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giveaway: This American Life iPhone app

This American Life iPhone app

The cool people at PRX have offered me a This American Life iPhone app to give away to one lucky person! Yay!

The app gives you access to all of the streaming This American Life episodes, all the way back to 1995. That simple. The downside is that you have to have a signal in order to listen. So you’re out of luck on, say, an airplane. The upside is that it’s easy to sort through them to find what you want to listen to.

I’ve been listening to This American Life for a very long time. It kept me entertained when I got my first job coding websites and discovered just how uninspiring cubicle life could be, so I have extra warm fuzzy feelings. I even have a TAL poster hanging in my house, it goes very nicely with my orange wall.

So, if you’d like to win a code for a free This American Life iPhone app please leave a comment with this post. The fine print applies. This ends at noon Pacific Time on Monday, May 31st when the Random Number Generator will chose the winner.

Good luck!

[Since I love the show so much I'd just like to point out that This American Life is currently engaged in that ever present struggle to raise enough money to stay alive. You can donate right there, they even take Paypal. You can also text "TAL" to 25383 ($10 will be added to your phone bill). See? Painless. Just for the record, nobody asked me to mention this, I just really really like the show.]

update: Thanks so much to everybody for entering! Because of the response PRX sent me two additional codes to give out, thanks PRX. The Random Number Generator chose 37, 78 and 92, and the winners have been contacted.

· comments [141] · 05-27-2010 · categories:technology ·

141 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jamey // May 27, 2010 at 1:33 am

    I love TAL! I loved it before I moved abroad, but I love it in a new and special way now that I live outside America. It would be very cool to have Ira Glass inside my iphone!

  • 2 sherrieg // May 27, 2010 at 2:04 am

    My favourite podcast! The show isn’t broadcast here in Canada, so that makes the app that much more exciting. :)

  • 3 Cherie // May 27, 2010 at 4:00 am

    This looks great! Perfect for the long road trip we have planned in July! Thanks for the chance!!

  • 4 Jenny // May 27, 2010 at 4:15 am

    You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you will learn something new every week. If only I could remember to listen. The app would solve that problem. I am trying to think which is my all time favorite TAL…

  • 5 Kyle // May 27, 2010 at 4:25 am

    Ooh, I would love it! I am a TAL fanatic and have been debating whether to get the app or not ever since it came out…

  • 6 sara // May 27, 2010 at 4:26 am

    I love This American Life – so many good stories! I love Ira.

  • 7 missMadison // May 27, 2010 at 4:27 am

    Ah, the thought of having my very own iPhone to listen to my most favorite radio podcast! I’ve been listening to TAL since it’s inception. Ira Glass is amazing.

  • 8 Courtney // May 27, 2010 at 4:29 am

    yay! I love TAL

  • 9 audrey // May 27, 2010 at 4:30 am

    this american life is one of my favorites! it would be awesome to have this app. thanks, megan, for the chance!

  • 10 kat // May 27, 2010 at 4:39 am

    This American Life is fantastic- and I would love this. But you can also listen as a standard podcast (FREE!) from itunes (which means you can listen to it on the airplane). The website: thisamericanlife.org
    Also- love your blog.

  • 11 shana // May 27, 2010 at 4:45 am

    ooh cool. what would we do without cool iPhone apps? :)

  • 12 Marsha // May 27, 2010 at 4:47 am

    I love This American Life. Count me in!

  • 13 Chris // May 27, 2010 at 4:53 am

    Nothing beats the episode in which the real Phil Collins helps Starlee Kine through a breakup by collaborating with her to write a cheesy love song.

  • 14 Jessie // May 27, 2010 at 5:21 am

    I am such a huge fan of TAL!

  • 15 Melissa Harris // May 27, 2010 at 5:26 am

    The thing that finally got me to donate to my local NPR station was Ira’s donation spots. Long live TAL!

  • 16 Tiff // May 27, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Even though I’ve been traveling out here in Australia for half a year, I’ve been a “good little american” and keeping up with my TAL podcasts. It’s like having my own piece of home w/ me.

