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Ira Glass on "This American Life" on TV

Monday, January 24, 2011

Ira Glass, host of Peabody Award-winning radio program “This American Life,” talks about the show and about creating the “This American Life” television series, which was originally shown only on Showtime but is now on Current TV and available on basic cable.

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Ira Glass
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Comments [8]

How has living in NYC changed you?

Story of how Jonathan Goldstein came to your show?

You've done business fairly well -- will you be tackling another big "topic," like G-d or science?

Jan. 24 2011 12:41 PM
thatgirlinnewyork from manhattan

ernie--see my opinion downthread, then watch a couple of episodes to see for yourself.

Jan. 24 2011 12:34 PM
thatgirlinnewyork from manhattan

thank you for acknowledging chicago's highly segregated nature. i've had arguments with family there to the same--it's truly a culture of denial on so many levels. a shame for what is, in some ways, a beautiful place.

Jan. 24 2011 12:31 PM
ernie from UWS

What does video add that makes it better / different than the radio show?
Why?

Jan. 24 2011 12:29 PM
Ann from Forest Hills

Michael Antonof beat be to it...John Cleese was definitely the first to do the news desk in a field...spoofing on the BBC!!

Give credit where credit is due Mr. Glass!

Jan. 24 2011 12:26 PM
Edward from NJ

Worth mentioning, This American Life is also available streaming and on DVD for Netflix subscribers.

Jan. 24 2011 12:25 PM
Michael Antonoff from New York City

The anchorman behind a desk in the field (literally) was established by John Cleese announcing "And now for something completely different" on Monty Python 40 years ago.

Jan. 24 2011 12:24 PM
thatgirlinnewyork from manhattan

all i want to know is if ira will return to delivering pizzas during the pledge drive. if he does, and he does it here, i'm on board!

otherwise, as a listener to TAL since its inception, i have to admit it was a leap of faith that the television version would be as good, but it was, for different reasons: same good storytelling, but the illusion of a luxury of time, coupled with that exceptional cinematography. i was skeptical that i'd like it as much, but found that i liked it for different reasons.

Jan. 24 2011 12:22 PM

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