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.
The applications This American Life was published
in the category Entertainment on 2010-02-01 and
was developed by This American Life.
The file size is 22.46 MB.
The current version is 4.3.1 and works well on
11.0 and high ios versions.
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 [email protected] with any feedback or feature requests.
Does anyone have recommendations for amazing episodes? I’m new to this app and I’m finding that I can also get it for free on the Podcast app on the iPhone. Anyways, not their fault, just wish I would have known to at least try it out before purchasing the whole app as I’m not a big fan right now.
The app works great. It saves where I stopped and works with the iPhone headset buttons. It works with my wireless iPhone compatible earbud buttons. It works when I am using another app on the phone. Should have bought this from day one. Much better than the free website version.
#641 “The Walls”. It appears to only episode that won’t play. This is so incredibly frustrating. If I can play any episode, I’d really like to play this episode.
I love TAL and would really enjoy listening to it, but the app simply does not work for me. I click play, nothing happens. I clink download, hoping that might work, nothing happens. I click the episode, it takes me to a page with a blue box and a description, a mention of cookies, but no play button. I would’ve gladly paid $5.99 for an app that works. As it stands, I paid for an app that just sits on my phone doing nothing but taking up space. Also, I really wish they’d bring back the now playing channel. It was fun to have a TAL dedicated radio on my phone. Please fix this app.
Worth the purchase.
I never write reviews but I just can’t take it anymore! I’m a huge fan of TAL... but this app is terrible. No matter how many times I update it, it still never saves my progress in each episode... and now with the latest update, it doesn’t work with Apple Car Play. Now I can’t listen to the podcast while using the Maps. Think I’m going to have to finally delete. Please fix!!
App is working well for me. I wish that I could mark episodes and/or stories as favorites.
Please just post ALL episodes Apple Podcasts like every other podcast so I can share my favorite episodes with people that have never heard of TAL. I can’t do this with the app.
This app is useless! You can’t close the screen and keep the program running. Constantly jumps out of the program and you have to go back and find it, then you have to find out where you left off.
Nice content but definitely needs to be smoothed out
Being a late comer to This American Life, I found it cumbersome to listen to old episodes with the standard podcast apps or browsers. I really love the story telling of this show - it’s unlike any other - and didn’t want to miss out. This app makes it so simple.
Brilliantly told and produced stories. Tech-wise, though, the app often starts playback of its own accord at random times.
Excellent podcasts but app is a waste. Bought it to access archives and listen to older casts but that does not seem to work. 5$ wasted for what I can get in iTunes
My rating is purely for the app as the content is exceptional. I’m let down by the app as it feels very clunky, slow and unresponsive to input. Through the last few episodes I’ve had to force quit the app after pausing as it just locks up.
They have stopped updating this app and it has no podcasts from 2017
So interesting and very well done.
I love you this American life. Now if only you could pass me my water bottle while I'm driving and open the crisps packet I would no longer need a co pilot!
Simply the most wonderful stories to listen to. The hosts take me to new places, they make me think, and fill me with some kind of wonder. Well done to all involved.
I enjoy listening to both current as well as older episodes. An all around entertaining and education podcast!
I have been traveling and downloaded a lot of episodes to listen to on the plane. But when I got on the plane, the downloaded episodes wouldn’t play. I also experienced this problem in other countries where I didn’t have data or WiFi.
The app stops playing when my phone locks. So if I want to listen, I need to continuously unlock my phone, lose battery and be unable to use phone for anything else. Disappointing.
The latest version requires ios11. I'm still running the older version of this app on ios10 and won't be upgrading to ios11 because my phone is an older phone. Recently the content stopped getting new episodes. It would be nice if the older version still works.
I love everything about this app, EXCEPT, that when I download an episode to listen to without wi-fi, I can only listen to the episode while my phone screen is unlocked... It’s bizarre, and if TAL can fix this, the app would be perfect!
What search function?
I love TAL and the stories— not my complaint. This app is buggy. For me, if I have my google maps directions running it will stop the sound anytime it says a direction and then never pick up again unless I manually press play. The ones I am listening to don’t remember me either. Should be able to log in or something so user data is saved. There definitely is room for improvement.
Another annoyance: If you use TAL while using GPS with iPhone Maps, it will stop your TAL episode and not resume! Ugh. I wasn’t crazy about podcast and was hoping the actual app would be better. Back to the podcast. —————— While I love TAL, there are some issues with the app: 1) The upgrade got rid of all my bookmarks. 2) When you bookmark an episode while in that episode it does NOT mark it bookmarked when looking at the list of episodes. So then you bookmark it again, but it then removes it from the bookmarked list. 3) I changed settings so I saw oldest to newest. But it doesn’t change a single thing. It still lists them all newest to oldest.
I like this American life, but this app is terrible. It has wayyyy too many bugs. If you play it without pausing it’s fine, but pause it and good luck playing it again
If you're going to charge for an app at least make one that works! Please fix the bugs!!!
Edit: App has been redesigned and works beautifully now. Do yourself a favor and don't get this app. Episodes past 2014 unavailable. Looks like it has been abandoned. Not sure why TRL would allow themselves to be associated with such a shoddy product.
Love it, interesting and addictive, wish ireland would follow suit and learn from this amazing show!!!
Keeps me entertained on my hour long commute to and from work every day. Always interesting and informing. App works pretty well but could possibly use an update. If I don't listen to an episode all the way through I have to go find it again. Also I have an iPhone 6 Plus so my screen is huge and this app was probably built for an iPhone 3/4 as everything looks massive on it. Isn't always the most user friendly but it works for the most part and at 3 euro I really can't complain.
It's my favourite thing to listen to.
I so wanted this to work but it doesn't play at all. Reviews online and their FB page show that it's not just me, others can't play, download, delete etc. A host of issues.
This American life has turned my commute to and from work into my favourite part of the day. Thanks Ira!
My favourite podcast and the app is great!
One of my favourite purchases, love being able to download shows offline when it works it's amazing when it doesn't it's utterly heartbreaking. The app crashes when you want to download, Harper high part two is in fact part one again. When you delete episodes it reads this instruction of let's download it again and sometimes the app is just plain unresponsive. And now most of the content has disappeared?!? I wouldn't mind but this is a rare time I've actually paid money for an app!
The subject line says it all. I love your show but the app is a disaster. Play button doesn't work most of the time, shuts down randomly and can't download for the most part. Sort it out!
Love the app, it makes it so easy to listen to the back catalogue of episodes and keeps track of what you've already listened to. It also lets you highlight your favourites, useful for sharing with friends.
A show that just keeps on giving. My favourite thing is to listen to an episode on a long car journey.