WBEZ | This American Life http://www.wbez.org/tags/american-life Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en This American Life to self-distribute program http://www.wbez.org/news/american-life-self-distribute-program-110244 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Screen Shot 2014-05-28 at 11.37.10 AM.png" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago Public Media&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/"><em>This American Life</em></a> will start independently distributing the radio show to more than 500 public radio stations, the company, along with show host Ira Glass, announced today.</p><p><em>This American Life</em>, which started in Chicago in 1995, and which went national in 1996, has been distributed by <a href="http://www.pri.org/">Public Radio International</a> since 1997. The radio show will now be delivered to radio stations by <a href="https://www.prx.org/about-us/what-is-prx">Public Radio Exchange</a>.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re excited and proud to be partners now with PRX,&rdquo; Glass said in a statement. &ldquo;They&rsquo;ve been a huge innovative force in public radio, inventing technologies and projects to get people on the air who&rsquo;d have a much harder time without them. They&rsquo;re mission-driven, they&rsquo;re super-capable and apparently they&rsquo;re pretty good with computers.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>PRX launched in 2003 as an independent nonprofit public media company focused on using technology to bring stories to a wider digital audience. The digital distribution platform operates one of the largest content marketplaces for audio, including <a href="http://themoth.org/radio"><em>The Moth Radio Hour</em></a>, <a href="http://stateofthereunion.com/"><em>State of the Re: Union</em></a>, <a href="http://snapjudgment.org/"><em>Snap Judgment</em></a>, <a href="http://americanroutes.wwno.org/"><em>American Routes</em></a> and <a href="http://www.wtfpod.com/"><em>WTF with Marc Maron</em></a>.</p><p>&ldquo;We are huge fans of <em>This American Life</em> and are thrilled to support their move to self-distribution on our platform,&rdquo; Jake Shapiro, CEO of PRX, said in a statement.&nbsp; &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had the privilege of working closely with Ira and team to develop <em>This American Life&rsquo;s</em> <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/listen/mobile">successful mobile apps</a>, and are honored to expand our partnership to the flagship broadcast.&rdquo;</p><p><em>This American Life</em> will take over aspects of self distribution from PRI, including selling underwriting as well as marketing the show to radio stations.</p><p><em>This American Life</em> is produced by Chicago Public Media and hosted by Ira Glass. It has a weekly audience of 2.2 million people on the radio and more than a million downloads per week as one of the most popular podcasts in the country.&nbsp;</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/takimoff" rel="author">Tim Akimoff</a> is the Director of Digital Content at WBEZ. You can follow him on <a href="https://twitter.com/timakimoff"> Twitter </a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/timakimoff"> Facebook </a></em></p></p> Wed, 28 May 2014 10:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/american-life-self-distribute-program-110244 Morning Shift: What other cities can learn from a Detroit success story http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-03/morning-shift-what-other-cities-can-learn-detroit <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Shinolas Detroit Flickr Sean Davis.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We take a look at a new Detroit company that is making a bet on local manufacturing and is counting on traditions of a Chicago factory to get there. Plus, why so many Illinoisans view political corruption as the norm.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-what-other-cities-can-learn-from-a-d/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-what-other-cities-can-learn-from-a-d.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-what-other-cities-can-learn-from-a-d" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: What other cities can learn from a Detroit success story" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 08:37:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2014-04-03/morning-shift-what-other-cities-can-learn-detroit This American Life changing distributors http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/american-life-changing-distributors-109899 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Ira Glass - Stuart Mullenberg (2)_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Yesterday WBEZ&#39;s <em>This American Life</em> announced that Public Radio International will no longer be the distributor of the show after June 2014. That&#39;s led to some confusion with listeners about what this means for them and how they&#39;ll get access to the show in the future.</p><p>A distributor oversees the sales, marketing and transmission of the show to other radio stations. <em>This American Life</em> will be working with a new distributor, which will be announced soon. Listeners will conitnue to get the show through their local public radio station during and after this transition.</p><p>This morning <em>This American Life</em> Host and Executive Producer Ira Glass&nbsp;<a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/blog/2014/03/leaving-pri">posted an update on the show&#39;s blog</a> explaining the change, which we&#39;ve posted below:</p><blockquote><p>We&rsquo;re leaving our distributor Public Radio International. What this means for listeners is ... nothing! We&rsquo;ll continue to make our radio show and podcast. The same public radio stations will continue to broadcast it. They just won&rsquo;t be getting it through PRI.