This American Life is a weekly public radio show broadcast on more than 500 stations to about 2.2 million listeners. It is 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. It is also often the most popular podcast in the country, with another 2 million people downloading each episode.
From 2006-2008, we produced a television version of This American Life on the Showtime network, which won three Emmys. We also co-created, with NPR News, the economics podcast and blog Planet Money. A half dozen stories from the radio show are being developed into films. In 2014, we launched our first spinoff show, Serial, a podcast hosted by Sarah Koenig.
There's a theme to each episode of This American Life, and a variety of stories on that theme. Most of the stories are journalism, with an occasional comedy routine or essay. There's lots more to the show, but it's sort of hard to describe. Probably the best way to understand the show is to start at our favorites page, though we do have longer guides to our radio show and our TV show. If you want to dive into the hundreds of episodes we've done over the years, there's an archive of all our old radio shows and listings for all our TV episodes, too.
There are several ways to get the show:
- Stream radio episodes for free from the archive
- Listen on the radio
- Subscribe to the free weekly podcast
- Listen on Pandora
- Download the most recent episode a la carte, free, from the homepage
- Download old episodes for $0.99 on iTunes or Amazon MP3
- Stream episodes through our apps for iPhone, Android or iPad
- Listen to our 24 hour live stream.
- Purchase audio collections on CD or flash drive
- Purchase DVDs of our TV seasons
- Download TV Season One or Season Two on iTunes
You can also read about shows we're doing on the road, about our staff, about how to submit a story idea, about how to learn to make radio, about our fellowship program or about press coverage, check answers to frequently asked questions, follow us on Facebook or Twitter, and listen to our spinoff show Serial.