This American Life

Reviews For This American Life

This American life was a darling quirky gem of a show, but it seems the podcast format has blacked its willing heart. What once was a sweet and charming show is now a suspicious curmudgeon. In these time, yes, I want to stay informed but I would love to have a reprieve from the news in this podcast. The show is still tastefully edited, beautifully produced, and lovingly narrated, but it’s far too dark for me. I’m not saying deny that bad things are happening, I just want to see people that persevere and carry on with their own American Life in surprising ways and absurd ways.
Suddenly, TAL is all about investigating our nation's saddest stories: crappy schools, school shootings (and preparedness for them), missing or murdered children, Trump, etc. It's just the news times 10 and who needs more depressing information in their life? No thanks. I CANNOT even LISTEN to new episodes anymore! In the past, I listened to every episode at least 3 times; I've actually counted the minutes on Sunday evenings until I can download the newest episode; I have loved, Loved, LOVED this show....until 2018. Ira, please revive your soulful show that feeds the feeling of connectedness amongst all Americans. I miss it so much!
This American life is the only podcast I cant live without. Well thought out and executed with pros at the wheel. It has me confusing my neighbors as the stories are often so moving, I can be seen crying while walking my dog. Please never stop making this podcast.
A couple mins into Zoe’s profile of Jeff Flake at the time of the Kavanaugh vote, it sounds like she thinks protestors are immature whiners who don’t understand how real government works. Is that how she preserves access, by acting like both sides are equally to blame , and only if we could all be a little more civil, things wouldn’t be so jacked? Pathetic.
REALLY wish there was a new episode every day. Great sharing of life situations!
I've been a big fan of this show for years, glad to have it as a podcast.
I really like this Podcast, especially Ira Glass, and enjoy the in depth reporting, but dang I can’t handle Zoe Chace’s accent. I try to fast forward through it, but it’s just too grating with earbuds.
This used to be one of the very best podcasts but for the last two years they’ve been as biased as MSNBC.
You’ll be hooked almost immediately. Outstanding show.
dear ira glass, can you please add the full archive to apple podcasts? it would be greatly appreciated! regards, ben
Such a great show and I have been a fine since the beginning Do have to be showered with politics here also? More about superheros, the devil on my shoulder and octogenarian kleptomaniacs. I am sure we don’t have the same political beliefs, but share many of the same values, interests, and sensibilities. Please, some shelter from the storm.
The Runaways is so revelen for today. How immigrants are being mistreated and discriminated against. This story should be on 60 minutes. It needs some national attention! I will be listening to all the stories you put out. Interesting it’s called “This AMERICAN Life” Are you listening MAGA supporters!
This used to be my favorite podcast. It featured all kinds of interesting stories about people’s lives that you’d never hear anywhere else. Lately it’s mostly politics and current events. I’m basically aligned with the political leanings of the show, but if I want to hear about politics (which I generally don’t), there are other podcasts for that.
I don’t know how the put together such wonderful stories week after week. Such stellar reporting and storytelling.
I have been listening to this American life for years. I have listened to a majority of the episodes. I love the show. It is absolutely addicting. However, the episodes in more recent history have taken very on political topics. The show was never like this before. There are plenty of shows out there that cover polarizing topics. I wish the show would focus on stories like they did in the past.
Seems to me now they try to incorporate President Trump bashing when ever possible. I love the stories of the people but why must everyone politicize everything?
Please don’t dignify Jeff Flake’s cowardice with this constant attention. Please. I put up with one episode of his nonsense, but again? After pretending to have a conscience about Kavanaugh? Stop. You’re being played.
This podcast takes a theme or story and dives deep into it providing one hour of journalistic excellence worth anyone’s time. You won’t regret.
If you keep featuring Donald Trump on your show, you will lose a loyal listener. I listen to podcasts to get away from that crap.
SPoiLer
Instead of having reruns ALL THE TIME, why not make more previous episodes available?
Charming, lovely, just great
I tried to listen to your latest liberal rant, but just couldn’t get past the first few minutes. Why not focus on the plight of actual U. S. citizens rather than those who have chosen to break our laws, even before their arrival into our country? If an American citizen broke a law and was arrested, he/she would likely be detained. If they had children with them, they would be separated from them at this point. What is so difficult to understand about this? You are demanding “rights” for these illegal immigrants above and beyond those given to our citizens. By the way, this was taking place during the Obama years, too, and yet nothing was said about it then. Now however, you are demanding that our laws be broken to accommodate these illegal immigrants. There are literally millions of Americans in prisons and jails that are separated from their children, some forever. This happens every day. There are millions more children in foster homes and children with parents in the military, some of whom will never see their parents again. Millions. Yet, liberals focus on a comparatively small group of kids at the border, who are temporarily separated from their parents. Parents who (with the exception of the the minority fleeing war torn countries) have chosen to illegally enter another country. Get over your constant whining simply because Hillary lost the election. Half the nation despised Obama, but accepted that he was our president. Perhaps you should focus on changing laws, instead of rallying behind those who break them. Better yet, accept that this country is made up of people with differing opinions and election outcomes can’t always be what you want.
Now it’s an extension of the news. It has turned political this past year. I used to listen to them because I could fall deep into their stories without worrying about current events, but now it’s mostly about police brutality, border patrol, or corruption in government. I miss the old stories!!