</p><p>PRI has been a great partner. When we signed up with them in 1997, we were already on over a hundred public radio stations. It&rsquo;d taken us a year to get that many. In three months, PRI doubled the number. A miracle. Over the years since, they built that number to 587 stations.</p><p>But looking at where PRI is now pushing its business and where we&#39;re growing &ndash; especially on the digital side of things, which we&rsquo;ve always done without PRI &ndash; both we and our colleagues at PRI came to the same conclusion: to go our separate ways.</p><p>Most listeners I meet seem utterly unaware of who our distributor is, or they think &ndash; mistakenly &ndash; that we&rsquo;re part of NPR. NPR is the company that puts out Morning Edition and All Things Considered and many fine programs. But there are several other companies that distribute public radio shows around the country. Local public radio stations get shows from all of them.</p><p>We&rsquo;ll announce sometime soon what our new plan is to distribute the show to radio stations.</p></blockquote></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 09:56:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/american-life-changing-distributors-109899 A season of football at Harper High http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/season-football-harper-high-108974 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/10409969995_83336a9656.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>WBEZ education reporter Linda Lutton spent much of last fall at Harper High School as part of the <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/487/harper-high-school-part-one" target="_blank"><em>This American Life</em></a> reporting on that school and its violence-plagued community. Now, she takes us to meet Harper&#39;s football team. Get a glimpse of how Friday Night Lights feels when you&#39;re living in the shadow of gun violence. <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1u93wE2iqn-3-V3bIjWneZZe1kf66APjw1KytQe9IYDU/pub" target="_blank">Read the transcript.</a></p></p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 15:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/season-football-harper-high-108974 Harper High School kids meet the president: 'My whole body just got weak' http://www.wbez.org/news/harper-high-school-kids-meet-president-my-whole-body-just-got-weak-107599 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/harper-crop.jpg" title="Mayor Rahm Emanuel met with students Friday morning, just after they returned from their trip to the White House. (WBEZ/Linda Lutton)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F95926861" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>A bus full of students and staff from Harper High School returned to Chicago Friday morning from a visit to the White House. They were invited by First Lady Michelle Obama and got to meet the President as well.</p><p>The First Lady took an interest in the students after <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/487/harper-high-school-part-one">This American Life</a> aired <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/488/harper-high-school-part-two">episodes </a>about how the school has been dealing with gun violence in the Englewood neighborhood. Mrs. Obama <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-04-11/news/chi-first-lady-michelle-obama-to-visit-harper-high-20130409_1_michelle-obama-first-lady-gun-violence">met with them in Chicago in April</a>, then invited the students to her house.</p><p>&nbsp;Many of the students who went on the trip were featured in WBEZ&rsquo;s <em>This American Life </em>episodes:</p><p>Deonte, the student who has avoided street violence by staying inside the house all the time; &nbsp;</p><p>Antoryio, who has been shot at so often he has a strategy--he drops to the ground;</p><p>Thomas, who&rsquo;s seen multiple friends and family members shot and killed, including <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/education/weight-citys-violence-one-school-principal-100699">Harper student Shakaki Asphy</a>, who was gunned down a year ago this month.</p><p>Ten Harper High staff members were also along on the 15-hour coach bus ride to D.C.</p><p>Mayor Rahm Emanuel stopped by the South Side school Friday morning, joining in on the national attention being paid to Harper kids.</p><p>Meeting the president was the highlight of the trip, one boy told Emanuel.</p><p>&ldquo;As soon as he said, &lsquo;Hey, Harper!&rsquo; my whole body just got weak!&rdquo; he recounted.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/harper2.jpg" style="float: right;" title="Senior Cameron Littlejohn got his school uniform autographed by First Lady Michelle Obama. (WBEZ/Linda Lutton)" />The students said they were given a &ldquo;deluxe tour,&rdquo; introduced to everybody, from secret service agents to the White House chef. In addition to meeting with the president for 45 minutes privately, they got a shout out from him at an event with the Baltimore Ravens football team.</p><p>Harper Principal Leonetta Sanders says she appreciates that the First Lady has turned more of her attention to the issue of urban gun violence in recent months, and has made an effort to get to know Harper students.</p><p>&ldquo;She wanted to really just have a deep conversation with them, one-on-one, and just really hear their stories. But also, at the same time, to encourage students to keep going,&rdquo; Sanders said.</p><p>Many kids came home on a first-name basis with the president and First Lady, referring simply to &ldquo;Barack&rdquo; and &ldquo;Michelle.&rdquo;</p><p>Junior Sandelio Wright, who&rsquo;s been shot at on his walk to school, &nbsp;said he was moved by the whole trip, especially a night visit to the Lincoln Memorial. &nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;I was standing at the exact same spot where Martin Luther King did his speech, seeing the view that he saw. And it was gorgeous. It was reflecting off the water. And just knowing that he was standing right there talking to a million people. It was beautiful. I got a picture in my phone.&rdquo;</p><p>The Harper students also visited Howard University, where they met a student from their neighborhood who&rsquo;s now a Rhodes scholar working on her PhD.</p><p>The trip was paid for through donations collected by Chuck Smith, a Chicago attorney at the Skadden law firm. Smith had heard This American Life&rsquo;s reporting on Harper and was asked by Mayor Emanuel to raise money for the trip.</p><p>Principal Sanders, who has an unshakably positive outlook, hopes things like this trip--and the attention to her school--might slowly change the violence that has sent her to funeral after funeral for slain teenagers.</p><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s why we took a variety of students,&rdquo; said Sanders. &ldquo;We took <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/harper-high-boasts-two-gates-millennium-scholars-despite-school%E2%80%99s-struggle-violence-106785">Gates Scholars</a>, but at the same time we took some challenged students, who are in gangs and who are not on the right path. And what we hope to do is that we change those students to go another direction.&rdquo;</p><p>Sanders&rsquo; broader hope is that by changing students, they can change the neighborhood where those students are growing up.</p><p><em style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 22px;">Linda Lutton is an education reporter at WBEZ. Follow her&nbsp;<a href="http://www.twitter.com/WBEZeducation" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-style: inherit; font-variant: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline; text-decoration: none; color: rgb(0, 104, 150); outline: 0px;">@WBEZeducation</a></em></p></p> Fri, 07 Jun 2013 18:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/harper-high-school-kids-meet-president-my-whole-body-just-got-weak-107599 Ira Glass on Mike Daisey and the 'Retraction' episode of 'This American Life' http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-04/ira-glass-mike-daisey-and-retraction-episode-american-life-98345 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Ira%20Glass%20-%20Stuart%20Mullenberg%20%282%29.jpg" style="height: 402px; width: 600px;" title="Ira Glass (Stuart Mullenberg)"></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Ira Glass was back in the Prairie State last week to perform his "<a href="http://stcharles-il.patch.com/events/reinventing-radio-an-evening-with-ira-glass-live-at-the-arcada">Reinventing Radio</a>" show for the good folks of St. Charles, Ill. I spoke to him for <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-04/weekender-ira-glass-gambles-big-freedia-bounces-and-turtles-race-98151"><em>Weekender</em></a>&nbsp;to find out more about how he prepares to perform onstage in front of a live audience.&nbsp;</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1334771949-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Ira%20prep.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I also asked him about an ideal weekend in Chicago. I don’t know about you, but I was struck by how melancholy he sounds here as he talks about going for a walk by the water, which he doesn’t “do at all in [his] life now,” and about the nature of a “happy weekend like they used to be when I lived in Chicago.” This isn’t a revelation or anything - Glass has been candid before about his status as a “reluctant New Yorker” and how he’d return here if it wasn’t for the roots his producers have established in New York City. But it does seem to be a situation that weighs on him a bit.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1334772063-3" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Ira%20weekend.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>But the big topic on my mind was the <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/460/retraction">“Retraction”</a> episode of <em>This American Life</em>, which aired this past March 16. Daisey and Glass worked together closely to turn Daisey’s one-man show about conditions at the Foxconn plant in China into the radio episode “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory,” which first aired on Jan. 6, 2012. As most people now know, Daisey fabricated many details in his story and misrepresented his experiences to <em>This American Life</em> and other media outlets.</p><p>Like many I was riveted to my radio for the entire hour of “Retraction.” I thought it was an incredible conversation, and I was struck by how much effort <em>TAL </em>put into setting the record straight. I found it painful listening. Glass hasn’t really spoken about this with the media, so I took this opportunity to ask what, close to a month later, he thought about the interview and whether he’d spoken with Mike Daisey.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1334772101-5" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Ira%20on%20Mike%20Daisey%201.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>I also wanted to know whether he felt he’d gone too far in his confrontation with Daisey. By that I don’t mean he’d lost his temper or been rude. But there were moments when I felt like Daisey, however untruthful he’d been in his dealings with the show, was being subjected to a kind of stern judgment that made me feel uncomfortable. He had a different take – here’s our conversation.