This American Life

Planning a road trip and in need of some listening material? AADL’s collection of the radio show This American Life might be the perfect solution. This American Life is a weekly public radio program that is broadcast on over 500 stations with over 1.8 million listeners. It is produced by Chicago Public Media, distributed by Public Radio International and can be heard on National Public Radio stations all over the country. The radio show has a simple format; each show has a theme and people share their stories based on the chosen theme. Stories range from two infant girls accidently switched at birth and what happens when the families finally find out the truth, to people who go to extremes to find and pursue their true love. Hosted by Ira Glass, the show often has guests the likes of David Sedaris and Sarah Vowell who offer delightfully funny stories that have you laughing out loud! In 2008 This American Life was brought to the screen and Season 1 and 2 DVDs can be check out of the AADL collection as well. Whether you choose to listen or watch This American Life, you won’t walk away disappointed with the slice of life stories from people of all walks of life.


i've never heard of this program before. i'll definitely check it out in the near future!

Great idea! This solves the problem of audiobooks with lengths that do not match the length of a trip in the car. Too short of an audio book and you may be bored or unstimulated for part of the ride. Too long of an audiobook and it may not be over by the time you arrive. Each episode is roughly an hour so tailoring the listening duration is pretty easy.

This promises to be entertaining and informative.

I really enjoy This American Life and am glad to see it featured here!

yay I'm so excited! I love listening to these shows on roadtrips!

That's the reason I got hooked on this series. It was perfect for my 30 minute commute to and from work.

Good for short drives.

Wow, thank you so much for posting this. I love This American Life. I've always wanted to listen to the archives during a road trip and this is the perfect way to do it! I'll definitely be checking this out for my next road trip.

Thanks for getting this aadl- it's an entertaining show and perfect for car trips!