Ira Glass is the host and creator of the public radio program This American Life. The show premiered on Chicago’s public radio station WBEZ in 1995 and is now heard on more than 500 public radio stations each week by over 1.7 million listeners. Most weeks, the podcast of the program is the most popular podcast in America. The show also airs each week on the CBC in Canada and on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio network.
His LIVE performaces are described best by Glass himself: “Basically, I stand on stage, and I have an iPad that has clips from the radio show and quotes and music that we use on the radio show and the ambient sound from the show. What it means is that as I’m standing there on stage, I can kind of create the radio show around me. The talk is a combination of me talking about the radio show, how we make it and why it’s made the way it is, and clips from the radio show, memorable moments—essentially a lot of funny clips. I feel like, like a lot of people, when I get in front of an audience, I get nervous if people are not laughing a lot, so partly it’s just an excuse to play really funny stuff to a roomful of people.” The talk will be followed by an Audience Q & A session.