Thursday, May 30, 2013
Preview: NPR’s Ira Glass takes radio onstage Saturday at the Winspear
His acclaimed segment This American Life has been on air for 18 years.
DALLAS First and foremost, Ira Glass, creator and journalist behind NPR's This American Life Series, is a storyteller. His appearance at the Winspear Opera House on Saturday, though, will offer listeners of his radio segment an unconventional experience.
In a recent interview with Dallas Morning News writer Claire Wiseman, Glass explains that during Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass, patrons of the show will witness what it takes to put together a radio spot -- what works and why certain pieces get nixed. As Glass paces the stage, iPad in hand, he will mix pre-recorded sounds and quotes behind live storytelling, essentially modernizing this arguably outdated media.
"The mission of the show from the beginning was to invent a new way to do stories on the radio and also to invent a kind of public radio that people who can’t stand public radio would be able to stand,” he recently told The Dallas Morning News.
While this concept is somewhat revolutionary, Glass admits it loses the inherent charm of radio. Frankly, he believes what he creates for the crowd will not be as exciting as what they might imagine by just listening to the broadcast. But whether it's audible or visual, Glass believes a good story is one worth telling. That's why he has been doing This American Life consistently since 1995.
"Part of this is just me explaining why we’re making a show that’s so different from anything else on the radio," he said.
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