Thursday, May 8, 2008

This American Life

This American Life is a weekly hour-long radio program hosted by Ira Glass. It's primarily a journalistic non-fiction program, although it has also featured essays, memoirs, field recordings, short fiction, and found footage. Each week's show loosely centers on a particular theme. Content varies widely by episode, and stories are often told as first-person narratives. The mood of the show ranges from gloomy to ironic, from thought-provoking to hilarious. Often This American Life features stories which explore aspects of human nature, such as "Kid Logic", which presented pieces on the faulty reasoning of children.

A television program sharing the name and basic structure of the radio program airs on the Showtime cable network, and features Ira Glass as the host and executive producer and featuring one of my favorite artists, Chris Ware, author of Jimmy Corrigan: The Smartest Kid On Earth. And if you thought what you heard above wasn't awesome enough, here is one of his pieces that illustrate these beautiful stories.

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