over my rights because they can’t control themselves. Police officers have to handle the worst people have decide to do. Police don’t chase down average Americans, they chase down criminals and use force if necessary. That said, I know even in the world of policing there are the few bad eggs. Policing has got to be the hardest career in the world, always on the thin blue line. I honor and respect those who can walk that line despite the degenerates who go over the line and constantly take from law abiding citizens and test the patience of police officers by fighting back when the police stop them. Keep trying to get it right and please quit dividing our nation, or your platform may evaporate due to losing listeners.
The reason this show is so poignant is because they know how to express real feelings of real people. This replay is, as Ira said, a perfect example of what this show is about. It’s snarky, it’s funny, it’s tense, it’s real. The show a few weeks ago where they spent the night in the convenience store in New York talking to protesters and cops was also amazing and why I love, love, love this show so much!
I love you, want more. We are broke, I have a bachelors. Look to our lives...
I’ve been listening to This American Life for years and am rarely disappointed by episodes. I especially love the historical and light hearted episodes.
i use to love this show but apparently now a days all they can talk about is covid or blm. there are a million other topics you could be talking about since those two subjects are everywhere else. highly disappointed in what it's become. between that and constant reruns, this show has gone downhill quickly. this show use to be able to make you laugh, have heart, and show integrity.
This podcast is so well written and the structure of the stories are so thought out that you will look forward to each new episode.
This American Life helps me see what life in the United States is like not just for me but for my neighbors in other parts of my city, my state, and country. Thank you and keep telling high-quality, diverse stories!
I used to love the stories told on this show. It has gotten completely out of hand politically. I just want to hear good stories about people. Not your left wing agenda. Deleting this podcast. I’ve been a loyal listener but ever since Trump has taken office, the writers have lost their minds. (And I’m not even a Trump voter, just SICK of hearing it.
Isn’t this American life supposed to be about life in America. Instead, this episode is biased and spreading the hatred with nefarious intent. Has everyone who made this episode been to China and lived there before? It’s ok for America to have wars against extremist Islam but totally not ok for countries like China to handle the similar issue? Shame on whoever made this show. Keep spreading the hatred and bias against China when the world is dealing with this pandemic.
Each week they release impactful stories for more than two decades now. It’s hard to measure the impact on my psyche listening to this podcast my whole life has had.
I love this show but bailed out of episode #709 almost immediately due to vocal fry overload. Sorry can’t do it.
Thank you for Reprieve. Incredible stories.
This American Life is *the* industry standard of how a podcast of its ilk should feel, sound, evolve. One of those podcasts that becomes “a part of you.” I get emotional just writing about it lol. Listen!
Used to be journalism and compelling human storytelling. Lately it’s just pandering and activism. Trite and boring. Spend your time listening to something else until they fix it.
Love you so much
The question posed was why now all of the outrage and protests. I contend that the video of George Floyd restrained on the ground also contained the actual perpetrator glaring directly into the camera as if to say, “you see what I am doing, I know what I am doing and you can’t do anything about it.” We don’t often see such a power play and inhumanity. This is why I believe we, as a society, will not accept “bad cops” any longer. Clearly they believe they are above the law and the lack of punishment reinforced this mindset. No more!
Great stories, if you can stomach the political views often stated in every episode. Saying an option over and over again does not make it true, disappointment in every story.
This program is addicting. I love the human stories and the captivating story telling. I haven’t and won’t stop listening.
I had begun to enjoy TAL until I listened to Here Again today. The lead-in warned of profanity but the concluding segment was the greatest profanity, hate. If this is their underlying ethic count me out. TAL is gone from my playlist.
I absolutely love this podcast. I wait for it every week and am never disappointed. My only issue is when previous episodes are replayed because I want new, fresh stories. Keep it up!!
One of the first podcasts I found years ago and still loving it to date. Time to finally leave a review ❤️.
What's different this maybe somw if the yes white people saw this and were furious I don't want to be a part of any community that has no sense of humanity. I will not apologize for being white. I get that you are angry but I so not get why it was ncessary to lump all whites ignorant
A ton of the stories aren’t about Americans but hey, it’s entertaining when they aren’t pandering to bleeding heart listeners.
Gold standard for all podcast. Ira is kingmaker!
I don’t mind shows that are left wing as long as they are accurate with the information and they tell the whole story, but of course the agenda of the left is to only tell the story that fits the propaganda they want to spread.
Sometimes it’s great. Just great. Other times it gets into sociopolitical stuff. I hate that. I listen to This American Life to hear about odd, often funny things that are common to all people. Social and political divisions abound everywhere else. Don’t need it here.
Started off with promise, but then rambled on with an interview of some woman who sounded like every stoner ever, talking about time being divided diagonally up and diagonally down.
Is this the best you can do TAL? A RERUN. you couldn’t be bothered to create content to reflect this time. PLEASE! ROLLING MY EYES SO HARD. I like TAL but their not winning on the ALLY front.
Congratulations on the pulitzer! You definitely deserve it, and all the karen’s having a cow about the award, need something better to do. Great podcast!
THE Podcast that started my interest in podcasts. After so many years, it’s part of my weekly habits, listen to Ira and The rest of This American crew while doing my laundry :-)
Every single story is thought out. Even when the subject does not seem interesting, you some how get sucked into the story. And thus expanding our viewpoint. Great podcast.
Absolutely fantastic storytelling covering a wide spread of social discussions. Couldn’t recommend more!!
TAL is consistently the best out there, the “Podcast of Record” for documenting life in this wild patchwork of a country. Amazing content, these guys are the best, they will remain the best. They are the folks behind “S-Town” and “Serial” as well, which are like…unbelievable, especially “S-Town”. “S-Town” should have a Peabody and a Pulitzer in my mind. Anyway keep rolling TAL.
That I don’t actually get to listen to any episodes because of my long backlog of subscriptions and this show only has the 10 most recent episodes available to listen to. I can’t keep them in my library and I don’t like jumping ahead in my playlist.
Ira and his team know how to get to the heart of what it’s like to live in America. The good, the bad, and the ugly. In the end, it’s nice to know, it’s mostly good.
Amazing podcast. The episode on the Mexican border situation more than deserved the Pulitzer Prize. Congratulations!!!
Ok, so I would have given 5 stars. But, (it always starts with but) I feel like a few of the episodes are, well, to be blunt, sad. They talk about loss and tragedy, and most of them are beautiful and so emotional, but then others are just depressing to listen to. Especially right now, in quarantine, I feel like I’d rather listen to some positive crap and be happy about it than cry until I can’t breathe. Anyways, other than that, I really, really love this podcast. I love to listen to Ira talk, and it covers some amazing stories. Please know you have one more fan who loves you guys. ❤️ -Preteen
About three years ago I decided to start listening to podcasts. I stubbled across This American Life and became instantly addicted. Ira and the team are great at what they do. Every week I look forward to the new episodes. I highly recommend this podcast.
A Pulitzer? All this is anti American. When you have such contempt for our president you’re a traitor. You’re no better than Stalin, Hitler or Marx. There’s only one reason you received an award. It’s given by Pulitzer. That says it all. And all the good reviews? They’re no better than you and unfortunately are our future. All socialist liberals that obviously have no clue about history and don’t care or realize the coup that’s happening right before their eyes. Enjoy your cattle car ride and remember it’s for your safely.
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I live for this podcast!
You enlighten me, entertain me and give me food for thought. Thank you for your excellence. Congratulations on your Pulitzer! Well done. Well deserved. Bravo!
Awesome work to the entire This American Life team on your Pulitzer!! 🙌🤩
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This was heartbreaking. I’m ashamed that I’ve forgotten about these people, these human beings. I’m ashamed that it’s my government that has created this Inhumane camp where no one cares, laws are broken and the principles we were founded on are disregarded. We are no better than Nazis. Thank you for this reporting, this difficult work. You deserve more than a Pulitzer. But I hope money to support your workrhmb will come because of that honor. Robin
This is one of the best pods out there!
You have a lot of great podcasts. It’s sad you got a Pulitzer award for the one podcast only because it was Anti-Trump. It’s certainly not your best podcast and clearly the only reason they gave it to you.
Iran and team, I can’t think of any other group of people more deserving of such an honor than you all! I love your work! Thank you!!!
...I'll still listen because you may sound less smug when all of this is over. Maybe it's just me. I gave you 5 stars.
