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Ira Glass, host of "This American Life," provides a behind the scenes view of his show in lecture at Vassar, February 15, 2011.

POUGHKEEPSIE, NY—On Tuesday, February 15, Ira Glass, the host and producer of “This American Life,” will deliver the annual Alex Krieger ’95 Memorial Lecture at Vassar College. His talk, “Radio Stories & Other Stories,” will begin at 8:00pm in the Students’ Building (second floor). Free and open to the public, seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

Glass’ presentation will offer a behind the scenes view of his nationally broadcast public radio show and his Showtime series. He will provide the audience a chance to look under the hood of his public radio broadcast, showing what makes for a compelling radio story and what doesn’t.

Glass will dissect the process of taking raw material—monologues, interviews, recorded events—and through careful editing and added music, show how he’s able to create compelling narratives. He will also retrace the path that led him to becoming a storyteller. Glass will play clips from his program and recreate the sound of his radio show onstage, with music and quotes and sound.

About the Speaker 

Ira Glass began working in public radio in 1978, when he was 19, as an intern at NPR's headquarters in Washington, DC. Over the next 17 years, he worked on nearly every NPR news show and did nearly every production job they had: tape-cutter, desk assistant, newscast writer, editor, producer, reporter, and substitute host. He spent a year in a high school for NPR, and a year in an elementary school, filing stories for All Things Considered. He moved to Chicago in 1989 and put This American Life on the air in 1995.

About This American Life 

A weekly hour-long radio program, “This American Life” is hosted and produced by Ira Glass. Produced by Chicago Public Radio and distributed by  Public Radio International the show is also available via podcasts. Each episode has a theme and provides the audience a chance to hear people in dramatic situations - with both humorous and emotional moments as well as surprising, interesting discussions. The segments feature essays, memoirs, field recordings, short fiction, and found footage. For two seasons on Showtime, the televised “This American Life” aired and won three Emmy Awards. From January 10th - April 4th, 2011, Current TV will re-air the series.

About the Alex Krieger ’95 Memorial Lecture 

This annual lecture series is given each spring in memory of a Vassar student, Alex Krieger, who was killed in an automobile accident during the spring of his freshman year. One of Krieger’s keenest interests was distinguished American writing that incorporates humor as a primary element. In consultation with his family, Vassar has invited outstanding American writers and humorists as such Tom Wolfe, Wendy Wasserstein, John Irving, P. J. O’Rourke, Calvin Trillin, Jules Fieffer, Oliver Sacks, Tony Kushner, David Sedaris, Michael Chabon, Sarah Vowell, Gail Collins, Augesten Burroughs, and, most recently, Frank Rich.  

Individuals with disabilities requiring accommodations at Vassar should contact the Office of Campus Activities at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space and/or assistance may not be available. Directions to the Vassar campus are available at www.vassar.edu/directions.

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Friday, February 4, 2011