This American Life

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'The first week was mayhem' – how This American Life revolutionised radio
It has spawned hit spinoffs, bagged a Pulitzer and its evocative, character-led reports now have 5 million fans. Has This American Life grown too big? As the show turns 25, founder Ira Glass reveals what keeps him up at night

Sam Wolfson

10, Dec, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Colson Whitehead and This American Life among Pulitzer 2020 winners
Author wins fiction prize for The Nickel Boys while the first ever prize for audio reporting goes to an episode of the hit podcast

Benjamin Lee in New York

04, May, 2020 @8:00 PM

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Ed Gamble, Britain's most unlikely metalhead – podcasts of the week
The polite comedian unleashes his passion for ‘the devils tunes’. Plus: absorbing tales in This American Life

Hannah J Davies, Hannah Verdier and Danielle Stephens

20, Mar, 2020 @6:00 AM

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The week in radio and podcasts: once heard, never forgotten
From This American Life to Griefcast, our critic picks her favourite individual programmes that might stop you in your tracks

Miranda Sawyer

07, Apr, 2019 @6:00 AM

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The week in radio and podcasts: This American Life; The Inquiry
#MeToo brings epiphany for five women in a subtle podcast, while the BBC puts our plastics problem under scrutiny

Miranda Sawyer

11, Mar, 2018 @7:00 AM

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Best podcasts of 2017 part 1: from the buzziest to politics and brain food
Our experts pick the year’s best listening

Miranda Sawyer , Hannah Verdier , Simon Usborne , David Shariatmadari and Stuart Dredge

29, Oct, 2017 @1:00 PM

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S-Town never justifies its voyeurism, and that makes it morally indefensible | Gay Alcorn
John B McLemore’s agonies are laid out for our entertainment, with scant reflection by the podcast’s reporter as to the ethics of what he’s doing. Journalism requires a purpose beyond telling a ‘good’ story

Gay Alcorn

22, Apr, 2017 @2:44 AM

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Brian Reed, maker of S-Town: ‘People’s minds go to paranoid places very easily’
The US broadcaster on the inspirations behind his compelling new podcast, S-Town – and the extraordinary man at its centre

Interview by Miranda Sawyer

09, Apr, 2017 @7:59 AM

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S-Town review – it’s hard to recall a more touching, devastating podcast
The latest project from Serial and This American Life was announced as a true crime whodunnit. But the truth is far greater, richer and more life-affirming

Rebecca Nicholson

03, Apr, 2017 @2:02 PM

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Bittersweet home Alabama: S-Town, the next podcast from the makers of Serial
What started as a rambling email turned into a real-life drama full of murder, grief and antique clocks. The producers of This American Life and Serial, Brian Reed and Julie Snyder, explain their latest long-form audio adventure

Melissa Locker

28, Mar, 2017 @11:03 AM

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This American Life follows Tavi Gevinson's lead and asks a grownup
Ira Glass’s legendary podcast borrows some of Rookie magazine’s guests – including Run the Jewels – to give ‘grown up’ advice to teenagers

Hannah Verdier

23, Mar, 2017 @4:18 PM

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Alabama murder mystery could be the new Serial
S-Town is the latest real-life podcast by the This American Life team

Edward Helmore

19, Mar, 2017 @12:05 AM

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