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Simply the best podcast- well produced, edited, thoughtful, funny, smart. No room for improvement. Enjoy
A couple of months ago, I stumbled upon This American Life and a course changing act occurred. After days of harrowing, blinding emotional devastation, I suddenly found myself breathing, listening. I listened and the glimpse of light finally came, and I stopped crying. I have since then gone to enchanting places, learning about people and their true experiences, and their anguish, and joy, and discovery, and commitment, and love, and hope. People who like me hurt, strive, and overcome. I am able to open the door to the world from my own corner, and I feed my spirit with wonder and the bare reality of others. It’s the attainable treasure of my american life!
I used to like it, and might start listening again after the pandemic... for now, it’s episode after episode of overwrought, gratuitously depressing stories. It leaves me wondering, what is the point? who is this helping? Not me.
I rarely review podcasts but have been listening to This American Life for years. Huge fan. Just listened to the episode with the reading from In the Dreamhouse. Wow, what a painfully beautiful account that left me wanting more. Thank you for featuring this piece of work. Keep up the great work!
The prom episode was so incredibly boring. I can’t believe they would re-broadcast this.
This podcast was one of my favorite but they’ve become another coronavirus podcast recently.
This was a great podcast until they started shoehorning liberal political opinions into every story No thanks
This American life is so jealous of China’s prosperity it’s spreading bold faced lies about China. What happened to journalism integrity? Shame on this program!
I love Ira’s voice and the way he carries himself. The stories are incredible to listen to. 💗
It’s just becoming less and less diverse. Too many White stories and not enough on other groups and people. WE need more stories. American Life is encompassed of a lot more. Perhaps diversify your staff, in that way you can ensure you’re reaching out to other groups.
This American Life but not just for Americans
Ira Glass is a national treasure. I love this show so much because while it is fun and lighthearted sometimes, it’s also a show that exposes you to problems and issues that you wouldn’t be aware of otherwise. It makes you think and keeps you entertained along the way. My favorite podcast and something I look forward to on Monday mornings.
Ira...where art thou? TAL used to be the BEST show on radio/podcast, hands down, undisputed. Lately, it’s all politics and agenda. After a few decades of love, I’m leaving you, Ira. I’m sorry it has to end like this. Goodbye.
This show is no longer for the intellectual curious. It is now directed at a specific audience. Itused to be one of my favorite podcast series and was full of stories that stimulated thought. However, since the presidential election of 2016, Ira Glass has exploited his existing platform to preach his partisan and divisive political ideology. He is evidently willing to marginalize and exclude half of the American electorate from his audience in order to exhibit his his supposed social virtue. He turns out to be just another, narrow-minded elitist.
I love This American Life! It is refreshing to hear stories all across the emotional spectrum and be reminded that some things connect us more than divide us.
I’d prefer no episodes than weekly reruns.
i’ve always been a lover of TAL but recently all that is talked about is COVID I come here to dive into a story, not the news. Although many of the stories I love are news like, I’d love if you all would allow yourself to not talk about COVID. There is no need to feel guilt for not mentioning it. We all know it’s here- having a reminder doesn’t always make for great storytelling.. I’ve lived abroad for the past 4 years and this podcast helped me stay connected and feel calm. I would love to feel that way again
I have listened to many of the stories since beginning my journey of working from home. I do have to say that I’m grateful and thankful for each. Most of all, Ira you have made me LOL. And I needed this. The stories have brought dinner conversations to the next level. Some have allowed me to forget even for a short time & finding new interest in things I never gave much thought. Keep doing what the both of you are doing, you’re an essential worker!! Thank you! Oh and Thank you.
Long time listener, first time reviewer.
Miki, please tell your mom that I adored her interview, not boring at all. She’s not self-centered, she’s centered on herself. I lost my Korean born mother last year (my white American father died back in 2000) and I wish my own mother could have really made herself the center of her own world after raising her kids, she deserved it. So does your mom.
A masterpiece. Stories from daily lives of people in the US (around the world?) woven together around a common theme. So lovely.
This show is called “ This American Life”. Keep the shows about America and our stories. This show was AMERICAN
Seriously it’s everything you could ever want from a podcast
Thanks for good listening
Nothing even comes close!!
The emotional journey these stories take me on are so visceral. I’ve often started sharing a TAL story in conversation before realizing as I get into it —this wasn’t involving my friend! It’s from TAL!
Great show (even though the story about Elton and the tunnel man cave was a rerun). I have rarely missed an episode since 1995. Your pod never fails to entertain and enlighten.
TAL used to be funny and entertaining. Not anymore.
I loved this show for the stories it told. I now skip it more often than not because it has become more political for my taste.
I wish Ira Glass could narrate my life
Some really good stories of the people, great journalism, great producing. Usually these are great listens. BUT sometimes the episodes are too political. And when the comedians read monologues with fake audience laugher or read from their diaries.... those segments are GOD AWFUL. PAINFULLY UNFUNNY to listen to.
This was the funniest podcast I have ever heard--passed the link on to my friends and they loved it.. Thanks, Ira. This really helps in times of Coronavirus isolation.
Making chicken tortilla soup during quarantine and utterly beside myself with the Peter Pan story. I thought I didn’t want a funny episode... I was so wrong! Listen everybody, be transported!!
Should have been profound and moving but Christ, how many times can 2 grown men say “like” in a conversation? I had to pull over to delete this.
It’s so fun just listening to Ira laugh! Great stories to listen to, even a second time. Thanks for all the hours of stories you have given to all of us IG!
The latest episode “Alone Together” is a huge breath of fresh air that I almost didn’t know I needed. During this coronavirus epidemic This American Life is one of the very very few podcasts that actually gets it right. When neatly every other podcaster can think of nothing to talk about but the covid and how the craziness is impacting their life (as if not every other American is experiencing the same thing), this one actually dives deeper and reminds us of the often small but meaningful parts of life. Such a welcome reprieve.
I especially loved in dog 🐶 we trust ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤❤️🧡💛💚💙💜💓💞💗💖💘💕💝💞💓💗💖💘💕💞❣️
I’ve been listening to this show for over a decade and it never, never disappoints. Every episode has a beautiful and unique insight to both mainstream and alternative topics. The show helps me feel connected with humanity and provides me with a deeper understanding of whatever is discussed. Love this show and have recommended it to anyone who will listen!!
We want more Ira
I used to enjoy this show but I have to agree with the chorus of voices who feel that This American Life has shifted away from a focus on interesting stories. The focus now seems to be on advocacy for extreme ideologies and racial identity politics. At best, the contributors treat anyone who does not share their worldview with the condescending attitude of scientists observing a lesser species under a microscope. All the while, they seem oblivious to their own radicalism and bigotry. The show is an echo chamber within an echo chamber. I am very disappointed to see what it has become.
With over 60,000 review, why another? Becuase I have been listening for several years. Ira Glass and the American Life stories always entertain me. Many times they teach me stuff. Sometime they make me think more about issues in American Life.
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This show is life changing! Hearing the variety of stories of Americans has changed how I view this country and has give me small glimmers of hope in an unsettling world. This podcast brings diverse stories that showcase the human condition. I often laugh, cry, and feel challenged at the end of each episode. Thank you Ira and team! You help make the world a better place.
the last episode is so sad :( best wishes to him and his family
Come on! This is too invasive...exploitive even. I wish journalists would stop taking the time and energy of those suffering. Just take some time off during this crisis. The world can do without podcast content for a couple months.
I want to marry him....
I love this podcast more than words can say. With each new content, I am absolutely enthralled with the stories they gift us. I wish there was less “look back” and more new episodes, but I get that such quality doesn’t present itself every week. If you are a new listener, you are in for a few years worth of immaculate material. This show is amazing, I love it so much, please keep up the great work!
I have been listening to this American life for quite awhile and find myself anxious for the next episode. The only show on tv that makes me feel like that is curb your enthusiasm. Ira Glass has surrounded himself with such great talent which transfers to the page and delivered to us all. I thank all of the people that put this together my gratitude to you all is beyond words. Thank you and most of all stay safe
I love This American Life! Every episode is rich with real life lessons and excellent reporting facts. Everything in this podcast is unique and deep in knowledge. Thank you all for your hard-work and determination to bring honest and transparent stories.
Ira man...love the show so much already...but sheesh hearing baby ira and your sexpert ma and your dad’s sultry voice today...it was too much lovely in one episode! Wishing you and yours good health in the coming months !
