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This American Life for iPad is a fan's dream come true, but is it for everyone else?

What's New

* Restoring currently playing episode and playback position after app close and relaunch

App Description

This American Life is a hit public radio show and one of the most popular podcasts in the country.

The iPad app gives you on-demand access to episodes, including the entire archive going back to the program's launch in 1995. That's more than 425 hours of stories - plus several exciting features not included in the iPhone app!

Highlights and differences between the iPad and iPhone app:

* Single button play for individual stories within an episode
* Download THREE shows at a time for free, for listening when you don't have network access
* "My Dashboard" section organizes shows you've downloaded or marked as favorite or heard
* Full show descriptions including acts
* Live stream Twitter integration
* Expanded contributor information
* New Extras: Comic Book, DVD Commentaries, Photos and more
* Improved audio playback and scrubbing

And you still get all the iPhone features:

* Every new episode automatically added to the app
* Listen to the weekly Live stream
* Staff favorites lists
* Contributor lists make finding episodes from your favorite people easier
* iPod integration: the app will pull in your podcasts also
* Links to buy episodes in iTunes
* Audio/Video extras
* Blog with show news and events
* Mark episodes as Heard and Favorites
* Facebook and Twitter integration
* Lists of This American Life TV episodes, with promos and iTunes download links

This American Life is mostly true stories of everyday people, but it's also really hard to describe. Here's what it's not: It's not a news show or a talk show or a call-in show. Instead, it contains stories that are like little movies for radio. There are funny moments and emotional moments and moments where the people in the story say interesting, surprising things about it all. It's a public radio show for people who don't necessarily like public radio. It's won all of the major broadcasting awards. It's produced by Chicago Public Radio and distributed by Public Radio International.

Your purchase of this app helps fund This American Life.

App Screen Shots

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App Changes

April 06, 2013 New version 1.115
March 19, 2013 New version 1.114
February 17, 2013 New version 1.113
December 19, 2012 New version 1.112
September 29, 2012 New version 1.111
September 26, 2012 New version 1.110
March 31, 2011 Initial Release

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