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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 3.0.6

Bug fixes.


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Customer Reviews

Most Problems Solved! (Updated Review)

Finally basic functionality is restored! Thanks much to anyone involved in fixing it. Seriously. I've removed negative comments directed to PRX for this updated review:

I've been a fan of TAL from age 14 to 28. That's half my life. My first girlfriend and later first breakup were bookended by episodes of TAL. Back then if you wanted to listen to an older show you had to buy it. Or tune in live. I remember taking long drives by myself on Friday nights just to hear the latest episode on the radio. In college I would buy episodes on Audible, burn them one at a time onto CDs and listen all the way home (8 hrs). I really miss those days. What I'm saying is that I've literally grown up listening to Ira. I feel like I know him personally, as weird as that is to say. I am happy technology has advanced to the point where someone in high school or college today could do the same as me without much effort. I love TAL. I think the world is so much better with them than without.

Ira Glass is the Jewish Hugh Grant

If I was a P.O.W. eating rations of food and fearful for my life, one of the top 5 luxuries from home I would be missing is This American Life. The stories, the research, the humor, the ability to make the most mundane of visits to get a newspaper in Paris an EXPERIENCE to remember, the profound ways in which I relate to people of 1,000's of different walks of life because of This American Life, the way in which I pause a lot longer to talk to strangers -that IS This American Life. It's like a passport to another persons world. A First Class pass that makes the listener feel like the story was written just for them to make friends with a pig farmer in the Midwest. I guarantee that there is more peace in the world because of This American Life. Not to mention, Ira is the Jewish Hugh Grant! Get on the big screen Ira and let us swoon! #BrainsAreSexyTime

One star for content

This paid app, unfortunately, does not deliver what it advertises. The content is, indeed, as addictive as it's billed but the app system is truly terrible. It crashes constantly. Once you download an episode, you are unable to play it so you have to delete and stream it over LTE if you are away from wifi. This destroys the purpose of why I bought it. I can't listen in the car or a waiting room without it killing my data. Reading reviews, it seems like this is an ongoing problem that they refuse to fix. I would give five stars if it worked even half of the time, but sadly the reviews below citing 90% fail rates are accurate.

Update: app was fixed and worked great for months. New iOS update and now it won't play episodes or allow me to delete my offline downloads. So annoying.

This American Life
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $2.99
  • Category: Entertainment
  • Updated:
  • Version: 3.0.6
  • Size: 10.2 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. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

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