5 THIS AMER­I­CAN LIFE

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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.

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