5/5

Fantastic educational story telling.
Love most episodes! But some are ads for other programs and hate that. Stick to the primary theme!
I am using my apple podcast app to play this American life. Is there a reason that only the 5 most recent are available? Otherwise, this app would get 5! Love this American life. Please fix this!
I have loved TAL for many years. I look forward to the podcast every week. It’s moving, and thought provoking and entertaining. This past year, the podcast has become overly political. I enjoy learning about our country but I am so tired of the contest complaining about the president.
Absolutely great contents. I love how they’ve brought attention to stories that would usually go unseen. More people should be listening to these podcast. Even the random superhero episodes are interesting. Great podcast, definitely worth the 5 stars!

1/5

Way to one sided and “cry baby”-ish.
I’ve listened to years of TAL and it used to be so good, relatable and bring people together and would be a great topic of conversation. Now everything is completely one sided with a huge liberal agenda. It’s so disappointing that people can’t leave their opinions out of a great podcast. Don’t fall for their bs. I hope they eventually go back to their older stories.
I hate having to listen to subtle and not so subtle racism. “How I got into college” is particularly racist.

1/5

By magafae
I do not want to hear how Our President is the first to stop illegals from coming to America. This podcast app is good keep POLITICS out please!!!
The bias ruins it completely. The regressive bits are impossible to miss. Unlike communists, I appreciate difference of opinion, but it’s hard to sit through constant mindless regressive drivel. Wake me up when they start taking things from the other side of the aisle into consideration and do some stories about things like, oh I don’t know, the threat of radical Islam on the world? How we MAYBE need to cut the politically correct stuff out because everyone is looking the other way while Antifa beats people over the head with bike locks? How radical Islam is well on it way to achieving its caliphate through DUPING ignorant SJWs? How there’s a slowly forming communist uprising and how people don’t understand the threat of hard socialism and how it ALWAYS FAILS to the tune of millions of deaths? Maybe look at Venezuela...? Oh no wait, narratives and all that. Never mind. I’ll settle for being informed when pigs fly. Or when they change their name to This Bourgeois Moralistic Inquisitor Life.
One of my favorite shows UNTIL! Trump won in 2016. Now, I know if I’m not aligned with Ira glass and the “the gang” with their factless feeling based ideas then I must be a nazi! If I’m not with the “resistance” as they call it I must be against them. To clarify I’m a libertarian with conservative leaning ideas. They literally blow my mind with their cherry picking context that is incorrect. Example: with trumps policy’s on protecting the border. In their latest show they actually state as fact that it is so unfair that if someone is caught 2-3 times illegally crossing the Border that they may lose all future chances to get a green card plus be deported.. great!!!! ITS CALLED ILLEGAL!!! Dangle children and pregnant women in front of us never mentioning the actual more cases of violet crimes committed. If we were to Achieve this utopia they speak Of it would be a total disaster. Facts mean nothing to “their truth”.
It hasn’t been around for more than 600 shows for nothing.
Used to be a nice set of stories each week with some humor and about American Life. Since 2016 it has become a depressing gloomy set of stories. I’ve sadly stopped listening. Too bad