  • 17 Lonna // May 27, 2010 at 5:47 am

    perfect for my commute!

  • 18 Anne // May 27, 2010 at 5:48 am

    I love TAL! I didn’t even know there was an app – if I don’t win I’ll have to buy it.

  • 19 Susan C. // May 27, 2010 at 5:49 am

    What a great giveaway! I depend on TAL to get me through some rough workdays, and this app sounds perfect. Thank you!

  • 20 Lori // May 27, 2010 at 6:00 am

    I love love love this show! I’m an NPR junkie, frequently held hostage in my car by it. Count me in, please… and thanks for offering.

  • 21 Sarah // May 27, 2010 at 6:02 am

    Ah the show that makes me both laugh out loud and tear up… on the subway… when nobody else can hear what I am listening too. Best radio show ever! And I will throw another pitch out there- DONATE to TAL. They seriously rock.

  • 22 Grace // May 27, 2010 at 6:04 am

    I would love to win! I’ve been listening since January during my commute, and I’m really loving the program. I only wish they kept the back episodes in iTunes… which would be the draw of the app! I just haven’t been able to justify spending on it when there IS at least one in itunes each week. Thanks for the giveaway!

    I’ve also started listening to WNYC RadioLab after Jad and Robert did a guest episode for This American Life (I think it was the one about the financial collapse because of the bundled investments… see how much I learned? lol)

  • 23 Lisa // May 27, 2010 at 6:13 am

    NPR is a godsend for those with a long commute!

  • 24 Kelly // May 27, 2010 at 6:21 am

    I love TAL too and want to win!

  • 25 janet // May 27, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Um, yes please! I am so behind on my TALs plus it would be great to have this for the treadmill.

  • 26 cathy // May 27, 2010 at 6:39 am

    would love to win this! I am so behind on my technology and a huge TAL fan – I even work out to podcasts of it!

  • 27 lu // May 27, 2010 at 6:46 am

    you have me so interested in learning more about this.

  • 28 Sarah // May 27, 2010 at 6:46 am

    I can’t get enough of TAL–when I’m in the car, listening to it on NPR, I often find myself sitting outside my destination listening until the end of the segment. Support NPR, support TAL! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 29 Jolene // May 27, 2010 at 6:50 am

    I love This American Life. I was actually just talking to my boyfriend and we were joking about if the reporters have to go to some sort of class or something to learn to use their TAL voice.

  • 30 Anna // May 27, 2010 at 6:50 am

    Ooh! This makes me wish I didn’t ride the subway so much – I’m going to have to start riding the bus so I can get a signal! I still remember the very first episode I listened to, after much pushing from my friend Jessica. So good!

  • 31 Julia // May 27, 2010 at 6:53 am

    Best thing on the radio!

  • 32 Ellen // May 27, 2010 at 6:56 am

    Hands down, my favorite radio program ever. First one I ever heard was “Music Lessons”, Summer 1998. I started laughing so hard I actually had to pull the car over.

  • 33 Anne // May 27, 2010 at 7:00 am

    I love TAL and this app looks great!

  • 34 Janet // May 27, 2010 at 7:04 am

    I love This American Life, too. I listen to it at work all the time.

  • 35 Helen // May 27, 2010 at 7:04 am

    Love This American Life, love!

  • 36 Annalise // May 27, 2010 at 7:07 am

    TAL has been part of my Saturday routine since I was a little kid! I’d love to go back and listen back to all the stories I just didn’t get back then.

  • 37 Rosemary // May 27, 2010 at 7:24 am

    Huge TAL fan. HUGE. Thank you for doing this giveaway!

  • 38 Misty // May 27, 2010 at 7:31 am

    oooo fun! i love TAL and my crush on Ira..

  • 39 Valerie // May 27, 2010 at 7:33 am

    Love it!

  • 40 heather // May 27, 2010 at 7:36 am

    We always listen to TAL on our cartrips to visit family.

  • 41 Michelle // May 27, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Count me in!