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Especially enjoyed the latest episode. Thanks for helping put into words what we’re feeling. And special thanks for the 20second hand washing alt.
This is a mandatory easy listen for any podcast lover. Stories of regular people in America, so well told and often so moving. I look forward to every story.
This was well done from first story to second one. And Reality Winner is a heroine.
Solid 3/5 stars
It used to be more general interest quirky but has morphed into something else. Now it seems to deal more with current issues such as racism, immigration, misogyny, etc. In other words, the things we are constantly bombarded with on a daily basis. Previously it took us on an unexpected journey but now it’s more of a rumination on the latest woke preoccupation. The creativity of the past is sorely lacking. I’ve listened to the start of a few newer episodes and usually exit within minutes.
It seems like every story I hear now has a negative and anti American tone. It feels like I’m listening propaganda with a leftist view. I used to love spending my commute listing to this pod cast and hearing unbiased, fare and compelling stories. I’m sad that is not the case anymore.
The topics covered are always timely and relevant. The production and script are always excellent.
It’s the surprise, the edge, the care about our various humans - on going after all these years
I had to take TAL out of my subbed list. Giving a platform to people like W. Kamari Bell to further their agenda for self-promotion is getting old. It’s been a good run but see ya.
I have been listening to This American Life for years, and it became a part of my weekly Sunday night ritual. Lately it’s nothing but reruns. What the heck?!? At least acknowledge that you’re playing an absurd amount of reruns and maybe give your loyal audience a heads up as to why. Soon I’ll give up and stop checking to see if there’s a new episode... :/
I’ll start listening again when you cancel the Walmart ads.
I’m in high school and absolutely love this show! I love being challenged by the ideas in this podcast.
I’m so sick of the non stop racism against whites
Everyone’s a critic episode was great. I decided I am too. The OG podcast and an amazing radio show, keep it up Ira and team.
I love listening to this podcast most days. But it is quite funny that this “Public” (keeping the pub in public) radio podcast fails to recognize that over half of the country identifies as un-liberal. ....😂keep the human interest stories that inspire and drop the political BS.....
Just listened to the show on ratings and was inspired to leave some stars in the spirit of the ridiculousness of rating art on a five-point scale. Couple things: #1 the vocal fry is KILLING ME. I turn it off because it’s all I can hearrrrr...as a long-time listener, it’s a bummer because the stories are still gooooood. I just can’t take every sentence ending in a fryyyyyyyyy #2 the, like, overuse of the word “like,” is like, I dunno, sort of, like, too much maybe? 👀 #3 all those somewhat recent introductions of hosts with severe vocal and vocabulary annoyances aside, one of the great podcasts out there!! Iconic storytelling and an incredible archive 👏🏼
If this were 8 years ago I would give it 4 or 5 stars but lately a more appropriate name would be “Anything but This American Life”. I should preface the rest of this with “I’m no xenophobe” but it will come across as such but when I listen to a show with the title this one has, there’s an expectation of what the content well be like. Instead there are many MANY stories about illegal immigration. Stories about people in other nations and what they are dealing with and frankly very little about what is happening to U.S. citizens. I finally gave up and unsubscribed.
I almost never give 5 stars to anything but this show deserves 5 stars. I have listened religiously for over 5 years and I’ve never been disappointed by the level of investigative journalism even on the more mundane subjects. Well done!
Used to be a great variety show of sorts. Now it seems like we can’t go an episode without the subject of race being brought up which inevitably turns to bashing people based on their race. It’s a tired storyline.
I set up a dating profile and the site prompted me to write down who my dream dinner guest would be. Of course I put Ira Glass. 9/10 of my matches are beautiful evolved humans who comment on that pick. Thanks for being a good wing man on my journey to happily ever after.
When podcasts first came out I used to love this show. It hasn’t kept up, It’s fallen off tremendously. So many other good podcasts the days.
I really like this show a lot. I think what it has going for itself is that there are a lot of real voices, true human emotions, and interesting story telling. The only reason I give it 4 instead of 5 is...I think some stories should be vetted more b/c they are not totally 100% interesting and I just end up skipping them. But when it all clicks...wow. This show simply blows everything else out of the water. It’s down right riveting...
The episode Too Close To Home illustrates all that is good and bad about this podcast. Ira Glass describes with love and humanity, the experience of going home for Thanksgiving. But the tone of the piece about the immigrant parents, who “failed” to teach their daughter Hindi, seems like an exercise in expressing resentment. I felt so sorry for the father: his achievements in arriving in Canada from India, building a career, providing a home and sending his children to University were dismissed in a sneering aside when compared to choosing French lessons over Hindi. His crime was to be too assimilated. And he was described in the most unflattering terms. There is so much that can be said about the immigrant experience, and I write as an immigrant, with true insight for the struggles of parent and child.
I’ve been listening for about two years but this is my first review. I was moved beyond words by episode 693 (Abdi the American) and 646 (Secret of my Death). The first made me feel so lucky to have been born in the US, with all the things we take for granted. The second was simply intense and emotionally so powerful. The show is always fantastic but these two are masterpieces.
just started listening, And love it, but why can I only see back about 20 episodes?
The story of a woman of color born and raised in Russia and her life, is simply incredible.
It’s gotten blah and focuses solely social issues, not an array of unique stories that somehow intersect, which is what I LOVED about it. Where are the spontaneous fun stories? I rarely listen anymore.
I know, it’s the epitome of radio, but I find it hard too even get though an episode these days as they focus on the same few topics every single week now. So sorry to say, but I’m bored.
Oh my! I feel bad for the border agent that was found to be undocumented through no fault of his own. On the other hand, both him and his wife voted for Trump. I can’t help but feel less bad...
I’ve listened to this podcast for 3 years now & listened to older episodes all caught up .. & listening to this podcast has influenced me a lot opened my eyes & ears & started to look at life a little differently in a good way & I love it !!
I just gotta say to that review that said that they talk too fast, you can slow it down under the audio adjuster where it says x1. Press it until it gets to x1/2 then it slows to sound like they are drunk but maybe you like that.
Right when podcasts became a thing I used to listen this show religiously. It’s taken a hard turn. With every story focused on the same tired subjects.
This American Life is beauty wrapped up in a podcast and presented every Sunday. The episode Get Back to Where You Once Belonged is incredible. The allowing of different types of viewpoints of black people, the nuance, the fact that we are also represented here. Thank you Ira! You’re an amazing man.
... is so far, my favorite. A much needed reminder. Keep ‘em coming!
Week after week, we hear wonderfully thought out stories on all different topics.
Please give Bim Adewunmi her own show. This episode is truly fantastic. She is an absolute delight. :)
I would listen to an entire podcast that is just like the Show of Delights episode. It was perfect to listen to as I fell asleep, as someone whose racing nighttime thoughts easily beckon insomnia. Happy dreams.
the title says it all, i literally spend 10 hours a day listening to this. 69/10 recommend
I have listened to this show for a few months now and I absolutely ADORE it! I very seldom write reviews but I just listened to the episode about Delights and hearing Cole squeal when he hears the bus coming for his first bus ride made my day! Awesome podcast!
I generally listen to this podcast on my way to work. This gives me the stuff I need to be awesome, which differs by episode. Sometimes it’s empowerment, sometimes laughter, sometimes a mission, sometimes a point of interest to share with my high school students. The episode on delight was something that I also really needed right now. So thank you for these things and everything else.
I listen to podcasts all day long and I can honestly say This American Life is the best! It draws you in, educates you and continually keeps you wanting more. The time and effort put into each show is undeniable. The producers are changing lives and outdated thinking with the way they handle the subject matter. There is real empathy in these stories, there is forward thinking and unbiased results. Listen for yourself and support this incredible show. Ira please take this style of storytelling to the schools, your approach would do wonders to modernize high school English class....forget 3 paragraph essays, have them produce a podcast segment!!
I was able to meet Ira Glass, last week at the University of South Florida. I had never truly tuned into the podcast but I was encouraged to know more after speaking to him one on one. I appreciate him for visiting and sharing his strategy with a young, new journalist (me). Catching up on episodes and engaging has been so awesome. Absolutely loved the show on “Delights.”
I laugh. I cry. I learn. I empathize. I feel. I wonder. I enjoy. I discover. I uncover. I smile. I explore. I identify. I understand. I engage. I delight. That is why I love This American Life.
