This Little Miggy Stayed Home: Behind the times: This American Life

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Behind the times: This American Life

Once again I'd like to bring your attention to something you probably already know about but has become a recent gem of delight in my life. This American Life. It's a radio program . . . well I guess they also have a TV show now, but it started as a radio show and that continues to be their bread and butter. I've heard about this show for quite some time but never gave it a listen. My friend Broek mentioned it to me in recent times and I thought, "Oh yeah, I've been meaning to listen to that." So after about 2 more months of thinking about it, I finally gave it a listen. I'm hooked. I now get the podcast and anxiously await the newest weekly episode.

For the 12 of you who still don't know what it is, here's the gist. . . (this is taken directly from their website) "There's a theme to each episode and a variety of stories on that theme. It's mostly true stories of everyday people, though not always." I've enjoyed most of the shows I've listened to so far, however not every show or subject is as interesting as the rest. Luckily the first one I listened to was really good. . . intriguing, funny, relateable, etc. Most of them are great, but some don't appeal to me as much as others. (C'mon, I don't even like every Zeppelin song. No Quarter? Lame.) Anyway, you can go to the website and listen to any of their old shows for free (I think their archives go back to 1997) and you can download the current episode for free, but if you want to download an old episode it's gonna cost you. (You can listen for free, but not download for free). They even have a 'favorites' page which is probably a good place to start. Go get your listen on.


  1. A-, you have many wonderful hours of listening ahead of you. Danny has listened to the entire archive. You must search for "Fiasco." Years ago Keith and Grant listened to that episode and were hooked. It is amazing and I would suggest waiting until you and B have some time to listen together. Make sure you have tissues to wipe the tears of joy. SO GREAT! I am so happy for your discovery.

  2. I'm a huge TAL nerd and


    I was just about to mention Fiasco too. Here it is. Don't read the description, just listen.

  3. I heart this radio show. It has helped me through cross country trips, bad days, and simple appreciateions of life. Have fun with it!

  4. Anonymous12:42 PM

    I'm one of the 12 people who hasn't heard of it...and now you have me curious. I guess I'll have to listen to it when that happens, I'll let you know how I like it!

  5. One year I was totally bummed when they changed church meeting times because the new schedule conflicted with "This American Life." Look for the broadcast that talks about a production of Hamlet with prisoners as the actors. Very compelling stuff.