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This American Life

By Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

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This American Life is a hit public radio show and most weeks, the most popular podcast in the country.

This app gives you on-demand access to all episodes going back to the show's launch in 1995. In other words, you get the full archive of the series, at your fingertips. You can stream for free or (for 99 cents) download any episode, search by episode name or by a favorite contributor's name, or listen in order from the beginning.

This is a big deal, in both senses of the word. There's so much in here – hundreds of shows – you'd need 17 days and nights of listening to catch up. Every new episode is automatically added to the app. The app also connects you to all the episodes of the This American Life television show, which won three Emmys and aired on the Showtime network. (You have to pay 1.99 to download each full episodes from iTunes.)
*Never-before and rarely-before heard audio and video extras: including behind-the-scenes video with the show's producers, video outtakes from the TAL TV show, a video excerpt (of Mike Birbiglia) from TAL's live cinema event, Ira Glass interviews Terry Gross and vice versa, and some very old radio stories produced by host Ira Glass, including four Morning Edition stories by David Sedaris.

*Browse by show contributor (including Sedaris, Birbiglia, Sarah Vowell, John Hodgman, and more)

*Share episodes by email, Facebook, and Twitter

*Keep your own favorites list, and get staff favorites, too

*Station finder for listening to TAL on the radio in your area

*A blog with show news and events

*A countdown to the live weekly broadcast, which you can stream from the app.

This American Life is mostly true stories of everyday people, but it's also really hard to describe. Here's what it's not: It's not a news show or a talk show or a call-in show. Instead, it's stories that are like little movies for radio. There are funny moments and emotional moments and moments where the people in the story say interesting, surprising things about it all. It's a public radio show for people who don't necessarily like public radio. It's produced by Chicago Public Radio and distributed by Public Radio International.

Your purchase of this app helps fund This American Life.

What's New in Version 2.40.6

* Minor bug fixes

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Customer Reviews

Great, misunderstood

I love this app and use it everyday! i started listening to the radio program well after it began, but i have now listened to every story up to date!! In response to the complaints about not getting up to date episodes, new stories are available on the app about a week after they air on the radio. This may seem inconvenient but there are hundreds of great past stories to listen to you won't notice the weeks wait for another.

This American Life

For listeners of the critically acclaimed show this application is a must download. From the app users can access the entire archive which goes back to 1995. As a result users can listen to, download, share or favorite any episodes. With the app users can also access extras giving you more of a inside look and behind the scenes perspective of the production. The design is simple and easy to navigate. Users can also set push notifications so you know whenever a new episode is available. Add This American Life to your life.

Worth every penny.

If you're on the fence about getting this, get it. I have a lot of breaks between tasks where I'm just sitting around waiting and this has made these breaks infinitely more tolerable. I have never had any issues with the product and the interface is acceptable enough. Honestly, knowing what I know now, I would have paid a lot more than what I paid for this, but it was nice I didn't have to.

This American Life
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  • $2.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated: Aug 12, 2013
  • Version: 2.40.6
  • Size: 19.2 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: PRX Inc
Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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