Ira Glass, the familiar voice of NPR's This American Life, will narrate humorous and introspective stories about everyday American life in person at 8 p.m. on Dec. 4 at The State Theatre in Ithaca.
An Evening with Ira Glass will take the audience into the studio with Ira Glass as he shares a variety of stories in the vein of This American Life–some fictional, some documentary, all about everyday life in this America and his own observations on radio storytelling. The performance, called Lies, Sissies & Fiascos: Notes on Making a New Kind of Radio, will be followed by audience questions. Tickets are on sale at the Clinton House Ticket Center (607-273-4497) and its outlets, or online at www.statetheatreofithaca.com. Ticket prices are $27 and $32; for WSKG members $22 and $27; and for students $15 and $19. All seating is reserved.
WSKG Radio will broadcast a special radio interview with Ira Glass at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2, and repeating at 7 p.m. This hour-long interview will also be available in its entirety on wskg.com.
On This American Life, Ira Glass focuses on the details of life that often go unobserved. Sidestepping sensationalism, Glass and his staff serve up narrative epics that pinpoint, in the tradition of Studs Terkel, the unusual and poetic in the everyday. This American Life premiered on Chicago public radio station WBEZ in late 1995 and is now heard on more than 470 public radio stations each week by over 1.7 million listeners.
This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including the Peabody and DuPont-Columbia awards, as well as the Robert F. Kennedy Award. The American Journalism Review and Brill revolution.” It has attracted continuous national media attention over the years, including features in The New York Times, Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, and numerous other publications. Glass has made appearances on Late Show with David Letterman and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In 2001, Time magazine named Glass “Best Radio Host in America.”