  • 42 katie // May 27, 2010 at 7:46 am

    pick me! :)

  • 43 Megan // May 27, 2010 at 7:49 am

    I have 2 *tapes* I bought from TAL in the late 1990s of shows that I loved (Kindness of Strangers and the episode with the squirrel cop story). If only I had a tape player…

  • 44 Sophie // May 27, 2010 at 7:51 am

    This American Life is what gets me through hours of boredom prepping for experiments at work! It’s a boon to cube dwellers everywhere!

  • 45 Rachel // May 27, 2010 at 8:00 am

    I’d love to have this app. Love the show

  • 46 Jessica // May 27, 2010 at 8:17 am

    My husband LOVES this show, and got me hooked on it too. The tv show one is really interesting too.

  • 47 edina // May 27, 2010 at 8:22 am

    love this podcast – sounds like a great app to have!

  • 48 brooke @ claremont road // May 27, 2010 at 8:29 am

    What a great giveaway! I love TAL — so many amazing and touching stories.

  • 49 Sara // May 27, 2010 at 8:33 am

    TAL is my very favorite podcast! Pick me!

  • 50 Beth // May 27, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I love TAL! so would love to win this giveaway-cool!

  • 51 Cara K // May 27, 2010 at 8:34 am

    I’ve been hooked on TAL for a few years.

  • 52 scrappy // May 27, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I love This American Life! I love the podcast, and I love the television series. Pick me! Pick me!

  • 53 Darby F // May 27, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I’m a big fan as well of This American Life and look forward to each new episode showing up in my iTunes library!

  • 54 Misty // May 27, 2010 at 8:57 am

    I’ve been listening on my commute for about a year now. It would be great to listen to the older episodes as well.

  • 55 Tiffany // May 27, 2010 at 8:58 am

    I’ve been listening to This American Life since it debuted and have found it heartrending, funny, and necessary in a time and place where we don’t listen to each other. I would love to have this opportunity.

  • 56 Kerry // May 27, 2010 at 8:58 am

    I love everything about TAL. I would love to win this!

  • 57 Margaret // May 27, 2010 at 9:04 am

    I would love to have access to some of the old shows! Great radio!

  • 58 em // May 27, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Good luck, sir/ma’am.

  • 59 Megan // May 27, 2010 at 9:13 am

    I heart Ira.

  • 60 Liz // May 27, 2010 at 9:30 am

    I think Ira is the best thing since…sliced bread?

  • 61 Jennifer // May 27, 2010 at 9:37 am

    TAL is the best!

  • 62 maribeth // May 27, 2010 at 9:39 am

    very cool. TAL is awesome. Crossing my fingers!

  • 63 s'mee // May 27, 2010 at 9:40 am

    We enjoy This American Life! So much so, that when Thor and I were on our way to a special evening alone we turned on the car radio to listen. We arrived at our destination, but because we were in the middle of a particularly interesting story we both just sat there in the car and waited for the show to be complete before we got out and began our night!
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • 64 Lois // May 27, 2010 at 9:41 am

    I love the show and will probably get the app win or lose!

  • 65 Carrie at Rhubarb Sky // May 27, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Yay for This American Life!

  • 66 Tasha // May 27, 2010 at 9:54 am

    This American Life helped me through my research job in college. Now I listen to it first thing in the morning as I’m getting ready :)

  • 67 Isabel // May 27, 2010 at 9:55 am

    Yay! Great giveaway — This American Life is the best. :)

  • 68 GirlSunday // May 27, 2010 at 9:57 am

    I pink puffy heart This American Life. I listen to it weekly on my walks. I’ve been meaning to download this app. And even if I don’t win this one, I’ll be buying it.

  • 69 K James // May 27, 2010 at 10:00 am

    I love TAL! I’ve been listening to them as long as they’ve been broadcasting! This is a GRRREAT giveaway!

  • 70 Karan // May 27, 2010 at 10:01 am

    I am a big fan! If you ever have a few extra bucks buy their Driveway Stories!

  • 71 emily rose // May 27, 2010 at 10:27 am

    I adore This American Life! I only recently (past few years) have gotten into it. I especially like it when David Sederis narrates :) Have you seen the HBO show?

