Parents' Guide to

This American Life

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Compelling true stories from all walks of life.

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Community Reviews

age 14+

Based on 1 parent review

age 14+

Fine for younger than 14, too

We listen to TAL podcasts in the car all the time and on trips for my kids that are younger than 14 (they're 9 and 12.) I think it's fine for them - there are so many amazing stories and it creates lots to discuss and talk about.

Is It Any Good?

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As the interviewer, Glass takes a backseat to his subjects' first-person accounts, interjecting only occasionally with a question or comment and adding thought-provoking voice-over narration throughout. His honest, introspective style and the show's captivating cinematography combine to support the sincere emotions of these funny, sad, curious, and heartwarming stories. The reality of This American Life may well entertain, inspire, and touch you in a way that few other shows do. If your teens are ready for intermittent strong language and possible nudity, ask them to join you while you watch. You'll be amazed at the stories and gain new perspective on people of all walks of life.

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