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
  • How JetBlue Delivers Amazing Social Customer Service Working From Home

    Passion and Curiosity Laurie Meacham oversees a team of about 90 crew members at JetBlue, including several who are fluent in Spanish, 25 dedicated to social, and the rest dedicated to email and other forms of customer communication. While her team is primarily reactive, they also work closely with the proactive marketing team to ensure that everyone is on the same page for prom ...

    Jay Baer/ Convince and Convert- 16 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- 23 readers -
  • Facing credibility gap, Upworthy poaches from The New York Times

    … awareness about minimum wage. Unilever, Skype and CoverGirl have also worked with Upworthy on campaigns. “These guys are doing things in a way that’s more click-baity than I wish it was, but I like that there’s an underlying purpose for something positive that they’re using the social vector to spread. The world needs something like that,” Kyle…

    Ricardo Bilton/ Digiday- 11 readers -
  • Are Podcasts the Next Big Thing for Sponsored Content?

    …” for Squarespace and a rock opera for MailChimp. This creative approach is typical of the ads played on shows from 5by5, the podcast network that’s home to “Back to Work” and over other 30 podcasts about tech, design, and pop culture. While not all the ads are musical projects, they’re all more innovative than your everyday marketing. In fact, considering…

    Celine Roque/ The Content Strategistin Content- 37 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- 2 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- 4 readers -
  • How to Stand Out in a World of Dull Podcasts

    … Think about this for a moment. Your favorite podcasts. This American Life. WTF with Marc Maron. Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income. Every single one of them started at the bottom. Every single one of them started in obscurity. Every single one of them started without an audience. It’s hard to believe. Over 25 years ago, at age 19, Ira…

    Demian Farnworth/ Copybloggerin Social Content How To's- 14 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- 2 readers -
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