Official app for the public radio program This American Life. The This American Life app gives you access to the show's entire archive.

You can download an unlimited number of episodes for offline listening. You can also bookmark episodes to listen to later, and track your progress through our archive by marking stories as heard.

Browse and download episodes hand-picked by the show's host, Ira Glass, and our staff. Use our new search and filter functions to find your favorite stories by topic, contributor, and year.

This American Life is produced in collaboration with WBEZ Chicago and delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange. This app was developed by Black Pixel.

What's New

Version 4.1.1

* Recently aired episodes are now easier to find
* Bug fixes

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5

82 Ratings

82 Ratings

Happy that there's an app at all


This American life is worth listening to. And there's an app which enables you to listen to all of it- whenever you like. For me, this is amazing. It's more than amazing enough for me to forgive the small number of glitchy things like- the play button doesn't change to a pause button once you've pressed it. Whatever. It's a great app with some great features.

Disappointingly buggy


This American Life is a fantastic show and this app allows you to listen to all the back catalogue. However many of its features don't work very well.

The app is prone to crashes which is mildly irritating.

The app does not save anything to the cloud so if you change devices or reset your device everything is lost, eg: heard tracks, favourited tracks. Also if you use the TAL website there is no continuity between the app and the website.

You can download 5 episodes for offline play. But this is very buggy. Sometimes you are unable to delete a downloaded episode. When one track ends it never continues to the next episode. The downloaded episode sometimes gets corrupted and you have to remove it and stream the episode to fix the issue.

The app doesn't integrate well with the device play controls and can spontaneously close.

This American Life


I have been listening to TAL for a few years and I am completely hooked. I listen most evenings when I am not able to sleep & go through so many different emotions with the variety of shows & learn a great deal too. Ira is fabulous as are the entire team, and as for David Sedaris - he has me in fits of laughter - Paris will never seem the same again !!


This American Life LLC
18.3 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
© 2018


  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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