Ira Glass is the creator, producer & host of This American Life, the iconic weekly public radio program and podcasts with millions of listeners around the world. Using audio clips, music, and video, Ira Glass delivers a unique talk; sharing lessons from his life and career in storytelling: What inspires him to create? What drives his passion? How have failures and successes informed his decisions? During his presentation, Ira Glass will mix stories live onstage and help his audience better follow the creative process of one of our foremost storytellers.
“It’s hard to make something that’s interesting. It’s really, really hard. It’s like a law of nature, a law of aerodynamics, that anything that’s written or anything that’s created wants to be mediocre. The natural state of all writing is mediocrity… So what it takes to make anything more than mediocre is such an act of will…” ― Ira Glass
“We live in a world where joy and empathy and pleasure are all around us, there for the noticing.” ― Ira Glass
“You will be fierce. You will fearless. And you will make work you know in your heart is not as good as you want it to be.” ― Ira Glass
This American Life 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 2.2 million listeners with another 2.5 million downloading each podcast. For years, it was the most popular podcast on iTunes, until the staff created the program Serial, which has over 10 million people downloading each episode 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 .
Glass began his career as an intern at National Public Radio’s network headquarters in Washington, DC in 1978, when he was 19 years old. Over the years, he worked on nearly every NPR network news program and held virtually every production job in NPR’s Washington headquarters. He has been a tape cutter, newscast writer, desk assistant, editor, and producer. He has filled in as host of Talk of the Nation and Weekend All Things Considered.
Under Glass’s editorial direction, This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including several Peabody and DuPont-Columbia awards. The American Journalism Review declared that the show is “at the vanguard of a journalistic revolution.”
A pair of tickets to Seven Things I've Learned: An Evening with Ira Glass at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre and exclusive pre-show reception (by invitation only) on September 22 at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre
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Contest Deadline: Thursday, September 20, 3:00 am
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