by Jac Kern
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Ira Glass performs live at the Aronoff Saturday
This American Life, the true storytelling public radio show hosted by Ira Glass, is one of
the most popular radio programs and podcasts today. Each week since 1995, Glass
presents a theme — cars, summer camp, break-ups — and a variety of writers,
comedians, journalists and everyday people share stories of their experiences
with that subject. For the few unfamiliar with TAL, it’s one of those shows that will keep you in your car with
the radio on long after you’ve pulled in the driveway.
Ira Glass will present his
live show, Reinventing Radio, this
Saturday at the Aronoff Center. CityBeat spoke to Glass about his history with
public radio — check out our interview here.
To celebrate the program
and its adorable bespectacled host, CityBeat staffers have compiled a few of
our favorite episodes (in no particular order).
Why not start at the
beginning? This American Life’s very
first episode — back when the program was called Your Radio Playhouse — aired on Nov. 17, 1995. The theme: New
One of the guests is Ira’s mom.
Fear of Sleep
(Aug. 8, 2008) features tales on various things that go bump in the night.
Comedian Mike Birbiglia shares his astonishing stories of sleepwalking, which
later inspired his movie, Sleepwalk with
This American Life has done a few live productions over the years. On May 10, 2012, Glass
and friends took the stage at New York University’s Skirball Center for Invisible Made Visible,
a performance that was streamed live in movie theaters across the country. It
was an incredible interactive experience that included music, dance, comedy and
a short film. Check out photos here.
mistaken identity to evil twins, Dopplegangers (Jan. 11, 2013) has it all. Including Fred
Armisen’s impeccable Ira Glass impression.
lot of This American Life segments
are anecdotal, but sometimes the show has taken on newsier issues — and one
time, they got it all wrong. On Jan. 6, 2012, Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory
aired. Mike Daisey spoke about the conditions of an iPhone factory in China,
including vivid details and interviews with workers. Soon after, it was
revealed that Daisey had fabricated his story and lied during the fact-checking
is not only an interesting correction to the original Daisey program, but a
commentary on journalistic integrity, the importance of fact-checking and the
lengths people will go for a moment in the spotlight.
Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass takes place
at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Aronoff Center. Tickets: 513-621-ARTS or cincinnatiarts.org.
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This American Life host Ira Glass had radio in his blood from the start — only he didn’t know it.
by Jac Kern
Popular public radio show will be shown in local theaters
"I don't really like This American Life or Ira Glass," said no one.The weekly, true storytelling public radio show with its quirky, adorable host seriously has something for everyone — timely topics, laugh-out-loud (or cry-out-loud) anecdotes, thoughtful insight. TAL even got my stubborn, conservative father to listen to NPR on a regular basis. So since we can all agree how awesome it is, let's celebrate the announcement that Ira and Co. will present a live show in New York City, to be broadcast in movie theaters across the country on May 10.Those who watched the television adaptation of This American Life know how flawlessly the program can be adapted to incorporate visual elements with the standard unscripted storytelling format. But the live show is set to involve more than just interviews and animations seen in the TV program.The live event will feature stories by writer David Rakoff (who worked with Ira Glass and David Sedaris), comedian Tig Notaro (Comedy Central Presents, The Sarah Silverman Program), Glynn Washington (host of radio show Snap Judgement and jack-of-all-trades) and Ira himself. Taking full advantage of the live, visual format, the show will also feature music by OK Go, a short film by longtime TAL contributor and comedian Mike Birbiglia, a dance performance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company and much more to be seen. This American Life presented a live show, also broadcast in theaters, back in 2009.The show will go live at 8 p.m. May 10 onstage at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. If you can't make the trip to the Big Apple (it's sold out anyway), check it out at one of many local theaters screening the show, including AMC Newport, Western Hills 14, Florence 14, Milford 16, Springdale Showcase Cinemas and Deerfield Town Center. Many of these theaters will present an encore screening May 15 as well. Go here for tickets.