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.

What’s New

Version 4.3.2

Thanks to user feedback, this update includes basic CarPlay integration. It also has some minor bug fixes. Email us at with any feedback or feature requests.

Ratings and Reviews

4.2 out of 5
97 Ratings

97 Ratings

petrichoir4 ,

Love the show

The app really needs a couple of weeks/ months more work put into it though. Not optimised for iphone6, annoying bugs stoping playback, unresponsive and unreliable. Why not ask the users to chip in a few dollars each to get the devs back in to tighten the screws? I would pay the purchase price again to have this work as expected.

TheBigSalad ,

Rubbish app

This review is not a reflection of the podcast (which is amazing, obviously). My biggest peeve is that if I’m halfway through a podcast, pause, and come back later, it ALWAYS starts that episode from the beginning again. It’s generally glitchy, and I have to use the buttons inside the app to play/pause (it won’t link to the control on my phone home screen) and doesn’t let me send the audio from the app to other speakers. The heard/unheard function is a good idea, but it doesn’t switch automatically once an episode has been listened to. I’ve got my entire ‘heard’ history inside this app since I’ve been back-listening to old episodes for years now and really don’t want to switch to another app for this reason, but gosh it is so frustrating dealing with this app’s quirks. Wonderful podcast, awful app. I really hope this can be fixed soon 💛

Stjago ,

A class of its own

I have tried other podcasts, but I can't find one that does story telling half as well as This American Life. I have listened to so many episodes it's hard to find new ones to listen to, and the voices of the various regular contributors have become so familiar, it's like listening to friends in conversation. And I love the fact that you never know what you'll hear next, even though you know the theme. It's inventive, original, entertaining, interesting, accessible, esoteric, ambitious and worthwhile. I just wish they could afford to release more new content, more often...


This American Life LLC
23.6 MB

Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.



Age Rating
Rated 9+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Mature/Suggestive Themes
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