NPR’s This American Life is a great entertaining radio program. It is weekly, one hour long and perfect for a podcast listening. Unfortunately, the show owners make it difficult to download. I am a NPR station member of KGNU and if you download This American Life you should become a member also.
Below is a very easy way to get the weekly MP3 file.
I use mplayer and its dumpstream option.
The command line is:
mplayer.exe -dumpstream -dumpfile outputFilename showURL
outputFilename can be what you want. I use shownumber.mp3
showURL (might change), but is currently something like:
showNumber changes every week. It is three digits and is around 316 today. Check the website archives for the value for the current week’s show.
o:\media\mplayer\mplayer.exe -dumpstream -dumpfile AL316+TheCatCameBack.mp3 http://wbez-tal.streamguys.us:8020/content/316.mp3
A better URL is: