Ira Gives Teens Advice and Makes Balloon animals
As part of its Ask a Grown series, Rookie Magazine had Ira shared some of his children’s-entertainment skills while answering reader questions.
Sleepwalk With Me
When an aspiring stand-up fails to express his true feelings, his anxiety comes out in increasingly funny and dangerous sleepwalking incidents.
Commencement Speech at Goucher College
Ira gives a commencement speech denouncing the very idea of commencement speeches. He also tries to give helpful pointers to the grads.
The Invisible Made Visible
David Sedaris, David Rakoff, Tig Notaro, Glynn Washington, Terry Gross, Mike Birbiglia, Ryan Knighton, dance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, music by OK Go (who created an app so the audience could play along with the band).
Fresh Air 2: 2 Fresh 2 Furious
Mike Birbiglia directed this short film — starring him and Fresh Air host Terry Gross — for our “Invisible Made Visible” live show.
Ira Explains How Producing Movies Sucks
Ira writes: “I did this interview in the press tour for Sleepwalk with Me. Every now and then, I run into someone who makes movies – or tries to make them – who tells me how much they related to it.”
Chris Ware: The Cameraman
Chris Ware and animator John Kuramoto made two cartoons for the TV version of our radio show. This is the first.
An animation about “Toxie,” a toxic asset that reporters from Planet Money bought in 2010.
Bet Against the American Dream
This is a tribute to the song "We Can Do It" from The Producers where Nathan Lane explains his unlikely get-rich-quick scheme. Written by Robert Lopez (Book of Mormon, Frozen) to describe the financial deal in our episode "Inside Job."
Chris Ware: Every Marriage Is a Courthouse
The second cartoon Chris Ware and John Kuramoto made for our TV show, animating a story told by Radiolab host Robert Krulwich and his wife, Tamar.
Ira Glass on Storytelling
Ira writes: “Somehow, this interview I did with Current TV long ago became so well-known among creative types, that sometimes it feels more famous than our radio show.”
Law And Order: BFD
A video put together by David Rakoff and Dave Hill for our Spring 2009 event, "This American Life -- Live!"
Return to the Scene of the Crime
Dan Savage, David Rakoff, and Mike Birbiglia. Plus: Joss Whedon sings!
Ira on Letterman
Ira talks about our “Poultry Slam” episodes and one particular listener’s reaction.