Ira Glass, Host of NPR’s “This American Life,” Will Perform at DPAC at 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 24th

Ira Glass has hosted "The American Life" since it premiered in 1995 on WBEZ in Chicago
Ira Glass has hosted "The American Life" since it premiered in 1995 on WBEZ in Chicago

Ira Glass has hosted "The American Life" since it premiered in 1995 on WBEZ in Chicago
Ira Glass has hosted "The American Life" since it premiered in 1995 on WBEZ in Chicago

The Durham Performing Arts Center will present broadcaster, storyteller, and humorist Ira Glass, the 53-year-old host of “This American Life” on National Public Radio, at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 24th, in its brand-new, 2,700-seat, state-of-the-art theater, in the American Tobacco District in downtown Durham, NC. Glass will perform a 90-minute show, without intermission. DPAC‘s public radio partners for this event are WUNC 91.5 FM ( and WFDD 88.5 FM (

According to the Durham Performing Arts Center:

“The creator of the public radio show ‘This American Life’ [will talk] about his program and how it’s put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for their show, how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn’t usually do. As part of this, Glass mixes stories from the show, live onstage, combining his narration with pre-taped quotes and music, recreating the sound of the show as the audience watches. And he plays funny and memorable moments from the show, and talks about what was behind their creation.

Ira Glass is the host and creator of the public radio program ‘This American Life.’ The show premiered on Chicago’s public radio station WBEZ in 1995, and is now heard on more than 500 public radio stations each week by over 1.7 million listeners. Most weeks, the podcast of the program is the most popular podcast in America. The show also airs each week on the CBC in Canada and on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s radio network.

“Glass began his career as an intern at National Public Radio’s network headquarters in Washington, DC in 1978, when he was 19 years old. Over the years, he worked on nearly every NPR network news program and held virtually every production job in NPR’s Washington headquarters. He has been a tape cutter, newscast writer, desk assistant, editor, and producer. He has filled in as host of ‘Talk of the Nation’ and ‘Weekend All Things Considered.’

“Under Glass’s editorial direction, ‘This American Life’ has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including several Peabody and DuPont-Columbia awards. The American Journalism Review declared that the show is ‘at the vanguard of a journalistic revolution.’

“A television adaptation of ‘This American Life’ ran on the Showtime network for two seasons, in 2007 and 2008, winning three Emmy® Awards, including Outstanding Nonfiction Series. The show has put out its own comic book, three greatest hits compilations, DVDs of live shows and other events, a ‘radio decoder’ toy, temporary tattoos, and a paint-by-numbers set. Half a dozen stories are in development to become feature films.”

SECOND OPINION: March 24th Raleigh, NC News & Observer preview by Martha Quillin:; March 23rd Durham, NC Independent Weekly interview with Ira Glass, conducted by Zack Smith:; and March 22nd Durham, NC Duke Chronicle preview by Brian Contratto:

The Durham Performing Arts Center presents IRA GLASS at 8 p.m. March 24 at DPAC, in the American Tobacco District, at 123 Vivian St., Durham, North Carolina 27701.

TICKETS: $38.75-$49.50 (including fees).


DPAC Box Office: 919-680-ARTS (2787),, or

Ticketmaster: 800-745-3000 or







Ira Glass: (official web page), (Wikipedia), and (Internet Movie Database).

“This American Life”: (official web page) and (Wikipedia).


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