Regarding “Let me count the ways”, how about a fair accounting of the ramifications of unchecked illegal immigration on our nation...and her citizens? While you’re at it, look at what has happened in other countries and how the lack of leadership, as previously in our own country, has been a contributing factor. This President has the will of at least half the American people on this very important matter and is doing very good, and difficult work to stabilize the situation. This is no issue for the small-minded political ax-grinder with no firsthand experience of the consequences of illegal, as opposed to legal, immigration on a nation. This American Life has garnered a trusted stance on lofty issues with your past coverage. Why toss that to the wind with lopsided, myopic views not worthy of your otherwise worthy reporting? Shameful.
I mean come on, Ira is good but two or more of the same style of voices is just too niche and I feel isolates the show from many Americans. Great show but it's starting to feel homogeneous. Sam
Fills the cockles of my heart with joy

5/5

Simply amazing... Only one issue.. Why are most of the episodes not available unless you go to the website — which is a terrible podcast experience.
I've been listening to this american life for about 4 years. I absolutely love it. Love the people on it and the stories!! You guys are so great. I am now a full blown podcaster thanks to this show. I always check out any podcast that are suggested. Now i love snap judgement, risk, radio diaries, the moth, SERIAL and so many more!! 9/17/18 I take it all back. When did the podcast become so political. I do not enjoy it at all. I miss the way it used to be. I rarely listen anymore. Very frustrating and annoying. I hate politics. Thanks for ruining an awesome podcast.
This show is a master class in empathy and compassion. Our country needs this so badly now.
Check out the old podcasts - it used to be good
I look forward to each new story and the amazing story telling. I’m blown away at how you can pull me in with each “act” that makes me crave more. Feather Heist was my favorite. Sad that you take them Down so quickly though, I bought the App which is well worth it but I can’t share old episodes to get people hooked like me. Wanted to share Feather Heist with people and can’t. Maybe you could put that one back up
I miss the topics from the 90s and 2000s, like the one where two guys try to run down antelope to see if it can be done. Those shows really explore ideas we know nothing about. The recent shows seem to focus on the internal thoughts of an individual, and are less compelling to me. Still one of the best podcasts ever.
I’ve been an avid listener to this show for years. Personally, I think it contains some of the greatest journalism ever done— in many ways, the producers have invented the genre. That’s why I’ve been so confused and frustrated over the last several years as to why they have continued to ride on the laurels of their earlier work just as the podcast format has exploded. Ira, I know you’re no spring chicken...you’ve been candid about your own divorce, and I’m sure there are myriad unseen factors, but you guys have some of the best talent in radio! Many of your producers have moved on to generate their own original content while your program continues to scour the archives week after week— even the sound bites between stories are the same recycled bits of music that have been used over and over throughout. I understand this is public radio and primarily listener-funded, and I don’t expect you to go all Snap Judgement on us, but for crying out loud: get some new beats! It seems like a travesty that, while you guys are limping along in a format you created, a format that blurred the lines and defied all the rules of traditional journalism in favor of the kind of story-telling and personal narrative that means something to those who hear it, everybody else who’s co-opted your style is running.
I'm a sucker for good stories. This show is full of them.
I love this podcast. It’s definitely in my top three favorite. How can I listen to the very first episodes? I have a few oldies I’d like to go back and listen to.