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Nov. 24, 2004

Radio Host Ira Glass To Speak At UI

Ira Glass, host of the celebrated public radio program "This American Life," will speak at the University of Iowa at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5 in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union.

Glass' lecture is free and open to the public.

As host and producer of the documentary public radio program This American Life, Glass focuses on the details of life that often go unobserved. Sidestepping sensationalism, Glass and his staff serve up narrative epics that pinpoint, in the tradition of Studs Terkel, the unusual and poetic in the everyday. This American Life addresses one theme each week, exploring it from various points of view. It has become an enduring favorite on public radio across the country.

This American Life premiered on Chicago's public radio station WBEZ in late 1995 and is now heard on more than 470 public radio stations each week by more than 1.7 million listeners.

Locally, This American Life can be heard on WSUI radio, 910 AM, at 8 p.m. Saturdays, and a rebroadcast at 11 a.m. Sundays.

Glass began his career as an intern at National Public Radio's network headquarters in Washington, D.C. 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.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010,