I’ve been a listener to TAL for a while now. This recent episode concerning delights was refreshing and brought about an optimism which has eluded me for the past several years. Any producers, or folks involved in this episode in any way, please know that you have hit the mark so precisely...just an astounding job in general. Thank you for warming at least one heart radiantly.
Love all of your reports but so fast hard to understand I’d like to hear the history of quick quo po and how everything ever country we deal with has been going on since time began
Superb on every level. Thanks for investigating such a charming piece. I had no idea about this.
Please broaden your vocabulary. Hearing “like” every other word is horribly annoying
I just love this podcast. Thank you for what you create for me -and so many others- week after week.
What a great episode! Thank you!
I enjoyed an episode about the ups and downs experienced in a month at a car dealership as a salesman. The pressure, the anticipation and the suspense...The style and design of this podcast, it’s delivery, puts you in the scene in a way that is unique and inviting. Simple everyday Americans lives are far more interesting that one thinks. I think the great value in this podcast is where it takes you and how it leaves you with a greater appreciation and understanding of the many different types of people that form the fabric of American culture.
I feel like half my conversations begin with “I was listening to This American Life the other day and...”. Always. Riveting. What a loss to the world it would have been if Ira’s Dad had prevailed and he’d done something else!
My favorite review here is titled Trump 2020. And it goes ‘You leftist scumbags can piss off’ another one complains about catering to the left and claims that the show has lost a loyal listener. So these folks who have very little idea about what our country was based upon, namely the open sharing of sometimes conflicting ideas (the ignorance of which somehow makes them more ‘patriotic’ than I am), and who call me a snowflake can’t seem to get their Depend undergarments out of twist enough to even listen to something that does not directly parrot Sean Hannity or some other Fox News hot air bag. It is the illumination of this fact that gives me the most joy! “I win, just like always!” -Magic Man
If you are an adult who longs to relive the quiet moment when as a child someone would read you a story, then come to This American Life and open the storybook. Each tale tells about something you may never have imagined, or is too far fetched to be true (but is!), or is just so interesting and revealing that there is no need to turn it off. I travel a lot for work and This American Life accompanies me wherever I go in the world. There’s a great discovery with every episode - hop on board!
And I still love this podcast. Some of their episodes can mean to the left, but I enjoy hearing both sides so that doesn’t bother me. I feel like they do a good job of talking about left issues without bashing the right. I am somewhat in the middle of the two though, so maybe that’s why I tolerate it better. Some of the stories can be boring, but I understand that you can’t always cater to every single person. I either fast forward or struggle through those parts. Most of the stories are interesting and do give you insights on how other people live theirs lives, which gives you a more worldly view. That’s what I love about it!
This podcast used to be my favorite. Now, it’s just political ramblings that ostracize half of their precious audience. You’ve lost a loyal listener.
Smart and amazing subjects weaved together
Former home of interesting stories, now just vocal frying Millennials trying to imitate Ira Glass’s intonation while telling mediocre personal stories which will bore you to tears.
I’ve listened for years and enjoyed it a lot, but you need to warn listeners whenever millennials are going to start whining about their parents in a show. Enough already.
where did they go??
I can’t recall how long ago I began listening to TAL, over a decade now I’m sure, and while there are many very fine podcast available today TAL is still the best.
Still an important piece of my podcast repertoire.
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Diverse range of topics that keep me coming back.
With artfully crafted, intriguing human interest stories, This American Life is what I reference when I want to explain what good radio/good podcasting is. I started listening when I was 17 and this show has opened my mind to so many different experiences across the country. Sometimes America seems so big that it's hard to wrap your mind around its citizens' lives but TAL lifts the veil every week. The show has great values and great journalists. Even though TAL makes me cry (it can be joyful, moving, and tragic) as much as it makes me laugh, I come back for more every week!!
One would think 1/3 of America is Jewish.
I would even love to work with this incredible staff someday - it would be an absolute dream. But there are so many reruns. So many.
Munch a chucker chickun. Now!
This used to be an outstanding Podcast with great story telling and outstanding themes and topics. Somewhere along the way it’s fallen off terribly. The episodes are extremely political or just straight up boring and/or stupid. I’d recommend listening to the old stuff as the new stuff is garbage. Might be time to hang it up Ira!
This podcast was always there for me when I was alone
I have been listening to this show for years. Sadly, the last 5 have shifted from slice of life, interest stories to an extension of current events. I rarely missed an episode. My auto-down loads remind me that I have not listened for weeks. It has gotten to the point where I enjoy the reruns more that the current shows.
Why do so many of the shows begin with warnings for foul language? There is no reason for “acts” to have cussing in them. It is distasteful and poor reporting. Surely there is a way to tell the story without making the listener choose between interest in the subject and spiritual standards. I will not listen to cussing by choice.
Re-runs. Re-runs. Re-runs. This American Life is entertaining and well done, but new episodes are far in between. Need fresh material.
I’ve been listening for a long time and it’s always one of my favorite shows.
Gets me every time! Love this!!!
This is a great podcast with interesting storylines.
This used to be the best podcast and I loved all of the stories. Now, I can’t even make it through an episode anymore. They are all SO BORING! Makes me sad but I think it’s time for this show to end.
I can get a dose of reality among all the muddy politics! (Nothing else is more real than the Nature shows on Netflix). Thank you so much for true stories about REAL people in American. Helps me be aware, unbiased, and knowledgable. My FAVORITE for 2019 was one of the Halloween episode stories when the raccoon that had rabies attacked a lady in her driveway! True story!
Sometimes this show flips my thinking around and I’m so grateful for the new ideas and great storytelling. Other times I find some stories so pointless that I can’t be bothered to finish the episode. Can be very frustrating, yet I keep coming back for more.
The digging up the bones episode made me nauseous with all the graphic detail.
God it was great.
It’s not that complicated
This was the one and only episode I didn’t finish. The “ducky” story was awful and the next one wasn’t any better - I couldn’t continue. Still one of my favorite podcasts.
All I can say is thank god for the podcast, I’m no longer a prisoner in my car. The show is nothing short of perfect.
Wow,such a fun show to listen to, Great journalism, interesting topics
Not a single episode has disappointed. Very well done!
I have listened to ALL of This American Life. It was good 10 years ago. It's great today. The show brings you into new worlds of every scale, from a single family to huge, hidden subcultures. It opens doors and invites you in to parts of the world you would never have heard about otherwise. Hundreds of episodes, each worth a listen. Together they form a podcast legend.
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The first and most important podcast I read all day but hate reading and love listening and love wonderful content. So this is for me.
Ducky? I'm listening to some crazy woman imitate a duck in the stupidest bit of radio I've heard in a long time. They used to do good stuff on this show but this is so lame. I'm disappointed.
It’s simply the podcast of our generation.
Can’t help but wonder why people who aren’t American citizens are the topic. Also having a hard time figuring out why Trump has turned this pod into a bunch of mindless worker bees...?
Used to like it, but it’s turned into nothing but one-sided politics. Bleh.
Used to listen to this all the time when they’d have a diverse library, but then in 2016 Donald Trump became president. I would love some unpolitically bias stories, maybe one out of 10 wouldn’t be bad.
So many episodes I can binge on any one they are all incredible the archive on the site is amazing ! Type in anything that’s on your mind and you will find an episode to fit your mood . And must I add its really brought some deep , hard , thought provoking topics and stories that have altered my mental outlook on Life in America . All of us can relate
I have been listening for over six years and am a huge fan. The four of five stars is a reflection of what seems to be a move from interesting and entertaining themes and stories to moderately entertaining and entertaining themes and stories that are “woke”. Seems like back in the day there was no agenda and the main criteria was just entertainment. Pretty easy to just skip weeks but I am sad to be skipping much more often.
The amount of vocal fry in many of the contributors is astounding and distracting. The content is great (even when I disagree with it) and I feel like I learn so much from this show. So many topics, so many range of emotions-it is fantastic. I just wish the constant vocal frrrryyyyyyyyyyyy was somehow toned down. Despite that, brilliant podcast!
But today’s episode made me angry. Don’t blame the U.S. for the immigration issues.
I used to be a huge fan for many years, until they started in with a lot of political opinion pieces. When it comes to that type of topic, I just delete the podcast for that week, and I don’t listen. When it talks about personal stories, slices of life, those are the stories that I love, and they do them so well. Please stick to those more and do less political type of reporting. If you’re a liberal, you’ll love this series. If you want no politics in your podcasts, move along.
