5 THIS AMERICAN LIFE
WHAT IS IT?
No “best podcasts” list could be complete without This American Life. A radio institution, the show has been broadcast on public radio in the United States for more than 20 years and was quick to spot the podcast as a format to massively increase its listener base. It’s a show of stories. Each week there’s a theme, and then stories are told on that theme.
WHY SHOULD I LISTEN?
The stories are almost always fascinating and cast light on topics you may not have thought deeply about before. It’s also very varied, with tales ranging from the tragic to the ridiculous. You may laugh, you may cry – but you’ll always feel something.
There are over 600 episodes archived and dozens of memorable ones. The drama of a car dealership trying to break even, for example, doesn’t sound like great radio, but it had us hooked.
HOW LONG AND HOW OFTEN?
Every week, and they’re always an hour long.