This American Life: Ways to Listen

One of the most popular NPR News programs is This American Life. The show is an hour-long weekly radio show that features a wide variety of stories and subject matters. It often includes engaging short fiction, interviews, essays, memoirs, found footage, and field recordings. Each week, the This American Life team, led by host Ira Glass, selects a subject matter and compile a variety of compelling journalistic narratives on that topic.

There are many ways to enjoy and listen to This American Life episodes – on podcast apps, on the website, or on the radio.

Podcast Apps

Subscribe to This American Life to acquire the most recent show each week. The latest shows are accessible to download or stream for a period of ten weeks by way of podcast apps including but not limited to: the Apple Podcasts App, the Google Podcasts App, the Radio Public App, the This American Life App, the NPR One App, the Pandora App.

The official app for This American Life provides easy access to the complete listing of aired episodes. It is available to use though iOS as well as Android devices. The episodes are available to download without, restricting the amount, so you can listen to them at your convenience whether you are connected to wifi or not. Another great feature of the NPR app is that you can bookmark specific shows to consume at a future date. It also allows you to mark your headway through the archive by notating episodes as previously listened to.

This American Life has created over six hundred shows covering an expanse of topics. Due to this fact, the This American Life app features search and filter options to help you discover narratives by year, contributor, and subject matter. The developers of the official This American Life app, at Black Pixel, are committed to always updating and improving the app and welcome feedback.

If you want to find and download specific episodes through other modes, you can purchase them from iTunes and Amazon MP3.


Just go to the NPR website ( or the This American Life website ( to find the complete archive of over six hundred episodes readily available to stream or download.


This American Life is broadcast on over five hundred radio stations throughout the United States and reaching over two million people. The main radio stations that air the show are NPR member stations. This American Life is predominately broadcast over the weekend at various times, depending on the station. The program is also broadcast internationally in Canada on CBC Radio, in Australia on Radio National, as well as on stations in Germany and Ireland.

NPR has a station finder link to help you locate your local NPR member radio station: (

Recommended This American Life Episodes

  • 360: Switched at Birth (originally aired: July 25, 2008)
  • 528: The Radio Drama Episode (originally aired: June 20, 2014)
  • 188: Prom (originally aired: June 8, 2001)
  • 570: The Night in Question (originally aired: October 16, 2015)
  • 339: Break-Up (originally aired: August 24, 2007)
  • 598: My Undesirable Talent (originally aired: October 7, 2016)
  • 203: Recordings for Someone (originally aired: January 11, 2002)

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