Beautiful, inspiring, and devastating. These stories are filled with heart and are masterfully told. Ira Glass is the father of podcasting.
What else is new? Pro big government. Leftist. Some stories that leave out politics are great. Otherwise, it can get frustrating. Yes. Please don’t come to my Country expecting us to support you. We didn’t expect it. We built it.
We experience enough political opinion in day to day life . I go to podcasts to usually escape all that unless I am explicitly looking for political podcasts I must say the shows are well written and executed . The reason for the 3 stars is this new digression into the world of political opinion . The opinions are obviously partisan and I have a hard time with digesting the reporting in some episodes when it is obviously one sided . TAL PLEASE PLEASE stop with this partisan opinion podcasting
Was once a great show, but sadly has become obviously far left leaning.
It’s Glass’ most recent podcast, The Out Crowd should be required listening for all Americans. It gets to the human reality behind the headlines.
I don’t listen to podcast for political purposes. This is extremely liberal. If you are liberal then you will love it. I am one that doesn’t want to hear any side pushed.
Endless enjoyment. A smorgasbord of superb human life displayed on an expertly produced and seamless audio platform. The diverse eclectic nature of the show is guaranteed to delight the senses. Namaste Ira!
A show for people who what to know stuff, are ninjas, and ponder why the sky is blue. It’s better than that! It’s good information for people who strive to be better people, parents, spouses, friends, and employees.
Cutest, smartest kid ever begins this episode. I never tire of this podcast. Brilliant.
Please .. stop with the horrible comedy tedx style shows....
I look forward to this podcast every week, but feel disappointed when it’s a “live show” I find them irritating, whiny and impersonal
Slow down. You talk too fast. Are you running the tape at 1.5 speed? Great show but I would like to relax more when I listen.
Learn so much every time. I am an audio learner.
I listen to a lot of podcasts and this is one of my favorites. Good storytelling!
This was pretty much my first podcast subscription. I always find it interesting and often amusing. Even as they update re-runs there is something interesting and beautiful there. I really enjoy the David Sedaris moments as well.
Don’t miss the Halloween episode! All good but the very last 15 minute segment was laugh out loud funny!
Really opening my eyes. Things I thought were of no interest to me, things I thought I knew, you made these things important, special and deserving of some thought! You all are awesome, love you!
There’s really not much more to say. This American Life is powerhouse for stories. It provides ample amounts of thought-food for those who are desperate for something profound and novel. Enjoy.
Thank you so much for the wonderful episode on what is transpiring in Hong Kong. It was eye opening to hear the experiences of what life is like there. It seems as though the protesters want the same freedoms Americans fought the British for in our early history, to not be ruled by another county. I also enjoyed hearing Peter’s view point, the way the police see it, well as the individuals who are not from the mainland yet are supporters of China. This episode was fair in that it allowed us to hear the viewpoints of everyone in Hong Kong. However, it also made me grateful to live in America because despite how we may feel about the current political climate, we still have certain freedoms that are lacking in other countries.
this podcast was truly the podcast that got me into listening to podcasts and I excitedly listen to the episodes every Monday! would recommend to everyone I know.
This is the only podcast I subscribe to. Admittedly, I wish they’d lay off the politics a bit. My favorite episodes were called Camp, and Mystery at Loon Lake, Babysitting, and Poultry Slam. The episodes where they dived into every lives and found joyful, fascinating stories. Still, it’s my favorite radio show or podcast of all time. Bar none. Period.
It was the best forever. It was the only one forever. Then it became political. Then it did what the rest of the world does and drew our attention to politics and wars. I got a boxed set of this show for my wedding which I cherished. Then the show just got lazy and did politics and wars and I couldn’t listen anymore. This American Life, our American life, isn’t just about politics or wars. Politics and wars shouldn’t have had a place in this show. It was our reprieve away from it. I miss this show, the way it was. Everyone is doing war and politics. This was our reprieve.
I love the texture given with each story helping me to feel present.
This is my first time commenting on podcast. Even my first time commenting on anything as far as I can recall. Strangely enough, I have heard only one episode of this podcast— Umbrella Up. I’m now on a subway, and I’m literally crying (sniffing) on it after I just finish listening to Umbrella up and the music comes in. This piece of audio is just so amazing and precious, especially in a world that’s so splitted. All I see is the Chinese media are saying the protesters are making mess, while the western mainstream media are saying police are beating protesters. I followed the Hongkong story for so long, maybe too long that my friends and colleagues have already given up on following. Just when I think there is no way that media on the two sides can report an overall objective story about HK to the world, just like the two sides in HK can never compromise, this podcast gave me light, literally! I believe in the so called western democratic and liberal values, but I also see the value and essential reasons of the Chinese systems and the way of ruling. I have been living in both places. The only thing I learned from books and real life is there is no system that’s perfect for every country. Nothing is truly universal. Obviously, not a lot of people see it, not even fewer media report on that. Not even my used-to-love New York Times. But you did, Umbrella up, This American Life. Thank you, there is nothing else I can express other than appreciation! You tell a story I have been eager to tell for years! You are on my subscription list, now and forever. Thank you!
The episode “Umbrella Up” is by far one of the best episodes on This American Life. Absolutely, lovely job done making this documentary!
When one participant in NYC’s Caribbean Day parade says to The This American Life reporter that the police and NYC media irresponsibly [my word] view and report on the parade as violent, I was angry at how the majority culture in the US projects it’s own transgressions on to others. When the Hasidic seven year old child said in the same episode that he was carrying child scissors to protect himself during what I have always experienced as a celebratory and exuberant parade because of what he had heard, it saddened me to see yet another example of how racism is taught in the US. This same Hasidic child was selling ice cream outside with his brother a distance away from the parade and ended up getting the most money that day from a jubilant Guyanese-American woman participant in the parade. I’m weary of people of African descent always taking the high road in the face of rampant racism.
Thank you for doing an episode on the riots in Hong Kong! It was so helpful 😁
Episode 686, “Umbrellas Up” is why I have mostly stopped listening to TAL. Instead of intriguing, fascinating, often esoteric stories of life in America, as this program once was, we today get a story on Hong Kong protesters. You’ve lost your way… if you’re bored or out of ideas, just shut it down.
This is utterly inspired. People standing up for the concept of democracy. If only America could follow that energy. I need to do more. Inspired to do so as I wipe the tears.
I have loved TAL for many years. I look forward to the podcast every week. It’s moving, and thought provoking and entertaining. The past few years the podcast has become overly political. I enjoy learning about our country but I miss the podcast before President Trump.
This episode was EVERYTHING. The storytelling was phenomenal (and brought back vivid memories of my own Labor Day Parade experiences) and really did justice to NY Carnival Culture. The episode honestly describes why I fell in love with Carnival Culture over 25 years ago and why I spend so much of my time volunteering with the Carnival committee now. Signed a proud Panamanian American (with roots in St. Lucia, Jamaica, Barbados, Antigua and St. Kitts). 😊
Still love this show. I appreciate all of these stories. Really puts truth out there!
I love this show so much. I wish there weren't as many replays of past episodes, but the quality is top notch.
Well... he’s clearly touched. 🕯 -Les Couchon- 💄🐷🍒👠
I always look forward to listening! This American Life brings a refreshing variety of stories and perspectives that make me feel connected to humanity. Plus the production quality is always excellent!
I’ve been listening to this American Life for many, many years. Great, interesting stories told very well.
I love this American Life . It’s interesting, informative, touching, funny but mostly amazing. The end of Anatomy of Doubt almost made me lose control of my car . I was cursing and yelling out loud . Thank you every day 💕
Sometime TAL has the ability to bring up feelings in us. Feelings that were just below the surface. Good feelings ? Absolutely. Lots of laughs on the show but there’s also stories that can tug hard at the heart. Those about grieving and loss. Those that might make us take a look at ourselves or a certain behavior. And sometimes people don’t want to get introspective. Don’t want to hear political talk (meaning don’t want to hear left leaning political talk) Don’t want to hear fast talkers and don’t want to hear a growls. That’s ok TAL will continue inspiring, educating, and entertaining! Ive been listening for over 13 years Im pretty sure there’s an episode for everyone.That one episode you just never forget.. well there’s more than one, but the one that comes to mind is Child Logic. yeah I’m a podcast nerd and TAL is the OG of podcasts. I recommend and give 5 stars
Ira Glass is the big spoon of our nation. Don’t you feel held and warm, America?Thank you Ira Glass and company. Love, Biscuits
Never gets old. Inspiring stories with humor and grace.
