LIES, SISSIES & FIASCOES: NOTES ON MAKING A NEW KIND OF RADIO
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2004 AT 8PM
Ira Glass, the familiar voice of public radio's This American Life, will narrate humorous and introspective stories about everyday American life in person at the State Theatre on December 4, 2004 at 8:00pm. An Evening with Ira Glass will take you into the studio with Ira Glass as he shares a variety of stories in the vein of This American Life ┐ some fictional, some documentary, all about everyday life in this America ┐ and his own observations on radio storytelling. The performance, called "Lies, Sissies & Fiascoes: Notes on Making a New Kind of Radio," will be followed by audience questions. Tickets are on sale at the Clinton House Ticket Center (607-273-4497) and its outlets, or online at www.statetheatreofithaca.com. Ticket prices are $27 and $32; for WSKG members $22 and $27; and for students $15 and $19. All seating is reserved.
As host and producer of the documentary public radio program This American Life, Ira Glass focuses on the details of life that often go unobserved. Sidestepping sensationalism, Glass and his staff serve up narrative epics that pinpoint, in the tradition of Studs Terkel, the unusual and poetic in the everyday. This American Life addresses one theme each week, exploring it from various points of view. It has become an enduring favorite on public radio across the country.
This American Life had its premiere on Chicago┐s public radio station WBEZ in late 1995 and is now heard on more than 470 public radio stations each week by over 1.7 million listeners.
"What we look for in putting the show together are stories that we love, truly love. We have the themes because mostly, they make it sound like there's a reason to hear a story about, say, a contest where everyone stands around a truck for days until one person is left standing... or a grown woman who discovers that her elderly Chinese father is trying to procure a mail order bride from China... or a man who's obsessed with Niagara Falls, lives minutes from the Falls, writes and thinks about the Falls all the time, but who can't bring himself to actually visit the Falls, because 'they've ruined the Falls'."
Under Glass┐s editorial direction, This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including the Peabody and DuPont-Columbia awards, as well as the Robert F. Kennedy Award. The American Journalism Review and Brill┐s Content have declared that the show is "at the vanguard of a journalistic revolution." It has attracted continuous national media attention over the years, including features in The New York Times, Vogue, Entertainment Weekly, and numerous other publications. Ira Glass has made appearances on Late Show with David Letterman and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. In 2001, Time magazine named Glass "Best Radio Host in America."