Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Ira Glass to tell a story or two

Popular radio personality to talk at Community Campus

Express Staff Writer

Photo by Stuart Mullenberg Ira Glass, host of the PBS radio show “This American Life” will give a talk at the Community Campus in Hailey on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m.

When one is listening to Ira Glass, the world seems smaller and more manageable. Glass is the host of the popular radio show "This American Life," which chronicles the everyday life of Americans.

Glass will bring his interesting perspective to the Community Campus in Hailey on Saturday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for Sun Valley Center for the Arts members and $35 for nonmembers.

The event will kick off this fall's Sun Valley Center for the Arts Lecture Series.

Glass' signature nasal voice and offbeat point of view have made him a popular radio voice personality.

Each week, "This American Life," presents stories centered around a different theme. Popular episodes have examined summer camp, babies who were switched at birth, what it's like to attend America's top party school and two days in the life of a rest stop on the New York State Thruway.

"The stories Glass chooses remind me how important, curious and funny daily life can be," said Britt Udesen, The Center's director of education and humanities. "The show has also taught me a great deal about important national events and crises by making them human and comprehensible. While he is best known for presenting quirky shows, the most memorable shows for me have been about Katrina, the economy and the war in Iraq."

Glass started in public radio in 1978 as an intern at National Public Radio's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Over the next 17 years, he worked on nearly every NPR news program and did nearly every production job: tape-cutter, desk assistant, newscast writer, editor, producer, reporter and substitute host.

In 1995, Glass premiered "This American Life" on station WBEZ in Chicago. The program was quickly picked up for national distribution by Public Radio International and is heard on 500 radio stations by about 1.7 million listeners each week. It is often the most popular podcast in America,, with more than half a million people downloading each episode. Under Glass's direction, the show has won the highest honors of broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including several Peabody and duPont-Columbia awards.

To purchase series or individual tickets for Glass or any other lecture, visit, call 726-9491, ext. 10 or stop by The Center in Ketchum.

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