With artfully crafted, intriguing human interest stories, This American Life is what I reference when I want to explain what good radio/good podcasting is. I started listening when I was 17 and this show has opened my mind to so many different experiences across the country. Sometimes America seems so big that it's hard to wrap your mind around its citizens' lives but TAL lifts the veil every week. The show has great values and great journalists. Even though TAL makes me cry (it can be joyful, moving, and tragic) as much as it makes me laugh, I come back for more every week!!