Thursday, May 6, 2010

Podcast Rollcall: This American Life

Genre: Journalistic non-fiction

What It's About: Stories of everyday, average Americans. Each episode is made up of two or more stories unified by a theme. (Occasionally, a full episode will be devoted to one story.) Themes are diverse, from "Know Your Enemy" to "Kids As Adults" to "Obsession." These are typically well-researched, well-told stories of life in these United States.

Why You Should Care: This American Life has been a long-running radio series from Chicago public radio. Insightful and thought-provoking, the show generally leaves you with a more nuanced understanding of the society you live in.

Frequency: Weekly

Average Length: One hour

As always, if you become a regular listener to a podcast that solicits donations, try to find a way to make the occasional contribution.

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