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This American Life

By Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

This app is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.


Official app for the public radio program This American Life. Includes on-demand access to the show's entire archive of more than 500 episodes. Users can download five shows at a time for offline listening. Plus a 24 hour live stream of episodes, exclusive audio, video and text extras, staff picks, searching by contributor, and more. Show produced by Chicago Public Media. App developed by PRX.

What's New in Version 3.0.8

Bug fixes and stability improvements.


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Customer Reviews

Best show ever!!

I've been reviewing some of the app reviews, & I am baffled on how many people are complaining that the app has 'bugs'.
I haven't noticed any glitches, bugs, or anything of that sort. So, I am not sure if it depends upon the type of phone or devise you're using, but I listen to this app on both; iPhone7+ & my iPad. Both devices play my app w/out any issues, (used on both; WiFi &Data Plan).
So., in short the App is Wonderful, I personally haven't noticed any of the negative things that have been reported
on the app Review.
If you're new to 'THIS AMERICAN LIFE' - & contemplating on whether-or-not you want to spend the $1.99 or $2.99... well don't contemplate ... because I can promise you, you won't regret it!!! This app has been the only reason I have been able to make the loooong drives back & forth to Oregon (from CA). On a monthly basis. I LoVe LoVe LoVe this ApP!! I ❤️ Ira Glass!!!

Wish I could downgrade!

Like everyone else here, I love the show, but I really hate this app. The old version certainly wasn't perfect, but at least it worked! This app used to be the only thing that made my commute bearable...and now it's ruined! It takes forever to respond to commands, like play or pause, forward or rewind. Sometimes it just doesn't respond at all. All the episodes I marked as heard are now no longer marked as such. It's no longer possible to pause your listening, quit the app, and pick up where you left off. I really hope the devs are seeing these reviews! What could have possessed them to release this shoddy upgrade??!!
Apparently TAL can't seem to find someone who knows how to write an app that works. The same head-bangingly frustrating problems exist after purported "bug fixes" in the latest update. But now there's an added bonus! Now some of the episodes won't play at all! You tap "Play," and nothing happens! Same thing when you tap "Download"—nothing, nada, zip! It's just so AWESOME!
I would love to hear Ira address this problem on the show. He owes an apology to his listeners. Except, of course, we'd never be able to hear it unless we caught it on the radio.

This American Life = a gem / app = disappointing

In a nutshell, the show is 100% transformative. Well maybe more like 95%... because once in great while, they go somewhere I don't want to go or occasionally they air a piece of (blech!) fiction. So maybe 5% of the many many years I've been listening is programming I just don't connect with. The rest of the time, I find myself feeling uplifted, others devastated. Sometimes I'm moved, charmed, schooled and, entertained but I've also been shocked and confused, enraged, repulsed and, crippled by episodes of this show. It's truly a gem. The app, though, is nothing to write home or anywhere else about. In fact, it has none of the show's inherent organic variety. Nope. It only makes me mad.

This American Life
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $2.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.0.8
  • Size: 13.7 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 9+ for the following:
  • Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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