This American Life is a weekly public radio show, heard by 2.2 million people on more than 500 stations. Another 2.5 million people download the weekly podcast. It is hosted by Ira Glass, produced in collaboration with Chicago Public Media, delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards.

This American Life is hosted by: Ira Glass
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Jdub985
Aug 6
Rating:   10
NICE WHITE PARENTS OMG!!!

I never rate and review podcasts. But this is so RAW and like I dunno great at looking at American Life at the roots and how we misunderstand each other from our own perspectives WOW. Just WOW.

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ErinSandsmark
Aug 5
Rating:   10
Nice White Parents - AMAZING

Thank you for this episode and I’m excited to listen to the others. I am a teacher and a white woman and this seems spot on. I live in another city that is hugely segregated in its schools, and I can see first hand how white families with wealth have created this reality for current children in the public school system.

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Diablojodie
Aug 5
Rating:   10
Excellent

One of my favorite listens. I always look fwd. to new episodes.

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Nati Pea
Aug 5
Rating:   10
Thank you

Just finished listening to “Remind in Mexico” episode and all I can say is that you. It physically hurts to listen, to know what is happening but without you I wouldn’t have known. Thank you so much for this story. .

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mikefromNNJ
Aug 5
Rating:   2
Divisive

I consider myself a very liberal person. I support BLM and am against any kind of discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation or whatever. Lately, it seems that it’s acceptable to disparage “white people” simply for being white. It’s okay to call authors, playwrights or the framers of the US Constitution “old white guys.” Perfectly acceptable to disparage “white parents.” Discrimination based on race - ANY RACE - is wrong! Don’t compound the wrongs of past racism against people of color by supporting this new, apparently politically correct form of racism. Two wrongs don’t make a right.

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Sephz123
Aug 4
Rating:   2
TAL has fallen FAR

TAL used to be the best of the he best in spoken word audio. It was THE original podcast in my mind. Now it’s just 1 of the 1000s & 1000s of leftist shows. They had something original and unique that people tuned in for, then they just pivot on a dime and use their platform like a bait and switch to push their woke agenda.It begs the question if all these household name podcasts are being taken over by Social justice warrior staffers? We know the woke staffers at Washington post / Ny times hold their editors hostage (not literally of course, held hostage by threat of cancel culture) is that what has happened here too?

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mticas01
Aug 4
Rating:   10
Stay woke, truth hurts

I have heard some of these podcasts in the last few weeks. The racial exposure is the best thing. Possibly foreign to some or most listeners because you will not understand that ever and be glad you don't but you should know. Knowledge is power even if it makes you uncomfortable. And as one reviewer mentioned that there is a hate towards America in these podcasts, i don't think thats the case, its just the truth and sometimes truth hurts, don't it? Im just glad that these things are being brought to the light, about time. From a salvadoreña from south central Los Angeles.

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Kristina Natale
Aug 4
Rating:   10
Risking taking part in the conversation

I guess I’m not surprised that the series Nice, White Parents is so controversial. As a white person who unintentionally has made her share of racially insensitive comments/suggestions, I always go back to the first thing I learned in systematic theology in seminary: “When people from the dominant culture want to be involved in anti-racist, liberation movements, they must close their mouths and GET BEHIND the leadership of the oppressed; otherwise, they are perpetuating the pattern of dominance. The voices of the oppressed MUST set the agenda; other allies MUST be the listeners, supporters and followers.”I haven’t yet read the book White Fragility, which apparently some Black reviewers have called into question. But I think the title captures perfectly this moment in history. White people, we need to get over ourselves; first listen and learn. The conversation must begin with us in the back seat. That’s why I love this bold new series from This American Life. (Kudos to Ima, Maurice, Susan, and even Rob, who I hope will welcome his role in this vital learning curve, and others. Great reporting! Can’t wait to hear episode 2.)P.S. By no means do I hate my country or think supporting BLM and being patriotic are mutually exclusive - that’s a tired argument. I love that we can wade carefully into delicate and difficult conversations in this country, be self-reflective, criticize our leaders and not shy away from that other “national deficit” of late: critical thinking.

