Glass is the creator, producer and host of This American Life and the editorial advisor to the renowned podcasts Serial and S-Town. Glass is at the helm of a public radio institution which captivates nearly four million listeners each week. He is one of America’s most compelling storytellers and was even named Time Magazine’s Best Radio Host in America. During this Granada Theatre performance, Glass will mix together audio clips, music and video to provide a unique look into his creative process and reveal what it truly takes to tell a great story.
Glass has led a long and exciting career. He created This American Life in Chicago in 1995 and it became so popular it went live to national audiences in early 1996. While under his direction, This American Life won five Peabody awards, the duPont-Columbia, the Murrow and the Overseas Press Club. The American Journalism Review even declared that the show is “at the vanguard of a journalistic revolution.” This American Life even ran on the small screen, getting two seasons on Showtime in 2007 and 2008. The show won three Emmys in its very short amount of time on air.
Glass and the crew of This American Life went on to create the program Serial which garners more than 10 million iTunes downloads per episode. He also produced Mike Birbiglia’s films Don’t Think Twice and Sleepwalk with Me.
Glass is so well regarded and excellent at his craft that he received the highest honor in public broadcasting, the Edward R. Murrow award. He has come a very long way from his beginnings interning at the National Public Radio’s headquarters in Washington DC in 1978. He worked in almost every facet of NPR’s office, from being a tape cutter, newscast writer, desk assistant, editor, reporter, and producer.
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— Lauren Bennett