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1334772125-7" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Ira%20on%20Mike%20Daisey%202.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Glass ended by talking about one of the more "odd" elements of the interview - those incredibly long pauses between him and Daisey.</p><div class="mediaelement-audio"><audio class="mediaelement-formatter-identified-1334773855-9" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/Ira%20on%20show.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>So - did you go see Glass in St. Charles? What did you think about what he said about Daisey? I'm also curious to hear you thoughts about the "Retraction" episode, now that some time has passed (or if you're experiencing it for the first time). Share your thoughts below!</p></p> Wed, 18 Apr 2012 12:19:12 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-04/ira-glass-mike-daisey-and-retraction-episode-american-life-98345 Daily Rehearsal: Theatrical hubbub about Mike Daisey http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-19/daily-rehearsal-theatrical-hubbub-about-mike-daisey-97419 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-March/2012-03-19/RS5139_AP080907061529-scr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1. This <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2012/03/19/springsteen-nebraska-playwrights-directors-theater/">Changing Gears story</a> reminds us</strong></span></span> that the&nbsp;<a href="http://tympanictheatre.org/">Tympanic Theater Company</a> is opening a Bruce Springstreen play called<em> Deliver Us From Nowhere: Tales From Nebraska</em>. Micki Maynard reports that&nbsp;"It’s an evening of 10 short plays from 11 different playwrights and 10 different directors, each inspired by a song from the album. The show runs April 26 to May 20." Musicians will perform original work based on these plays, so will there actually be Springsteen music in it? It sounds like no.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. The hubbub over the revealed factual inaccuracies in the&nbsp;<em>This American Life</em> </strong></span></span>episode based on Mike Daisey's show <em>The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs</em> has not died down. Worthwhile highlights: the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-02-29/daily-rehearsal-mike-daisey-and-ira-glass-bring-steve-jobs-chicago-">Chicago Theatre discussion</a>&nbsp;with Daisey and Ira Glass has been cancelled.<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/business/media/theater-disguised-up-as-real-journalism.html?_r=3&amp;ref=business&amp;pagewanted=all"> David Carr discusses</a> the controversey in his piece entitled "<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/19/business/media/theater-disguised-up-as-real-journalism.html?_r=3&amp;ref=business&amp;pagewanted=all">Theater, Disguised as Real Journalism</a>." And the Facebook pages of theatrically minded individuals across the US have seemingly blown up in the debate over what's performance and what is fact. (Finally, an obvious disclaimer: <em>TAL</em> is a product of WBEZ.)</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. The <em>Chicago Tribune</em>'s Brian Boyer</strong></span></span> <a href="https://twitter.com/#%21/brianboyer/status/181755009652895745">draws a connection</a> between the Illinois primary and <em>Book of Mormon</em> tickets. Get it?</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. The pictures of <em>Hair</em></strong></span></span> at the Paramount look pretty...<em>Hair</em>-y.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2012-March/2012-03-19/Paramount_Hair_1.jpeg" style="width: 600px; height: 444px; " title="(Photo by Liz Lauren)"></p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Corn Productions'&nbsp;</strong></span></span><em><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>Tammy: A Coming of Age Story</strong></span></span> About a Girl Who is Part T-Rex </em>has been extended through April 7.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2012-03-19/daily-rehearsal-theatrical-hubbub-about-mike-daisey-97419 Ira Glass to take calls on the first episode of 'Afternoon Shift' http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-13/ira-glass-take-calls-first-episode-afternoon-shift-96345 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2012-February/2012-02-13/ira-glass_jpg_627x325_crop_upscale_q85[1].jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/rickymontalvo/3362371342/in/photostream/"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://www.wbez.org/sites/default/files/blog/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-13/3362371342_be12682937%5B1%5D.jpg" title="(Flickr/ricky montalvo)" height="332" width="500"></a></p><p>Back before <em>This American Life</em> moved to New York, every Friday night at 7 p.m., a small group of people would crowd into the studio at the end of the hall to watch Ira Glass perform the radio version of a tight-rope walk. As incredible an experience as that was, there wasn't much room for interaction during that hour. Glass was busy picking out music and sometimes switching to a different edit of a segment while it was playing on air.</p><div class="inset"><div class="insetContent"><p><span style="font-size:10px;">Listen to Ira Glass talk to Steve Edwards and listeners</span></p><p>&nbsp;</p><audio class="mejs mediaelement-formatter-identified-1332733767-1" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/sites/default/files/AfternoonShiftIraGlass.mp3">&nbsp;</audio></div></div><p>So today at 2 p.m. when he talks with Steve Edwards on <em>Afternoon Shift,</em> it might be the most access average listeners have had to actually talk with Glass. Sure, you could find the original formula for Coca-Cola, or snitch on your friends during a pledge drive, but I'm sure calling 312-923-9239 will be much, much easier.