Oct 12, 2011

Journalist, storyteller and humorist Ira Glass will make an appearance at DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center on March 24th, 2012.

Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass

Radio Producer and Host of This American Life


October 12, 2011 (Durham, NC) — Journalist, storyteller and humorist Ira Glass will make an appearance at DPAC, Durham Performing Arts Center on March 24th, 2012.

The creator of the public radio show This American Life talks 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.

Tickets go on sale to the public beginning Friday, October 21st at 10am:

• Online at DPACnc.com

• DPAC TicketCenter: 919.680.2787,  123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC

• Ticketmaster.com / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.745.3000

• Ticketmaster outlets including Crabtree Valley Mall

Tickets start at $32*. Friends of DPAC members may place their orders on Wednesday, October 19th. Joining the Friends of DPAC is free, and you can register at www.DPACnc.com/friendofdpac. Fans should check local listings for updated tour and ticketing information.

“I look forward to listening to Ira Glass every Saturday on WUNC91,5FM North Carolina Public Radio,” said Linda Charlton director of marketing for DPAC. “So you can only image how excited I am to listen, laugh and learn from this entertaining storyteller during his talk at DPAC.”

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.

Glass is married and owns a disturbingly allergic dog.

DPAC's upcoming lineup includes Joe Walsh and special guest The Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band (Oct 18) and Willie Nelson (Oct 20). For more information about these and all DPAC shows please visit www.dpacnc.com.

*(plus added convenience and handling charges depending on place of purchase).