Via Ben Hyde I found out that This American Life has a website with a full archive of all their shows. Awesome! There are so many cool programs to listen to. I am not very good at remembering to listen in, but I always enjoy the accidential encounter when I turn on the radio when the show is on; so this is so great.
The RealPlayer One beta I had on OS X has expired, so I go to download a new one; but no such luck. They don't have a free player for OS X! They want me to pay $10 a month or something. Fair enough that they want to make money, but it shows how much it sucks to put your content in a closed format.
"This Life" cite rights to distribute (different than streaming, or so they say) as their reason for not providing mp3 downloads. You can however buy mp3s of some programs via audible.com. I thought Audible was a sorta mp3 format with DRM crap? Hmn... I'd be more than happy to pay a few bucks for a download if I could preview say the prologue and keep the media in an accessible format.