This evening I had the pleasure of watching a rehearsal of This American Life's upcoming live episode, "Return to the Scene of the Crime", at Chicago's Chicago Theater. The episode is being recorded live for radio broadcast in New York on April 23. It featured Ira Glass, of course, along with Dan Savage, Starlee Kine, and Mike Birbiglia.
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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.
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.