Ira Glass is the host and creator of the public radio program This American Life. The show is heard each week by over 5 million listeners on public radio stations and podcast.
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. He put This American Life on the air in 1995. He also served as an editor for the groundbreaking podcasts Serial, S-Town and Nice White Parents.
Under Glass's editorial direction, This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including seven Peabody awards and the first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded for audio journalism. In 2021 This American Life episode ‘The Giant Pool of Money’ was inducted into the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry, the first podcast ever so honored.
Times of Israel: Master storytellers: Ira Glass and Etgar Keret share the secrets of their craft (2022)
Guardian: This American Life’s Ira Glass: ‘We do stories where we think: that seems messed up’ (2022)
Guardian: 'The first week was mayhem' – how This American Life revolutionised radio (2020)
New York Times: 7 Great ‘This American Life’ Episodes for Thanksgiving (2020)
New York Times: ‘This American Life,’ Now a Pulitzer Winner, Is Once More a Pioneer (2020)
GQ: Ira Glass Talks High Maintenance and What Taking Ecstasy Taught Him (2020)
New York Review of Books: ‘To Get Things More Real’: An Interview with Ira Glass (2019)
Vancouver Sun: Ira Glass having a gas touring Seven Things I Have Learned (2018)
Hollywood Reporter: 'Come Sunday' (2018)
AV Club: Ira Glass on doing magic tricks, Brad Pitt, and Emerson, Lake & Palmer (2016)