I absolutely LOVE this podcast. The stories are all very different but equally compelling and interesting. I’ve even downloaded the app to go back to listen to episodes in their archive. I look forward to the new weeks where new episodes come out. A great podcast for someone looking to learn more about the world and other people via great storytelling.
I love Ira’s voice, the narrative arc of each episode, and the ultimate reflection of all the stories as it relates to each episodes theme. I truly love this podcast, I have been listening since 2011.
I don’t like the way they do their shows now- long monologuessssss of storytelling. Used to be so much better
Ira if you’re sick don’t do a podcast. Your voice was so annoying and I couldn’t listen to you. I know you said you were fine, but it was terrible. Sorry, don’t mean to be mean but this is a review.
I hated this episode. A strange wannabe eclectic but just an insecure pathetic man in Paris who criticizes tourists as being mundane and all the same.
After listening to the “wannabes” show I was surprised by the omission of Tulsi Gabbard and the slandering of Bernie Sanders at the end. Then he said this episode is sponsored by rocket mortgage and Chase bank. Then it made sense.
Didn’t understand the point of this story.
Voice is so obnoxious, just like most podcasts sorry.
Faithful listener But this week storyline the last one made me sad I couldn’t understand why but then I remember this happening to us (my mom)
My AP Language teacher introduced me to this podcast junior year of high school with the episode about the highs and lows of performing Shakespeare in prison. I have loved This American Life ever since, especially since being in college for the Pat few years. I appreciate the breadth and depth of the show. I love the deep dives into the day to day of a politician, like the episode about Jeff Flake and his fight for DACA. I also cannot tell you how much I love the radio musical episode as well. I show 21 Chump Street to anyone who will listen/watch it with me. Thank you for humanizing so many different stories and issues in ways that allow me to feel both connected to and challenged by each and every theme and podcast. I hope I can listen to this podcast for many years to come!
This American Life is a fantastic podcast. The narrative storytelling is compelling and thought provoking. Would give it 6 stars if I could.
I used to use your excellent human interest stories as adult bedtime stories (to wean me off my screens with audio), but now all your shows are political and/or terrifying and it’s stressing me out. Can you NOT give every show a dark theme? Please? Because you’re my favorite podcast ever (were?).
The show is usually really good. In depth stories are sometimes fascinating, sometimes pretty interesting, other times just meh. But the hosts have a tendency every once in a while to come off as very snooty and snarky about things that they disagree with, which is very annoying.
Ira glass is amazing. His delivery and tone of voice gets you sucked in within seconds. You can’t wait to hear the story. The subjects allow you to glimpse into their life and experiences and you are forever changed. Thanks so much for this show.
The bizarre ramblings of a once famous American author turned narcissistic weirdo. Also, has nothing to do with Paris.
Simply the best. If you love a well told story this podcast is amazing.
This American Life tackles big topics like immigration or political scandals by examining microscopic parts of it. The host, Ira Glass, keeps his opinions to a minimum and really lets the listener connect the dots. I love all the journalists on this show, and how they can make 3 or 4 “interviews” (actually live on location candid discussions and deep questioning with people who will talk) feel like they’ve covered all the angles. The show also covers topics you didn’t know mattered to you, until you start listening. So good, so in depth, & so absorbing.
and have never written a “review” about ANYthing. I am simply remarking as a mere mortal (English/Psych/MBA/VP/switching careers to Deaf Ed/ELL teacher) THIS is THE quintessential essence of the Old Oxford Dictionary definition of an Authentic, Provoking, Funny, Quixotic, Dumb, Intuitive, [sometimes logical] PODCAST: (n) AND (v)... But of course I detest the commercials however, are We willing to contribute enough to make them obsolete? Go A~W~A~Y forever? What day you Ira? Rather than aNOTHER fund raiser, calculate how much “WE” can contribute to NEVER AGAIN hear about “QuickLoan something” or “SquareSpace something” or “that hiring place something” or “Chaos Monkey” something👈🏽(obviously your ubiquitous “adVERTisments, as my Great & Grandma called them=“Clabber Girl”baking soda, etc. =iGNORE those ignorant men...then? I can only recall learning to bake rolls w Clabber Girl baking soda.) Think outside the Earth Ira & Company. If you ASK US, We WILL COME to avoid commercial interruptions; of course, this means you will have to add ~8-11.5/min to your broadcast yet? Ohhhhh! WOULDN’T it be LOVerlyyy if you considered this as an option. I realize no one will read this as it is too long however, it is Just A Thought (JAT my just 30/yr/old millennial Son taught me today). OK then.
I totally love this show and I listen to it usually on Monday or Tuesday and have listed to the past shows also. I will always be a fan Lauren
The liberal left-leaning takes are nauseating. And the vocal fry, wow the vocal fry is something that will cause you to claw your ears off. Why do people even use vocal fry? It’s terrible for your voice, and a majority of people hate it. I cannot handle the left leaning liberal agenda in this podcast anymore. It used to only take place occasionally, and I can just skip that act. But now it is in almost every episode. The episode, “save the girl” was completely unlistenable.
The new episode about rescue girl peddle the contrived PC ideas... I thought this podcast is about exploration instead it’s about education? Boring. And bad art. It’s OK to want to rescue people!!! And it’s nothing to be condemned... my
Wow the best
Love how there’s relatable stories and also news and history
I could listen to her political stories endlessly. She gets people to talk on both sides. Please give us more, more, more.
I’ve been a fan of TAL for over 13 years, but I can barely finish an episode that features Zoe Chace. I love her stories but her voice is absolutely grating on my last nerve. Along with her voice the show had taken a serious political turn in the last few years. Sad to say, I think I’m done with this show. Zoe do is all a favor and get someone else to read your lines.
I listen every week and found this episode engaging and fascinating! Politicians are real people.....who knew??? Zoe Chase, I love your voice!
From discussions about gun violence to spacial memory to a nickel found on the shower floor, TAL keeps you intrigued even after the episodes end.
Really, not one minute of coverage for Bernie Sanders in the episode Wannabes? The candidate responsible for every progressive platform adopted by the other candidates, who inspired half the nation and kept them inspired since 2016, and re-inspires every one of the thousands of people who attend his rallies? Thanks for helping Trump when you could help sway everyone in the same right direction. How listeners listen to you.
Trump’s successful visit to United Kingdom? Really
I heard a few episodes that were pretty good but then I noticed the political undertones with virtue signaling. So unnecessary. Just tell a story and stay out of politics.
I have listened to this podcast for years and have never been disappointed. I recommend with all my heart the episode “our friend David,” I’ve listened to it at least twice and it is devastating and funny and full of wonder. Thank you, NPR team. Keep on doing the good work.
Where are the rest of the episodes? I know this podcast has been around for a long time but it only lets me go back to a handful of episodes.
Episode on Alex Jones was filled with lies and falsehoods.
Why can’t we listen to more episodes?
It’s the gold standard. Ira is the best.
This American Life never disappoints. Thanks for bring interesting stories that make me think and show me a new point of view every week.
I have listened to This American Life for the last few years, and it continues to be one of my favorites. This podcast helps me to envision other viewpoints, imagine other parts of life, and to put myself in the shoes of other people. What does it mean to be American? This American Life successfully helps to tell the story of what other Americans experience and why we should know. And we need that today, let’s be honest.
I just deleted this app. It’s become far to political and not surprisingly leans left like NPR. I listen to podcasts for enjoyment and do not want slanted opinions rammed down my throat. THL staff, why don’t you go back to the good old days when you made non political enjoyable podcasts.
