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November 7, 2003 | Steve Carney, Special to The Times
Simplify your Christmas shopping and explain what he does every week on 400 public radio stations nationwide: Ira Glass is trying to do at least two things at once in his job as host of "This American Life." On Tuesday, the public-radio show releases its second compilation CD, "Crimebusters + Crossed Wires," which follows 1999's "Lies, Sissies, & Fiascoes."
May 10, 2012
MOVIES "This American Life" is a staple of your weekend NPR menu, and now you can move your "driveway moment" to an actual theater. Host Ira Glass joins David Sedaris, David Rakoff, Tig Notaro, the band OK Go and many others for this simulcast of live storytelling performances, music, animation and other exquisitely tasteful programming. 8 p.m. Thu. at various local theaters. See for full schedule.
November 13, 2009 | Susan King
"Afghan Star," "Anvil! The Story of Anvil," "Diary of a Times Square Thief," "Food, Inc." and "Mugabe and the White African" are the nominees for the International Documentary Assn.'s 2009 IDA Awards. The award will be handed out at a ceremony at the Directors Guild of America on Dec. 4 hosted by Ira Glass of "This American Life." Nominations also were announced Thursday in short film and limited series categories. The documentary awards honor filmmakers and film journalists who "displayed conspicuous bravery in the pursuit of truth."
April 9, 2006 | Blake Hennon
Portland, Ore. April 21-23: Wordstock brings Gore Vidal, Dave Eggers, Joyce Carol Oates, R.L. Stine and more than 200 other writers to 10 reading stages in the Oregon Convention Center. The Night of Literary Feasts on April 21 has writers participating in private dinner fundraisers. April 22, adults and kids can hear and meet their favorite authors and browse for their next favorite title at the book fair, while aspiring writers can learn from published authors during workshops.
October 27, 2002 | Dana Calvo
Ira Glass Host of "This American Life," on Public Radio International "I'm a big fan of 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer.' I was introduced to it through my girlfriend, and now, because of that, I'm watching 'Firefly' [both are from writer-producer Joss Whedon]. Most of the people in my office watch 'Buffy' on a level that's geeky. I'm at the level where I can sing you the words to the musical they performed last season. I just started watching 'Alias.'
June 3, 2009
MT. EMMY: To reach the pinnacle, or, in this case, the golden Emmy, wrap yourself in raves and pack lots of buzz. Altitude readings are by Greg Braxton, Elena Howe, Rene Lynch, Lee Margulies, Tom O'Neil and Jevon Phillips. PEAKING FEEL THE LOVE: If we could exude caring, concern and compassion while sitting on our rear all day like Gabriel Byrne does on "In Treatment," we think our colleagues would like us a lot more.
Right off, I've got to tell you that I went into PBS' new magazine series "Life 360" with a chip on my shoulder. The concept of presenting a variety of stories about a single theme sounded very much like a rip-off of public radio's "This American Life," and the chance of anyone coming close to achieving what Ira Glass and his colleagues do there seemed remote. I was wrong. Not about it being derivative--although hey, if you're going to imitate something, why not imitate the best?
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