‘This American Life’ Host Ira Glass at PSU Oct. 13

October 4th, 2007 by Adam


Ira Glass, host and producer of the public radio program This American Life will treat audiences to a behind-the-scenes look at his popular show at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13 at the Silver Center for the Arts.

Glass, an expert at the art of oral storytelling,will share some of the most memorable stories from This American Life, and answer questions from the audience.

The New York Times described Glass as “a journalist but also a storyteller who filters his interviews and impressions through a distinctive literary imagination, an eccentric intelligence, and a sympathetic heart.”

More than 1.7 million listeners on 500 different radio stations tune in each week (noon on Saturdays with a repeat broadcast at 3 p.m. Sundays on New Hampshire Public Radio) and most weeks the show is listed as the most popular podcast in America.

Glass looks for stories that are beyond the usual news hook. He “takes the tools of journalism and applies them to people whom you wouldn’t normally apply them to – people who aren’t famous, people who aren’t powerful, people just like you and me … to point out universal feelings and moments.”

Glass says for him to do a story, something has to happen to someone. “ It’s a story in the way you learn what a story is in the third grade, where there is a person and things happen to them and then something big happens and they realize something new.” [New York Times]

The television adaptation of This American Life premiered on Showtime in March 2007 to great critical acclaim and was nominated for three Emmy awards. While producing the series for the cable network, Glass and his staff continue to create original radio shows.

Ira Glass began his career as an intern at National Public Radio’s network headquarters in Washington, DC in 1978, when he was 19 years old. Over the years, he worked on nearly every NPR network news program and held virtually every production job in NPR’s Washington headquarters. He has been a tape cutter, newscast writer, desk assistant, editor, and producer. He has filled in as host of Talk of the Nation and Weekend All Things Considered.

Under Glass’s editorial direction, This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including the Peabody and DuPont-Columbia awards, as well as the Edward R. Murrow and the Overseas Press Club awards.

The American Journalism Review declared that the show is “at the vanguard of a journalistic revolution.” It has won critical acclaim and attracted continuous national media attention over the years. In 2001, Time magazine named Glass “Best Radio Host in America.”

“We’re blessed from time to time, with a spontaneous generation of humor and insight….[Ira Glass] finds—uncovers—drama and humor in the most pedestrian of places,” said David Mamet.

Tickets are $30-25 for adults, $28-23 for seniors and $25-20 for youth at the Silver Center Box Office, (603) 535-ARTS or online at http://silver.plymouth.edu.

Ira Glass: Radio Stories and Other Stories is presented by the Silver Center for the Arts at Plymouth State University and sponsored by New Hampshire Public Radio.