This American Life

Sunday 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Ira Glass

Built around the innovative personal vision of host Ira Glass, "This American Life," quite literally, pioneered a new kind of radio storytelling. The weekly program explores a theme — fiascos, conventions, the job that takes over your life — through a playful mix of radio monologues, mini-documentaries, "found tape," short fiction and unusual music.

Usually the program applies the tools of journalism to everyday life. But sometimes it tackles news stories, leading to some of its most distinctive and acclaimed shows. "This American Life" did an hour documenting life on an aircraft carrier that was flying missions over Afghanistan during the war there. It spent another hour with mercenary soldiers fighting in Iraq. One show followed school reform over a decade at a Chicago public school. Another was about the most successful informant in FBI history, and how he double-crossed his employer, Archer Daniels-Midland, and then the FBI.

The stories presented are engaging, intimate, surprising, funny, disturbing, bittersweet. Glass and his staff have an unusual knack for finding writers and performers whose work hasn't been heard on radio, and producing their stories alongside his own disarming commentary in a way that listeners praise as "riveting," "mesmerizing." Breakout stars from the show include David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell and David Rakoff.  

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Local News
7:18 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Funnyman Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia performing on Comedy Central

Sometimes it takes a whacky circumstance to recognize our true potential and life path. Renowned performer, writer, comic and all out Public Radio star Mike Birbiglia tells Rita Daniels about the first time he realized he was funny.  Birbiglia is performing at The Lensic on Wednesday night, September 19th, in Santa Fe.

This American Life - LIVE!
9:13 am
Mon April 30, 2012

THIS AMERICAN LIFE - LIVE!

Thu. 5/10 7p: Host Ira Glass and friends will perform an episode of This American Life on stage at NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in NYC, and send it live via satellite to more than 500 movie theaters across the country. The show will feature popular contributors David Rakoff and Mike Birbiglia, music by the rock band OK Go, dance performance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, original animation and short films, comedy by Tig Notaro, a story by Glynn Washington (host of NPR's newest hit show Snap Judgment), and special surprise guests.

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