Official app for the public radio program This American Life, giving you access to the show's full archive.

You can download an unlimited number of episodes for offline listening. You can also bookmark episodes to listen to later, and track your progress through our archive by marking stories as heard.

Browse and download episodes hand-picked by the show's host, Ira Glass, and our staff. Use our new search and filter functions to find your favorite stories by topic, contributor, and year.

This American Life is produced in collaboration with WBEZ Chicago and delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange. This app was developed by Black Pixel.

What’s New

Version 4.3.1

Thanks to user feedback, you can now filter search results by heard and unheard, as well as sort and play all of your downloaded episodes. This update also includes some bug fixes, like episodes not staying marked heard or your playback position not being saved. Email us at with any feedback or feature requests.

Ratings and Reviews

3.7 out of 5
1.8K Ratings
1.8K Ratings
love-zeronolimit ,

Great podcast... terrible app

I never write reviews but I just can’t take it anymore! I’m a huge fan of TAL... but this app is terrible. No matter how many times I update it, it still never saves my progress in each episode... and now with the latest update, it doesn’t work with Apple Car Play. Now I can’t listen to the podcast while using the Maps. Think I’m going to have to finally delete. Please fix!!

Libby.Brown ,

Add favorites option

App is working well for me. I wish that I could mark episodes and/or stories as favorites.

N/A 1234 ,


Please just post ALL episodes Apple Podcasts like every other podcast so I can share my favorite episodes with people that have never heard of TAL. I can’t do this with the app.


This American Life LLC
23.5 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
© 2018


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