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This American Life

Posted by Erik W on Feb 1, 2009 5:48 PM

As some of you know, perhaps 14 years late, I've been getting obsessed with "This American Life", the radio show, as I listen to the archives.

For those not familiar, it's a weekly radio show where Ira Glass, the host, picks a theme then presents stories about that theme, usually in 3 acts.

One of my favorite episodes of the show is "Somewhere in the Arabian Sea", arguably one of the best, funniest, and unique news reports on the 'War on Terror'. If you have not heard an episode before, I think that would be a solid place to start.

Some of my other favorites are "Act V", "My Big Break", "Matchmakers" (especially the last act), and heck, any episode from the past 10 years I've listened to has been really good.

Now, I have to admit I didn't get started on This American Life via the radio show, but the TV Show on Showtime. A friend of mine introduced it to me last year, and I was quick to hop onto Netflix to stream the rest (which you apparently can't anymore?).

Season 2 of the TV show is out on DVD (but only at Borders? Stupid.) and this week The Onion AV Club had an interview with Ira Glass, which, I really wish they posted the audio to because I really enjoy Ira's story telling

While IMO, not as good as the radio show, Season 1 of the TV show was quite a treat, and I'm looking forward to whenever the DVD of Season 2 is available on Netflix. In the meantime, every Monday I look forward to the next radio episode.

Added 2/4/09: It looks like Kottke is on the Ira kick too, and posted a couple of links to some interviews.

listed in: ira glass, radio, this american life, tv


This is only tangentially related, but you might want to check out Philip Glass. He's Ira's brother and a well-known contemporary musician and composer. His music's a bit odd, but pretty interesting.

Posted by Evan on February 4, 2009 1:35 PM


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