A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this app is a complete archive of the popular hour-long public radio show. The content occasionally touches on violence, sexual practices and other adult themes.
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Is it any good?
Public broadcasting at its best, This American Life has entertained with topical and personal-essay broadcasts since 1995. This app, which collects all 400-plus hour-long radio shows under one roof and automatically adds new ones each week, is a treasure trove. A kind of audio version of 60 Minutes, each show explores an aspect of American life via issues or interesting individuals, some famous but most of them regular people, including kids. There are episodes on bullying, babysitting, and a bonus Showtime program on kids trying to learn standup comedy.