  • 72 Lori // May 27, 2010 at 10:40 am

    Live in London now but still need my regular TAL fix!

  • 73 Jessi B. // May 27, 2010 at 10:51 am

    I love TAL so much. It has saved me from cubical hell too. I don’t have an iphone, but I just wanted to give some love to my favorite radio show :)

  • 74 gladcow // May 27, 2010 at 10:55 am

    I love TAL. In fact, I have Ira Glass quotes posted in my cubicle. This app would be a great way to share TAL with my husband on road trips. :)

  • 75 Suniverse // May 27, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Oh, this is fantastic!

  • 76 tara // May 27, 2010 at 11:08 am

    me please! Thanks

  • 77 Cynthia // May 27, 2010 at 11:25 am

    Ooh, how lovely!

  • 78 Jessica // May 27, 2010 at 11:27 am

    I used to tape this show and then listen to it while cleaning. With the advancement of technology I now stream it, wouldn’t it be lovely to advance further. YAY to cleaning with Ira Glass on my iphone. :)

  • 79 girlrobot // May 27, 2010 at 11:36 am

    I would love to win this!

  • 80 Maria // May 27, 2010 at 11:38 am

    Perfect timing- my dog just destroyed my old phone!

  • 81 Melissa // May 27, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Oh man! I’ve been eying that app for ages. It would be awesome to win it. What a nice giveaway!

  • 82 Tina M. // May 27, 2010 at 11:49 am

    OOOOH, that’s a wonderful give away for a great show!!

    Count me in.

  • 83 Adrianna // May 27, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    I love TAL – I listen to the podcasts while I exercise… their stories are so engaging that I forget that I don’t want to work out! Love love love!

  • 84 Bev Bourne // May 27, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    I love This American Life and am now reading Ira Glass’ book, “The New Kings of Non-Fiction”. I hope I win!!

    BB

  • 85 Jill // May 27, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    I love This American Life! I’d love to win this app!

  • 86 Marsha Mod // May 27, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    I heart TAL and Not Martha

  • 87 Stephanie // May 27, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Oooh.. i would love this!

  • 88 Laura // May 27, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    Yay!! I love this and Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me. Yay for NPR!

  • 89 Cara // May 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I love that show!

  • 90 Molly // May 27, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    I love listening to good stories.

  • 91 Rachel // May 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    I would *love* to win that. I love TAL and I really love IRA!

  • 92 Kristina // May 27, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I have been listening for years! Love this so much!

  • 93 Christine // May 27, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    Love TAL since it started but couldn’t justify buying the app since you can listen to it online for free or download the most recent podcast.

  • 94 Amy // May 27, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    I love to listen to TAL.

  • 95 Marisol // May 27, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    15 years of Ira? Yes, please!

  • 96 Kate // May 27, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Love this show! Crossing my fingers for good RNG mojo :)

  • 97 Maria // May 27, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    This would be great; I already have the NPR app and love it! :)

  • 98 rachel // May 27, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    Yay!

  • 99 jenny // May 27, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    want!

  • 100 stephanie // May 27, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    i love free things and as it happens, i also love TAL!

  • 101 David Hart // May 27, 2010 at 7:23 pm

    I’d love to win it, but it’s cheap enough that everyone that doesn’t win, should just buy it. I’ll do that (but I’d still like to win it instead).

  • 102 Nick // May 27, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    This would rock so hard!

  • 103 Britiney // May 27, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    I *heart* TAL. Pick me!

  • 104 Tiffany // May 27, 2010 at 9:10 pm

    pick me, pick me! TAL and my iphone would get along great.

  • 105 LJ // May 27, 2010 at 10:10 pm

    Sounds like a great app! I’d love to win it.

  • 106 Julia // May 27, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    I love TAL!

  • 107 sarah b. // May 28, 2010 at 5:21 am

    I love TAL! Would love to give the app a go!

  • 108 adrienne // May 28, 2010 at 6:35 am

    ooooh. Love TAL!!! Fingers crossed!