I was a hardcore fan of TAL for the longest time. I found the stories thoughtfully curated, well reported, and compellingly told. But I had to unsubscribe because of one fatal flaw: Ira’s shoehorned, totally insufferable, mad-libs-style excuses for jokes that now arrive at the end of each episode like fart cherries from hell. Depending on the subject matter of the episode, these pitiful one offs (with painfully long and convoluted set ups I should add) come across as awkward but more often than not cringeworthy and tone deaf. Everything preceding those miserable nuggets is still radio gold, but out of principle I can no longer support the institution that is This American Life. With love, Kate
No other Podcasts can it will ever do it like they do. My very favorite
I hate how old episodes are constantly recycled. I’d like an option to have only new episodes show In my feed, or at least to have episode descriptions start with NEW or REPEAT
Dear Mr. Glass, you have the best podcast hands down. I love the stories and the way you tell them. I have listened to many podcast more than once because they are so interesting. I feel so lucky to have discovered you and your podcast and will keep listening endlessly. Thank you so much for all of your hard work. CMBR
"I'm used to hearing my voice recorded. Andcontrollingtheway, I sound. Like. The waaay, I'mtalkingtoyou, right now." Yeah, we noticed. "...like I had finally taken, some, mask, off. That, I didn'tknow, Iwaswearing." Yes, exactly! A mask! And, then... darn. I was so sure that you were going to talk about your realization that you should speak with your normal voice. Oh, well. Now, let's spend a half-hour turning a mental Illness into a self-indulgent, look-at-me reality show!
Ira Glass is my favorite radio host. He always does a wonderful job narrating the stories. This American Life team chooses very interesting topics. I have never listened to an episode I didn’t like.
Inspiring to do what’s right and just. Frustrating that this continues to be allowed, supported internally and those involved promoted or moved. I hope Ladonna is valued for her strength, commitment to her employer and courage to stay the course even when faced with deterrents...she is a force. Great piece.
For over a decade, I have been an admiring listener of TAL’s journalistic insights into American culture, politics, and media. Any criticism that the reporting is unbalanced or biased says more about the political leanings of the reviewer. Shows like TAL are exactly what the county needs to keep them informed of all sides and perspectives on a range of important issues.
Topics are interesting, but speakers speak too fast especially the host. Slow down so that we can enjoy and absorb content. What’s the rush?
TAL used to let its stories speak for themselves... now it uses those stories to respond to the current political climate, and push opinions upon the listener in embarrasingly transparent ways. That is, when its not airing reruns... What happened, TAL?
I’ve been listening to this show for something like 20 years starting back in Austin on KUT. I’ve always loved the offbeat nature of its storytelling. Lately I’ve felt like there’s too much of an agenda and it doesn’t make listening as fun as when I’d hear some unexpected story about some little quirk of life or a personal story that transcends the individual telling it. Now it’s more like several stories about immigration or that guy in the White House. Yes, immigration is a part of our American lives and given the times, it’s importance is clear. But that’s not what I come to this program for. I come to be transported by the little joys or mysteries of life. I’m not looking for hard hitting- journalism that divides people into camps. I get that elsewhere. Keep this podcast quirky and unexpected. I need an escape.
This podcast has managed to remain consistently insightful, smart and entertaining for years. Best stuff out there, it never disappoints.
This is my go to pod for news and all around great content
This show and it’s spin off Serial have the same modus operandi - create a plausible scenario from a true life story using a version of the facts to illicit sympathy for a “victim” then blame the victims plight on an abusive institution of their choice. Take your pick; the judicial system, the police, Trump, the US government, capitalism. Is the individual ever accountable for breaking the law or making terrible choices including abusing drugs, carrying a weapon or associating with known criminals? Never. Why take responsibility when you can blame others? Please, I’ve heard enough.
This podcast is great - great stories & well told. Both new and old episodes are awesome.
I love This American Life. I love the predictable format, and yet every episode so different!
This American Life is a treasure.
This is one of my favorite podcasts. The stories are well told and thought provoking, I regularly find myself thinking about a certain episode days or weeks after listening. Lately many episodes have a much more political focus to them which I personally enjoy quite a bit less (the pro-censorship episode was more than a little annoying) but nonetheless still a great car-ride podcast and almost always entertaining. Great podcast, just don’t be surprised if the political stories only shed light on one side of the story.
I’ve literally never left a review (I work in public radio so I’ve justified it as a conflict of interest) but this demands attention! Ira Glass, a veritable God among reporters pronounced “Peabody” as in “Peabody, MA” incorrectly in the episode “Here’s Looking at You, Kid.” He says it Pea-BODY as if the word has two syllables, I tell you emphatically as a New Englander and friend of a Peabody native, IT DOES NOT! It is sort of jammed into one syllable like PEEBUDEE, but if one were to make a pronouncer for a public radio host it would be “pee-BUH-dee” with a note (jam these syllables together). I love this show, it is amazing. One of the only shows I will still listen to when I’m podcasted out but I shouted when I heard this and needed to say something. Also listen to the Loon Lake episode, it might explain why I responded so emphatically to this.
This American life is the very first podcast I ever listened to, and had so many wonderful conversations with friends because of it! It has taught me so much, and made me laugh and cry. I’m grateful for the politics when it’s most needed to talk about. You guys are amazing and I’m grateful for your work. Thank you!
Sometime ago, This American Life (TAL) did an episode defending their use of vocal fry. Practically all of their producers and the host speak with a fry. Some studies suggest that long-term glottal-fry speakers speak this way in a psychological effort to help their listener think the speaker is educated and upwardly mobile. (I do not need this convincer. The TAL content is enough.) Other studies suggest that, in general, people who habitually speak this way are viewed by employers as less hireable, less vocally pleasant to hear and less prized as a prospective employee (with the apparent exception of job interviewers at TAL). Apparently, in an effort to defend their habit, TAL interviewed an academic linguist during the episode who said there was no problem with such habitual aperiodic vocal creakiness. That person‘s opinion is partially true in some contexts. Instead of interviewing someone who lacks clinical experience regarding the harmful effects of extended glottal fry, however, I wish you had interviewed an expert in vocal pathology. As a speech-language pathologist with clinical experience and degrees in linguistics and speech-language pathology, I know that all speakers fry from time to time. Some fry is normal. Some languages use glottal fry in their phonology without vocal harm. These facts are probably what your linguistics professor was thinking of when saying vocal fry is not harmful. The fact is, however, that glottal fry is like smoking cigarettes. You shouldn’t do it a lot if you’re going to do it at all. Some people can do it for extended periods of time and have no problem. Others, because of necessary risks in their job or susceptibility to damage from poor vocal hygiene, including extended glottal fry, develop clinical pathology, pain and the chronic inability to speak to large crowds or to be understood at even moderate distances. Vocal fry is coming into vogue with recent generations. It is a habit used by new announcers and radio hosts who address their audience through a microphone inches away. To professionals who speak at unamplified distance, however, such as lecturers, teachers, university professors, singers and actors, extended glottal fry is risky. It is generally perceived by audiences as unpleasant, and by clinicians, as part of poor vocal hygiene that may lead to vocal nodules, dysphonia, and corrective surgery. As such, it can shorten careers, and lead to professional anxiety, stress and heartache. From your professional-microphone-user perspective, I can allow your viewpoint to pass. You should know, however, that glottal fry can be harmful to stage actors, orators and university professors. Additionally, your vocal fry episode lacked true professional expertise and perspective. I have come to trust and respect your producers and their storytelling chops. In your glottal fry episode, however, you discounted or ignored a significant segment of your audience, including clinical experts. Research indicates some listeners will turn away simply because of your vocal fry. This is a shame, because I love your show and its content. For a time, following your glottal fry episode, I couldn’t shake the cynical impression that the episode might be a compensatory substitute for additional vocal training. I was also disappointed that you are willing to ignore and devalue a large section of your audience who will turn away from your message because they judge your voice as unpleasant. I’m not your pathologist. I am also not a vocal snob. I am your devoted long-time listener, who’s willing to look past your institutionalized fry as “who cares harmless.” I could not, however, look past your episode’s potential harm to unsuspecting vocal professionals who are now at additional risk because of your episode’s misinformation. I would hope to hear a correction or retraction for the sake of those folks. Either way, I remain a devoted fan. Thanks. I enjoy your program.
My boyfriend is the same as the comedian you had on in the beginning of your latest episode, I love him more for having that need for his childhood stuffed animal. I am the same way and it brings us closer!
A once great show which has become too infused with politically driven agenda
I love this podcast and would give it five stars if there was regular new content. Why so many re-runs. Am I missing something?
Used to love to listen to every episode. Then, I found myself scrolling through to skip the political episodes, but they are not labeled as such, so impossible to tell. Ever since President Trump took office, you have been shoving liberal crap more and more. Pretty sad because there have been some excellent episodes over the years. Your political comments don’t make me think “oh, he just changed my mind! Guess I need to vote Democrat! “ ...they just confirm my disgust with today’s liberals and I can’t wait to vote for President Trump in 2020. Anti-Conservative, anti-US Constitution, anti-God comments...no need push your agenda...you used to have fans from both sides of the aisle. Unsubscribing and deleting your podcast from my library.
