Ira Glass at Benaroya Hall this fall

  • Tue May 1st, 2012 7:03pm

Herald staff

“This American Life” host Ira Glass will discuss the popular show Sept. 8 at Benaroya Hall.

In “Reinventing Radio,” Glass presents a fresh new talk about his program and how it’s put together. He’ll discuss what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for the show, and how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn’t usually do.

Mixing stories from the show live onstage with his narration, pretaped quotes and music, Glass recreates the sound of the show for this live audience. He also will take questions from the audience.

Named by Time magazine as the “Best Radio Show Host in America,” Glass is leading a journalistic revolution and bridging the generation gap as host of “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 more than 1.7 million listeners, including Seattle radio stations KUOW 94.9 and KPLU 88.5.

Under Glass’ editorial direction, “This American Life” has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence.

Tickets are $47, $38 or $25 and available through the Benaroya Hall Box Office, at 206-215-4747 or