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Coolin9796
Aug 4
Rating:   2
Racist garbage

I remember when gross generalizations of a group of people based on the color of their skin was racist. Apparently now it’s “anti-racist” and “woke.” This kind of semantic overload looks like the beginning of an Orwellian dystopia. Good luck world.

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Applecatcher
Aug 4
Rating:   10
Stories that change your perspective

I don’t connect with every episode, but the ones that I do connect with, stick with me for a long time

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terracottawarriorprincess
Aug 3
Rating:   10
Informative and entertaining

Always a good listen. Liberal leaning but unbiased. I always learn something new.

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aylorbay
Jul 28
Rating:   10
MY FAVE EVER... but pretty plz put *original* air dates on the repeat episodes? :)

This American Life is the beginning of my podcast obsession, back in 2010, or well- before! Because I listened to the radio segment before I knew the term podcast. Anyway... that means I have listened to every single episode- I’m not even exaggerating. However, I have a terrible memory so I typically don’t realize I have heard and actually DO remember the repeat-episodes until about 20mins in, haha. Occasionally Ira will establish that it’s a repeat in the intro, but not always. Would it be so hard to also provide the original air date of the old episodes in the info when posting the show? As your truly biggest fan, who is apparently aging quicker than I planned... I would super appreciate the heads up. :-) I’m just not typically a re-listener; so many podcasts, so little time. Thanks so much for producing so many years of happiness that it’s a problem, haha!

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Trulysatisfied804336
Jul 28
Rating:   2
Pitching old episodes as new- don’t be fooled!

They haven’t posted new content in almost over a year. They haven’t even acknowledged it. With all the new podcasts producing new, quality content it seems lazy and shockingly stupid for TAL to keep delving out reruns.

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T-Murda034
Jul 28
Rating:   6
Good show, a little too woke

I love the stories on this show it’s a great program overall, but after listening for a few years now I really wonder if anyone on staff loves this country. It seems like every single episode I hear someone who has a negative view of the the USA. I’m getting really tired of it and find myself tuning out for a while. If I get the sense that a show is going to go in a political direction I’ll turn it off right away, because I know it’s never an “honest conversation”

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I miss Gregor
Jul 22
Rating:   2
Why why why can’t media be fair anymore?

I used to love this show. But now the show and NPR in general is far too liberal. I’m not a righty; I just want to know both sides of the story.

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Rosa bug
Jul 20
Rating:   8
Please stop the vocal fry.

As above. Perhaps I’m over sensitive but on podcasts the quality of voice is crucial. On this podcast and also The Moth I have noticed an increase in female (younger?) presenters. Okay, maybe needed, but many are just not up to it. I think it’s harder to find a quality female voice. I listen to a lot of podcasts. And that, sadly, is my conclusion. Worse - a hint of lazy vocal ‘fry’ and I’m done. Btw. I’m female.

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Cheri Col.
Jul 16
Rating:   8
Here, Again Episode

First, I just want to say that I find it interesting the conversation between the white woman with a biracial son and the black officer with biracial twins. Can we talk about how our country as a whole is very open and NOT racist, but in fact, multiracial and multicultural families are a large portion of our society? People aren’t filled with as much hate as the media would like to portray.Second, it’s a far stretch to call the protest of Bentonville, AR a “peaceful protest” where police used brutality for no reason. I am from the area and watched most of the protest. The city of Bentonville released statements saying they were embarrassed of the behavior of the “protestors” and many people in Bentonville claimed those protestors weren’t even from the area. “Peaceful” protestors could be seen spitting on officers and throwing water bottles and LIT firecrackers at the officers. If you want to discuss peaceful protests of this area, you can look into the one in Fayetteville, AR. Note: an actual peaceful protest resulted in no police using force.I love the podcast and learn a lot from it, so thank you!

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Kat aka themondayclub
Jul 15
Rating:   10
Cars

One of my favourites remember it the first time round was really good to hear how the show room is getting on now at the end of the pod

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SafeSkydiver
Jul 14
Rating:   4
Too Liberal

I used to like it more but it got waaaayyyy too liberal

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Cousin Cliff
Jul 14
Rating:   10
Ira Glass

I wish Ira Glass was my dad

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