This American Life Mobile Apps

Developed by PRX for iPhone, iPad and Android

Those of you who resolved to listen to more great radio in the new decade are in for a treat. This American Life, the hit public radio show from Chicago Public Radio, has collaborated with PRX to launch an app for the iPhone, iPad, and Android. You'll get unprecedented access to the entire archive of TAL radio shows going back to 1995.

  • Listen to streaming audio of each radio show anytime you want
  • Explore extras like behind-the-scenes video with the show's producers, outtakes from the TV show, interviews between Ira Glass and Terry Gross, and some of Ira's earliest radio productions
  • Get notified when the latest show is about to air, even if you're not in the app
  • Find shows by contributors like David Sedaris, Mike Birbiglia, Sarah Vowell and John Hodgman
  • Browse staff picks and keep your own favorites
  • View trailers and download episodes of the Showtime TV show
  • Save one show at a time for offline listening (iPhone only)
  • Keep track of shows you've heard (iPhone only)
  • Play episodes in the background while you do other stuff on your phone (iPhone iOS 4 and Android only)

iPhone/iPod Touch: Download in the iTunes Store
iPad: Download in the iTunes Store
Android: Search for "This American Life" in the Android Market, or visit this link from your phone:

iPad Features

  • "My Dashboard" section tracks your favorites, bookmarks, and shows you've heard
  • Download THREE episodes at a time for offline listening
  • Extras like a how-to-make-radio comic book, DVD commentaries, photos and more
  • Live Twitter feed
  • Optimized audio playback and scrubbing
  • Get it now!

A Preview of the iPhone & Android App in Six Acts   |   Watch Ira's video tour

All Shows

Find a show you'll like or
dig into the extras

Radio Shows

Listen to any radio episode back to the show's 1995 launch


Learn more about a show, then stream, save, buy, or share it

TV Shows

Watch trailers of the Emmy-winning TV show

Keep your own favorites list and get TAL staff picks, too

Set a reminder for the live weekly broadcast, which you can stream from the app

About This American Life

This American Life is mostly true stories of everyday people, but it's also really hard to describe. Here's what it's not: It's not a news show or a talk show or a call-in show. Instead, it's stories that are like little movies for radio. There are funny moments and emotional moments and moments where the people in the story say interesting, surprising things about it all. It's a public radio show for people who don't necessarily like public radio. It's produced by Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ) and distributed by Public Radio International.

This American Life also produced two seasons of an Emmy-winning TV show on the Showtime network.

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