  • 109 Sandy // May 28, 2010 at 6:47 am

    Love Ira and TAL – whoever wins, listen to the flaming squirrel and policeman episode – all time tops

  • 110 Fromaggi // May 28, 2010 at 8:19 am

    I heart TAL. C’mon random generator, I’m your girl!

  • 111 Leslie // May 28, 2010 at 9:08 am

    I love TAL so much. it gets me through walking to/from work, biking, etc.!

  • 112 Erin // May 28, 2010 at 9:44 am

    I love listening to TAL! They are truly gifted at engaging an audience.

  • 113 kelli // May 28, 2010 at 9:55 am

    I love TAL!

  • 114 Melissa // May 28, 2010 at 10:09 am

    I love TAL!

  • 115 Natalie // May 28, 2010 at 11:23 am

    Oh goodness, TAL is the best part of my Monday morning commute. In fact, it’s the best part of my Monday. And perhaps my week. I’m sure my friends are all tired of my constantly beginning a statement with “A few weeks ago on TAL, there was a story about [fill in the blank]“.

  • 116 Darci // May 28, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I love this show….It is my place of sanity while teaching inner city kids in Los Angeles. The voices so eclectic and a great launch for a multitude of ideas.

  • 117 Emily T. // May 28, 2010 at 11:58 am

    TAL is my favorite. I wish I had the app too, the NPR app just doesn’t do it for me. Have a great weekend!!

  • 118 Ellen // May 28, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    My husband and I have an understanding if Ira Glass should come knocking on our door, I will be allowed a date out with Ira for that evening. It is such a great production, how many times have I cried while listening to the tender stories on the show.

  • 119 Abby // May 28, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    YAY! TAL makes life nicer to get through.

  • 120 Constance // May 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm

    Doh! I seriously just bought the TAL app 2 days ago. Never mind. It would make a lovely gift. @Ellen – I think Ira Glass is on my list too :)

  • 121 Jill // May 28, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Yay! Love TAL!

  • 122 Karen // May 28, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I look forward to Mondays when I can listen to a new episode of This American Life. I love TAL and I adore listening to Ira Glass.

  • 123 Jess // May 28, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    I sit in my car for an extra forty minutes if it means I can catch TAL!

  • 124 Emily // May 28, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    This would be so much fun.

  • 125 Michele D // May 28, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Love this show. Thanks. It would be a blast.

  • 126 lily // May 28, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    I love TAL!!!

  • 127 Sophie // May 29, 2010 at 9:11 am

    What a great prize! Would be great to have on the beach this summer.

  • 128 Morgan // May 29, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    oooo, this would be so wonderful!!

  • 129 Tali // May 29, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Oh how I love This American Life – I’d love to win!!

  • 130 lydia // May 29, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    this would be amazing to have!!

  • 131 marisa // May 29, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Ira rocks

  • 132 Aida // May 29, 2010 at 11:37 pm

    TAL is responsible for me being an NPR listener. It is also responsible for may extra hours spent in my car because I don’t want to get out until the show is over. :)

  • 133 Karen // May 30, 2010 at 7:13 am

    Love NPR. Love TAL. Love my iPhone.

  • 134 Meg // May 30, 2010 at 6:18 pm

    I didn’t even know TAL had a podcast, but I should have! Thanks for offering this.

  • 135 Robin Avila // May 30, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    i LOVE tal! this would be the coolest app ever!

  • 136 Leslie // May 30, 2010 at 7:28 pm

    LOVE TAL!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • 137 Kim // May 30, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Love NPR and would love to win! Thanks!

  • 138 Lynn // May 30, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I save TAL as a reward to myself for doing those unpleasant things-you-have-to-do. No calories, great fun, what could be better?

  • 139 Steph // May 31, 2010 at 4:52 am

    pick me. pick me. please pick me.

  • 140 dina bonazzoli // May 31, 2010 at 7:18 am

    ooo nice app.

  • 141 Emily // May 31, 2010 at 11:42 am

    I love TAL! I need this for my workouts. Keep me smart and healthy!