I got hooked when I listened to this podcast a few year ago. I love its storytelling style, and relevant stories about our lives in the US.
What a fabulous, reflective search into the past - initially, told in the eyes of an inquisitive 11 year old boy. The mystery and history of the abandoned house left me filled with awe and profound sadness. Thank you Ira and your Team for bringing this little “gold nugget” into our present day consciousness. There is a humane need to preserve history (and people’s compelling stories) wherever they lie. Best Maija (Singapore)
Monotone voice, total inability to make anything sound interesting. Like he’s quickly reading a script on his way to work. Every single episode of his, I can’t make it 10 min through. I absolutely love this podcast. Their ability to capture American behavior, culture, history, current events, and so much more—it’s incredible. I really enjoy every host and story teller, except Adam Beckman, skip those episodes or put at the bottom of your list. I can’t believe they’re giving him a chance at storytelling over a much deserved POC or minority spotlight. Don’t get me wrong, T.AL. is extremely inclusive and diverse in many ways. Without him, I’d give it a 5. Srsly the best podcast.
That I would look forward to the ping that a new episode was in the queue and then would wait until the perfect time to listen. Forget the husband. Forget the kids. This is my time.
Today, I mourned the loss of a radio host named Rashad(?) in Syria. Never met him. I never heard his show on Fresh Radio in Syria. I heard his story on This American Life and by the end of the podcast I mourned his death. This is a show that takes you into the lives of others and leaves you with a shared piece of their experience.
If the addict would get right perhaps she would not have to worry about appearing on Live PD
My favorite podcast it is truly in a class by itself!
I can’t explain enough how enjoyable this podcast is. I listen to it at least once a week if not more. If ever I’m in a down mood this show brightens up by spirit! I learn something new each time and or relate to something they are discussing. It’s like my soul needs this connection to others and “This America Life “ is my happy brain drug. You rock at portraying topic of a story. Ingenious.
I could sit at Ira’s feet criss cross applesauce and listen to him and the journalists there for hours.
Will never get enough of this podcast. I wonder if I can go visit them. Love listening.
I am completely addicted to podcasts, I subscribe to over one hundred, but This American Life was my first and its still my absolute favorite. Ira, you’re my hero; thank you for so many years of tears, laughter, and pure joy.
So much goodness here. Cool themes, a genial host/producer, great reporting and heart. It’s a win.
I’ve listened to every episode of TAL - began binging a few years back and now listen weekly. TAL is the only thing that gets me through my Monday commute. I’ve listened to many other podcasts and nothing compares! I love the story telling and unpredictable takes on each theme. Not at all surprised that it’s been successful for so long! I saw quite a few one star comments regarding recent political episodes... while these are probably my least favorite episodes, I still enjoy the style of story telling that makes TAL what it is (doesn’t feel like the news).
This is one of the coolest things I’ve ever listened to ....
This is my favorite episode I’ve heard. First ran before I was born but since 2000 I’ve been listen to this show. You all should recreate this episode, almost 20 years later there’s plenty more stories. In the Golden Apple or some like establishment the same strategy would yield the new, but same, wonderful stories. Thanks Ira, -Jon
Love listening to this during work hours. Stories are inspiring, illuminating, and keep me interested every episode. Keep it up Ira!
I haven’t' listened TAL for several years. Burned out by the media coverage, politics and the culture wars, TAL was too twinged with leftist subtext and outright political bias. So I unsubscribed, which is a shame, because a story well told should be cherished; and I appreciate TAL for the ability to do this. Looking for something to listen to, I re-subscribed and held my breath. Perhaps setting it up for failure, I listened to the recent episode on "fairness." The fact that they never addressed the rational notion that nothing is ever fair, ever, their ability to twist a fascinating expose about NBA refs into a social justice piece just reinforced that the show carries an unmistakable leftist agenda. The sad thing is the lack of transparency. If the producers are unaware of how divisive commentary on “privilege,” they sure aren’t upfront about it. Unsubscribe. Again.
This show is cerebral and funny and gets to the heart and feelings of the people and experiences that the large majority of society can relate to. And if they can’t relate, then they can listen and get a perspective they’ve never heard before and grow as a human. No doubt there is so much work to getting this show on the air that we don’t see. I want to give you the credit where it is due. Fantastic job!
It seems like everything is related back to politics.
As many keep pointing out, please get back to great storytelling. Definitely too much political content which is overly biased. It is fine once in a while if done in a balanced way but it is clear that finding that balance is all too subjective. I would give it 5 stars but I stopped listening for about 6 months because of how annoying it became. 3 stars for now and I hope it goes back to what it used to be.
And now I must go to the Golden Apple the next time I am in the City
I used to love this show. I first started listening to it during the Obama presidency. They had all kinds of wonderful stories. But the further we get into the Trump presidency the more liberal this program gets. I’m so sick of all the bleeding heart stories about the pain caused by Trump. Every Liberal news channel, website, and social media platform is already trashing Trump. Get back to good storytelling please.
Always draws me in with great stories, drama, and humor.
This used to be my favorite program, but I’ve been incredibly turned-off by the heavy focus on politics in recent years. This show needs to go back to telling fascinating and funny stories instead of the quasi investigative journalism that they are dishing out these days. Ira Glass, please bring back the show we used to love.
I honestly love its truth and brutal honesty that can attract anyone. This podcast CAN become a little too political, based on my knowledge of previous episodes. But, nothing in the world is perfect, so therefore I rate it 5 stars.
Swing and miss on that one
I like this podcast, but the two I’ve listened to have been so liberal. I’m a registered independent, and somewhat a-political. I love stories but have been disappointed with the politics of it all.
Just tell a story and leave the liberal biased BS out of it....
I love TAL, but so much politics recently has me listening less. Hoping they shift back to what makes TAL great, e.g., Jonathan Goldstein’s Little Mermaid story may be the funniest thing I’ve ever heard!!!
Call me Fat was an absolutely amazing episode. It made me laugh and cry.
This show is so delightful! I love the stories and interviewers! Thank you for all you do and keep it coming!
Two conspiracy based shows back to back that mocked and pushed those with alternate beliefs further into the shadows. This American Life has made me feel all sorts of things over the years. So much genuine joy I’ve given money to help fund them at times. Unfortunately these two shows really exhibited the close minded nature of the production. There are so many other quality inclusive shows out there. So why waste your time?
It would be nice to get a warning that an episode can cause to ball out, just so that I’m not in public when I’m listening! Anyhow, great show, awesome reporting, keep doing what you’re doing!
I’ve listened on the radio for years , now while I work with my hands I try to enjoy the podcast. I highly look foreword to the hidden gems of our society & world that are often overlooked. The leftist slant tips me over sometimes & I have to move to something more balanced. Unfortunately Zoe Chances’ voice and thick Chekagoo accent often make me want to jab ice picks in both ears. Just enough to give permanent hearing loss. Usually when I hear her story is next, I wish I had been born 100 years ago , so I could miss her maniacal political rankings. Or I’d settle for being born 100 years from now, when the earth has been scorched by solar radiation so I wouldn’t have to endure her hysterical barrage of unpronounceable blabber. Other than that..... Love it!
“Left Behind” has me laughing and almost crying the entire episode. I am always excited to see a fresh episode as I never know what direction the show is going to next. Thank you for the entertainment as well as the gut-wrenching stories. Best, Josh
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!! 😂
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. ycttafu I 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?
I’ve listened to this show for years and love all the work they put into bringing their stories!
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.
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.
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.
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
Leave the politics out of it!!!
Really good podcast pre Trump. Now it’s a steaming pile of liberal feces.
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.
I love the show but I can’t stand Zoey’s voice when she reports on a story, it makes me tense
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.
Once a political view came into play I was disappointed. Wish with things like this it could stay neutral.
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 :)
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...
Who cares about facts when you can virtue signal.
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.
Without a doubt, my most favorite podcast. Always great stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This show will make you laugh, cry and most importantly, think. I’m sold.
Masterful Storytelling! Engaging writing with in-depth characters!
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.
This show is p good
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 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!
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.
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.
Amazing episode! ❤️😭
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love this show
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.