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.
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  • 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- 25 readers -
  • Facing credibility gap, Upworthy poaches from The New York Times

    …-growing site ever.” But Upworthy found what Facebook gives, it can easily take away. A 2014 tweak to its algorithm, for example, helped the traffic of a number of viral sites, including Upworthy. The site got 16 million unique visitors in November, down 7 percent from its height of 17.9 million monthly unique visitors a year earlier. “Right now…

    Ricardo Bilton/ Digiday- 13 readers -
  • Are Podcasts the Next Big Thing for Sponsored Content?

    … 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 talking…

    Celine Roque/ The Content Strategistin Content- 38 readers -
  • Stand Out, Serve Hard, Sell Soft & Get Traffic (FS085)

    … subscribers if they’re not signing up?” Brian Wampler Wampler Pedals and Chasing Tone Podcast. Using google drive for team-based project management. “What system do you guys use to manage projects?” Resources: Solopreneur Project Management Skills (FS078) The Tools, Books, Systems and Resources That Helped Us Most (FS020…

    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- 9 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 Glass was an intern at NPR, and a terrible writer.

    Demian Farnworth/ Copyblogger- 18 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- 4 readers -
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