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This American Life

It hardly seems possible to think about my favorite storytellers and not include This American Life.  Starting out on NPR in the mid 90’s as a radio program…remember when we all just had regular radio 😂🤣😂

Since its beginning, This American Life has gone on to become the godfather of storytelling. If you’re going on a road trip, you wouldn’t think of going without loading up your phone with episodes of This American Life.  Of course you can get them all free on apple’s podcast app or wherever you get your podcasts, or the internet of course.

Now, not just a radio program, This American Life is your storytelling podcast of choice and has spawned numerous other addictive stand alone stories. S-Town and Serial were two of my favorites….you know you’re not alone in your obsession when the barista at Starbucks sees what you’re listening to on your phone and wants to talk about it.

New to This American Life?

“When I’m trying to explain our program  to someone who doesn’t know it, I stammer a bunch of words like ‘entertaining,’ ‘funny,’ ‘surprising plot twists,’ ‘true stories but not boring I swear’ … and then I just give them this list.” — Ira Glass  Read a little more from This American Life

Why I like it

Take me out of my life, take me away from my perspectives.  This is what This American Life does for me. It is the Adult Version of my childhood story time. A road trip wouldn’t be the same without it.  Any time I can change my perspective on something, be entertained by something, learn something. Life’s petty little ups and downs simply disappear when you can listen to a good story.


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