Speaker Spotlight: Ira Glass

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By: Bethany Gauthier

As the host and executive producer of This American Life, a weekly public radio show, and one of the creative minds behind Serial, the popular podcast, Ira Glass is one of America’s foremost tellers of stories. A master of bringing together witty, memorable and moving stories from people of all walks of life, Ira Glass comes to Miller Auditorium on Sunday, Jan. 24 at 3 p.m.

From his This American Life bio: Ira Glass started working in public radio in 1978, when he was 19, as an intern at NPR’s headquarters in DC. Over the next 17 years, he worked on nearly every NPR news show and did nearly every production job they had: tape-cutter, desk assistant, newscast writer, editor, producer, reporter, and substitute host. He spent a year in a high school for NPR, and a year in an elementary school, filing stories for All Things Considered. He moved to Chicago in 1989 and put This American Life on the air in 1995.

For his Jan. 24 performance, Glass will talk about This American Life and how it’s put together: what makes a compelling story, where he and his staff find stories for their show and how they are trying to push broadcast journalism to do new things. As part of this, Glass will tell stories from the show, while combining his narration with pre-taped quotes and music, recreating the sound of the show as the audience watches live. Glass will also play memorable moments from the show and talk about what was behind their creation. Tickets for the show are available now at http://tickets.millerauditorium.com/single/PSDetail.aspx?psn=393

A great feature to check out before the show is ‘The Short List’ of some favorite This American Life episodes. Listen and enjoy:http://www.thisamericanlife.org/favorites

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