Starting off Monday the right way.
Public Radio workouts kick you into shape!
via the Onion
One Halloween, David Sedaris decided to skip all the fake monsters and ghosts and zombies and visit the real thing: Dead people. In a morgue.
David Sedaris reads one of my favorite essays (from When You Are Englufed in Flames) on This American Life where he visits a morgue on Halloween. His poem inspired by the photo of “extensive mold on the face of a recluse,” is not one to miss.
Because we love you and because it’s Friday we’re giving you a gift:
Ira Glass of This American Life explains how to make balloon animals.
The book that the late David Rakoff completed just before he passed away last August, Love, Dishonor, Marry, Die, Cherish, Perish, will be published on July 16. It sounds wonderful.
Ira Glass to The New York Times:
Its dirty little secret is that David was probably a better novelist than he was an essayist. I mean, he was a great essayist, famous and all that, but that came so hard to him, and I think writing this, writing drama, gave him so much more pleasure.
Soon Fresh Air will be hosting Amy Schumer to discuss her new show Inside Amy Schumer on Comedy Central. Above, a skit from the show where Schumer plays the cancer card after hearing one of the writers, Tig Notaro, has cancer. Notaro actually did have cancer and her life-changing stand-up routine about her diagnosis with breast cancer and her mother’s death led Louis C.K. to say, “The show was an amazing example of what comedy can be. A way to visit your worst fears and laugh at them.” Her routine later made an appearance on This American Life, which is what made Fresh Air interested in bringing her on the show. It was a really great interview.
For good measure, a Fresh Air interview with Louis C.K. about Notaro’s routine.
Approval Matrix rating: Solidly brilliant and lowbrow.
This is getting printed out and going up in the cubicle.
Check out Tig Notaro’s story for This American Life about repeatedly running into Taylor Dayne, who for those who don’t know or may not remember, was a pop star in the late 80s and early 90s.
Have fun with @thisamerlife until Tuesday, Internet! They’ll be running this Tumblr here for the next few days.
CubeDude Ira Glass (by MacLane)
Exciting news! I am taking off Thursday and Friday to move and on Monday to watch my little brother Steven graduate from Jefferson Medical School. (Yay Steven!)
But the Tumblr is not going dark!! For the next few days, the squad from This American Life will be guest-Tumblring! I have no idea what they are going to post! But how awesome is that?!
Seems like our Tumblr audience would want to know about this: This American Life is hosting a live show on Thursday night which will be beamed live via satellite to more than 500 movie theaters around the US and Canada. (So you don’t have to be in NYC to go.)
Act 1: Get your theater tickets here
Act 2: Drive to theater
Act 3: Ira Glass, David Sedaris and pals entertain you with radio, film, music, stories and dance.
Tomorrow, we celebrate Philip Glass’ 75th birthday. Tomorrow, we celebrate Philip Glass’ 75th birthday. Tomorrow, we celebrate Philip Glass’ 75th birthday. Tomorrow, we celebrate Philip Glass’ 75th birthday. With an interview conducted by his cousin Ira Glass. With an interview conducted by his cousin Ira Glass. With an interview conducted by his cousin Ira Glass. With an interview conducted by his cousin Ira Glass. You know, the guy from This American Life. You know, the guy from This American Life. You know, the guy from This American Life. You know, the guy from This American Life. They’re cousins. They’re cousins. They’re cousins. They’re cousins.
This American Life
In this show, we return to people who’ve been on This American Life in the last ten years, whose lives were drastically altered by 9/11, including Hyder Akbar, an Afghan-American teen who moved to Afghanistan after his father was tapped to become governor of Kunar province there.
This American Life’s Sept 11 show.
In honor of National Radio Day: the list of my top 10 Public Radio Programs that was in my short-lived (read: two issue) high school zine. Still pretty accurate. (Note: ranking is basically random past #3)
- Wait! Wait! Don’t Tell Me (DUH)
- This American Life (close second)
- A Prairie Home Companion (Garrison Keillor, you complete me)
- Says You!
- [American] Radio Works
- Studio 360
- Selected Shorts
- Fresh Air
- Anything Jay Allison does (kind of a cop out, but the man is a public radio producin’ genius and hotwired into my soul)
- City Arts and Lectures
Public radio is the business, y’all.
I totally forgot about National Radio Day. (It was Saturday.) We are honored to be #8 on your list. (Very nice penmanship.)