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April 25, 2004 | Marc Weingarten
Often imitated but rarely equaled, Ira Glass' "This American Life" is a strange and wondrous hybrid of documentary, fiction and music. In documenting the overlooked corners of everyday life through the distinctive voices of contributors and Glass' deadpan, almost affectless reporting style, it's become a public radio institution heard on 470 stations. And that's turned Glass, 45, who's based at WBEZ in Chicago, into an alternative media rock star of sorts. There aren't too many public radio show hosts who can fill auditoriums around the country and spend quality couch time with David Letterman and Jon Stewart, as Glass has done.
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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."
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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 thisamericanlife.org for full schedule.
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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."
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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.
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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.'
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August 21, 2006 | Paul Brownfield, Times Staff Writer
Totaling four hours over two nights, Spike Lee's "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts" is a considerable thing -- a mural of sorts, protest art erected in ironic dismay over the governmental embarrassment and social disaster that New Orleans remains today. Lee was at the Venice Film Festival when Hurricane Katrina hit on Aug. 29; he arrived in New Orleans with a film crew three months later, returning seven more times.
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