Ira Glass is the iconic voice of American public radio program This American Life. The program first debuted in November 1995 and since its very first episode Glass has served as both the show’s host and executive producer.
In this four-part video series Ira Glass discusses the building blocks of a great story, how hard it can be to find a decent story, good taste, and the common errors that beginners make.
About Ira Glass
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.
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.