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This American Life

By Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

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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

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.

Unlimited American Life??? Heck Yeah!!

This app has made commuting almost enjoyable. I've had no problems with it in the year I've been using it.
What's not to like?
These stories of real people strike a chord deep within - because the stories are not just about those particular people, they are stories of us, as a culture, as a country, and we are allowed to think about things that sometimes we might rather avoid. Somehow, "This American Life" delivers a poignant story of the various people of America without shoving it in your face. They do not flinch from the difficult stuff. They strive to understand how these events came to pass and how we are now affected by them.
All of this, plus Ira Glass makes one feel involved and important to our story as a country and as a people.
I think it is a definite steal!

I LOVE This American Life, but...

The app, which costs money, is extremely buggy and needs a lot of work. For instance, you can only have 5 shows downloaded at a time, which is reasonable, but I currently have 5 shows downloaded and when I try to delete them after listening to them it tells me that I can only have 5 shows downloaded at once and that I would need to remove one to download others. This, of course, is a problem because I can't actually delete any of my already downloaded podcasts. Another issue is that not a single podcast will show up on the "All Shows" tab. Those two things are apart of many problems with this app. The show is magnificent and I listen every week and a lot of the time go back and listen to old shows again. I am just sad that the app does not work very well and I hope that it is fixed soon so my listening can continue.

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: 10.3 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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