An Evening With Ira Glass: Seven Things I’ve Learned
Ira Glass is the creator, producer and host of This American Life, the iconic weekly public radio program with millions of listeners around the world. Under Glass’s direction, This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including five Peabody awards.
Using audio clips, music and video, Ira Glass delivers a unique talk; sharing lessons from his life and career in storytelling: What inspires him to create? What drives his passion? How have failures and successes informed his decisions? During his presentation, Ira Glass mixes stories live onstage and helps his audience better follow the creative process of one of our foremost storytellers.
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, reporter and producer. He has filled in as host of Talk of the Nation and Weekend All Things Considered.
He put This American Life on the air in 1995. A television adaptation of This American Life ran on Showtime for two seasons, and Glass has produced three feature films: Mike Birbiglia’s Don’t Think Twice and Sleepwalk with Me, and the Netflix movie Come Sunday.
He is also an editor of the podcasts Serial and S-Town.