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 3.0.7
Improves app stability, playback reliability, episode search, performance monitoring.
Some terrible bugs, but not insurmountable
The bad news: Offline listening appears to be easy to break. I’m not sure what governs it yet, but I also got in a state where they wouldn’t play, and I couldn’t delete them. I was traveling overseas, so this made for an extraordinarily frustrating plane ride. Really need to catch whatever check isn’t working here, so the next update fixes this.
The good news: It’s mostly solvable. Just uninstall the app and reinstall, you’ll be out of the infinite loop. I haven’t replicated the bug the second time around, so it may have been update-related (i.e. old files sticking around, violating some newer convention).
Why I’m writing: Some of these negative reviews seem to misunderstand the app, or be mistaking unintuitive UI for a lack of features. Common complaints:
1) Descriptions get cut off: No, the “Read more” text is just not showing. Tap on any description. A window will pop up showing you the full one.
2) Only get the last five episodes: No, you just aren’t getting the others presented to you in the home screen. Search and categories will show you everything. Today I listened to four episodes from varying years with no issue.
3) No way to rewind / navigate: Tap the top right red icon while the episode is playing. You’ll get a screen that’s remarkably similar to any other podcast app, complete with a “jump 10 seconds in the past” button. It’s fine. It works.
I love the show, but the app is buggy
I have been listening to this show avidly for several years, and while I love the app and how you can listen to all the past shows, recently it has been crashing a lot. When I did the iOS 8 update, it seemed to crash slightly less, but still it's crashing. It also wouldn't let me listen to several episodes for a while. I 100% recommended this app because there's nothing like this show out there, but I wish they could get the bugs out of the app. The old version was less buggy and seemed to have an easier interface, and sometimes I just wish they would revert back. Still, having access to all the past episodes makes listening to TAL on the show-specific app better than on something like Stitcher, which only lets you access the most recent programs.
Current version buggy and ineffective
I adore TAL, however, I find the bugs in the app disappointing and frustrating. The app updates have caused more problems than they have solved. I purchased the app years ago and ironically found it much easier to use compared to the "updated versions" now available. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the app hoping to remedy problems such as an inability to see all shows produced. In the past, all shows produced in a year were available for download or to play. It does not function like it used to, and the app will display an error message when I attempt to filter by year. Moreover, every one of the other filters produce zero results, other than the same error message. I would love to be able to search and listen by year. I love TAL and really just want the app to work with ease. It needs a LOT of help.
- Category: Entertainment
- Updated: Jun 24, 2015
- Version: 3.0.7
- Size: 10.3 MB
- Language: English
- Seller: PRX Inc
- © 2015
Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.