Ira Glass: In defense of stories

UPDATE: April 29 — live-tweeted Sunday’s “Reinventing Radio” featuring Ira Glass, host and executive producer of “This American Live” at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton.

UPDATE: April 29 — live-tweeted Sunday’s “Reinventing Radio” featuring Ira Glass, host and executive producer of “This American Life” at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton.

Replay live feed below.

Glass combine lived narration with pretaped quotes and music to recreate the sound of the show as the audience watched. His main message was about how using the tools of journalism to examine the stories of every day life can brings us into the news in personal and unexpected ways.

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Glass joined NewsWorks Tonight host Dave Heller to talk about Sunday’s show and what the audience could expect to see and hear. You can listen to the interview in two parts above.

Glass’ career started in public radio as an intern in 1978, when he 19, at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C. Over the next 17-years, Glass worked on dozens of NPR shows, including “All Things Considered,” holding nearly every type of job available, according to the “This American Life” website.

In 1995, listeners heard the premiere of “This American Life,” produced and aired out of Chicago. One year later, the show went national. Since then, “This American Life” has won numerous awards, including the Peabody and the Edward R. Murrow Award.

Produced by Chicago Public Media, “This American Life” airs on more than 500 public radio stations across the country. Nearly 2 million people listen each week.

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