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A podcast about This American Life, hosted by Rob McGinley Myers and Britta Greene, featuring lovingly irreverent deconstructions of the show’s best episodes, as well as occasional interviews with contributors and listeners, all in our attempt to pin down what makes the show great.

Before It Had a Theme Robert McGinley Myers

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0, 17 Ratings

A podcast about This American Life, hosted by Rob McGinley Myers and Britta Greene, featuring lovingly irreverent deconstructions of the show’s best episodes, as well as occasional interviews with contributors and listeners, all in our attempt to pin down what makes the show great.

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

DippityDoo ,

More Britta Greene...

A must listen for lovers of radio, storytelling, & of course, This American Life. Hearing these producers talk about editing choices & ‘behind-the-scenes’ of the now-iconic TAL is riveting. BUT: my ears heard Rob ‘leading’ in a way that’s like if Terry Gross’s producer interrupted her or said, “But...” after especially astute observations. Case in point: at approx 15:10 & forward in S1:E1 when Britta comments that Ira is setting up a phone conversation in a way that’s “...preempting your judgement” was EVERYTHING. I wanted to hear more from her. Instead, Rob moves on w/a “Yes, but...”. I think Britta caught a recurring event w/her observation: the verbal ‘shame inoculation.’ I hope in future episodes these two have more balanced time to elaborate on their comments. 4 stars now, hoping for 5 in the future.

aggimay23 ,

Clever concept

I just recently started listening to podcasts, specifically This American Life and It’s interesting to hear how Rob and Britta interpret these stories offering me an opportunity to view them from another perspective

marlenzki ,

Love it!

Looooving nerding out to this! Really like both hosts and think you guys have great audio chemistry!

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