Official app for the public radio program This American Life. The This American Life app gives you access to the show's entire 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 4.0.0

Introducing our new, redesigned app.
* Unlimited downloads
* Track your progress through the archive by marking episodes as heard
* Bookmark episodes to listen to later
* Browse staff recommendations
* Search and filter to find your favorite stories
* Improved stability

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5

1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

Wish I could downgrade!

Also White

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.

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!!!

I look forward to driving two hours each day!


A log in option would be nice. I have hundreds of shows marked as "heard it" on my work phone. I'm being promoted to our corporate office and I'll get a new work phone. This means aaaaaaaaall my history will go away when I delete the app. I also listen on my computer during the day time and it would be nice if the information would sync with my application.

I LOVE the show soooooooo much. You guys have helped me make it through a year of a one hour commute to work. I'm sure that TAL is one of the main reasons I lasted this long with that horrible commute. Now I'll be working from home sometimes and have a shorter commute on other days. I'll have to listen to one show a day verses the two a day I used to look forward to. Thanks so much for making my drive enjoyable. I love you guys!


This American Life LLC
18 MB
Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone X, iPad Air, iPad Air Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 2, iPad mini 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad Air 2, iPad Air 2 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 3 Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad mini 4, iPad mini 4 Wi-Fi + Cellular, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, 9.7-inch iPad Pro, 9.7-inch iPad Pro Wi-Fi + Cellular, iPad (5th generation), iPad Wi-Fi + Cellular (5th generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro (2nd generation), 12.9-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular (2nd generation), 10.5-inch iPad Pro, 10.5-inch iPad Pro Wi‑Fi + Cellular, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
© 2018


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    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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