This American Life

This American Life (TAL) is an American weekly hour-long radio program produced by WBEZ and hosted by Ira Glass. It has been made available on PRI affiliate stations and is also available as a free weekly podcast. Primarily a journalistic non-fiction program, it has also featured essays, memoirs, field recordings, short fiction, and found footage. The first episode aired on November 17, 1995, under the show's original title, Your Radio Playhouse. The series is distributed by Public Radio International.A television program of the same name ran for two seasons on the Showtime cable network between June 2007 and May 2008.
Posts about This American Life
  • Content Catchup: Badass Brand Newsrooms, the Best Quiz Ever, and More Must-Reads

    Here’s what you missed while worrying that you might get acquired at any moment… 3 Ways You Can Leap the Hurdles of Creating Content at a Finance Company Janet Al-Saad has spent years working on content campaigns for financial institutions, and along the way, she’s learned a few things: I’m afraid I need to point out the elephant in the room: Creating financial content that consumers actually.

    The Content Strategist- 17 readers -
  • Are Podcasts the Next Big Thing for Content Marketing?

    … storytelling medium. As more people get into the podcasting experience through popular programs like “Serial,” “This American Life,” and Bill Simmons’s “B.S. Report,” it’s worth asking the question: Could podcasts be the next big territory for sponsored content? Podcasts Can Deliver Exciting Sponsored Stories—But Few Do It “When you hear a 5by5 host…

    Celine Roque/ Relevancein Content- 27 readers -
  • Facing credibility gap, Upworthy poaches from The New York Times

    …-authored NYT’s innovation report, is also a veteran of public radio’s “This American Life” and gives Upworthy significant editorial clout as it attempts to raise its profile in the eyes of readers — and brands. Many in the journalism world like to turn their noses up at Upworthy, which built a huge audience on the back of you-can’t-help-but-click…

    Ricardo Bilton/ Digiday- 13 readers -
  • Stand Out, Serve Hard, Sell Soft & Get Traffic (FS085)

    …?” Resources: I recommend looking at the sales pages of people who use VHX. You can find a ton of examples on their blog. Some of these examples are remarkably sparse, like this one. Others have a lot going on like this one from Indie Game the Movie. This American Life Live seems to hit a middle road. Sandwich Video is a great place to watch as well. What objections are they overcoming? What words? Gumroad Picks: Films. Gumroad has a bunch of examples to explore as well. …

    Chase Reeves/ Fizzle- 3 readers -
  • The podcast enters a new golden age

    … of the “This American Life” crew, which produces the ambitious podcast, but it’s also indicative of a broader trend: Podcasts are more popular now than ever. Apple, which added a default, non-deletable “Podcasts” app in iOS 8, expects iTunes and iOS users to listen to 7 billion podcasts this year. In September, podcast data research firm RawVoice (which…

    Eric Blattberg/ Digiday- 14 readers -
  • How to Stand Out in a World of Dull Podcasts

    … visibility by publishing the transcript online. And why not do this when audio is relatively cheap to create. How cheap? Jerod Morris and I produce The Lede podcast with a couple of decent microphones through Skype or Google Hangouts. Jerod edits with GarageBand, a free app from Apple. We then publish to iTunes and Stitcher. The cost is in our time…

    Demian Farnworth/ Copybloggerin Social Content How To's- 21 readers -
  • The magazine that’s taking content marketing to the stage

    … McGray, a journalist who has contributed to This American Life, The New Yorker and The New York Times Magazine. The show has featured performances by writers like Michael Pollan, Susan Orlean and Dana Goodyear. Now McGray is bringing that event experience to his new role as the editor of California Sunday. Here’s where things gets even more…

    Lucia Moses/ Digidayin EMail Content Google- 5 readers -
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