Ira Glass, public radio host and creator and producer of This American Life, returns to the Valley on Jan. 20, 2018, to share lessons from his life and career in storytelling in Seven Things I’ve Learned: An Evening With Ira Glass. His appearance at the Orpheum Theatre in Downtown Phoenix is part of Scottsdale Arts’ new Scottsdale Arts Presents series.
During his presentation, Glass will use audio clips, music and video to mix stories live onstage and help his audience better follow the creative process of one of our nation’s foremost storytellers. What inspires him to create? What drives his passion? How have failures and successes informed his decisions?
Glass’s quirky show premiered on Chicago’s public radio station WBEZ in 1995 and now is heard each week by more than 2.2 million listeners on more than 500 public radio stations in the United States, Australia and Canada. Another 2.5 million download each podcast.
In 1978, when he was 19, Glass began his career as an intern at National Public Radio’s network headquarters in Washington, D.C. Over the years, he worked on nearly every NPR network news program and held virtually every production job at NPR in D.C. He has been a tape cutter, newscast writer, desk assistant, editor, reporter and producer. He also has filled in as host of Talk of the Nation and Weekend All Things Considered.
A television adaptation of This American Life ran on Showtime for two seasons in 2007 and 2008, winning three Emmys. Glass also was one of the producers of Mike Birbiglia’s 2016 film “Don’t Think Twice,” and produced and co-wrote Birbiglia’s first film, “Sleepwalk with Me” in 2012.
Under Glass’s editorial direction, This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including the duPont-Columbia Award and five Peabody awards. The New York Times has noted that Glass “is a journalist but also a storyteller who filters his interviews and impressions through a distinctive literary imagination, an eccentric intelligence and a sympathetic heart.”