</p><p>If you haven't seen it already, here's the trailer for the movie Ira co-wrote with Mike Birbiglia, <em>Sleepwalk With Me</em>. It was <a href="http://twitchfilm.com/news/2012/01/sundance-2012-awards-beasts-of-the-southern-wild-the-surrogate-sleepwalk-with-me-take-top-prizes.php">a winner at Sundance</a> and you can help it get to theaters <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/sleepwalk-with-me">here</a>.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/oIjkheJJzEM" frameborder="0" height="315" width="560"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 13 Feb 2012 17:38:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-02-13/ira-glass-take-calls-first-episode-afternoon-shift-96345 Daily Rehearsal: Fall theater previews galore http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-14/daily-rehearsal-fall-theater-previews-galore-91964 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-14/timeoutfallpreview.JPG" alt="" /><p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>1. <em>Bus Stop</em>&nbsp;comes from <a href="http://www.raventheatre.com/">Raven Theatre</a> in <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-06-02/morning-rehearsal-chicago-theater-62-87319">October</a></strong></span></span>, and it sounds romantic: "Trapped by a blustery winter storm, wayward travelers converge at a rural Kansas City diner. Forced to stay the night, the weary group turns the cold into heat as they discover new relationships." In a statement, director JoAnn Montemurro said,&nbsp;“Raven's mission is to present plays that illuminate the American experience and you can't get more American than cowboys and a showgirl stranded in Kansas."</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>2.&nbsp;</strong></span></span><span style="font-size: 10pt; line-height: 150%; font-family: 'Verdana','sans-serif';"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>Stage Left Theatre has announced the recipients</strong></span></span> of their Downstage Left playwright residencies for the 30th season. They say that "this season represents the start of a larger scale restructuring of the program's resources towards extended development opportunities." This was the first year they had an open application process, and the residencies that won include&nbsp;</span><i>Warped</i>&nbsp;by Barbara Lhota and&nbsp;<i>Witches Vanish</i>&nbsp;by Claudia Barnett. <em>Warped </em>feels a little ripped from the headlines; it's about a drunk woman who is reportedly raped by police officers that drove her home. And <em>Witches Vanish</em> retells Macbeth.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-14/timeoutfallpreview.JPG" style="margin: 10px; float: right; width: 300px; height: 402px;" title="Justin Timberlake doesn't do theater, but the people inside do"><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Strawdog also opens their new season in October</strong></span></span>, with <i><a href="http://www.strawdog.org/index.php?section=history&amp;production=oldtimes">Old Times</a></i>. That may sound familiar to you, and but don't get it confused with <em>Old Town</em>, the play the company put on in October. Kimberly Senior last did <em>The Cherry Orchard</em>, which you also might recall did pretty well, review-wise.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;"><strong>4. I'm catching up on <em>This American Life</em></strong></span></span>, so this is new news to me; their September 5 episode (originally aired in 2003, so it's really old) called "<a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/radio-archives/episode/241/20-acts-in-60-minutes">20 Acts in 60 Minutes</a>" was inspired by the Neo-Futurists. TAL throws their usual structure on their heads (long-form audio stories) to bring you short short little pieces, like <em>Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind</em>, which famously performs 30 plays in 60 minutes once a week.&nbsp;Of course, lots of radio does this every week (like radio news, for example), but I guess that doesn't make the gimmick less exciting. If you'd like to listen to just this one the piece during the show, it's the last one before the first break.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size: 14px;"><strong><span style="font-family: georgia,serif;">5. Fall preview season is upon us</span></strong></span>, and the latest from <em>Chicago Magazine</em> and <em>TimeOut </em>have hit my desk. <em>Chicago Magazine</em> steals a bit from <em>New York Magazine </em>and creates an "Anticipation Index" of what they're excited about, gives us "Promising Players", a look at five young people being talented, a glimpse at the difficiculties of putting on a solo show, and an interview with Patrick Andrews, the younger star of <em>Red</em>. <em>TimeOut </em>has a look at the <em>six </em>local companies with new artistic directors, the headshots of the actors for <em>Spring Awakening</em>, the story behind the new space for the Black Ensemble Theater Cultural center, and a Q&amp;A with Kate Fry, the star of Sarah Ruhl's <em>In the Next Room or the vibrator play</em>.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email <a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Wed, 14 Sep 2011 14:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/onstagebackstage/2011-09-14/daily-rehearsal-fall-theater-previews-galore-91964 This American Life: Break-Up http://www.wbez.org/story/american-life-break-89724 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-July/2011-07-27/h339_lg.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Host Ira Glass talks with Lauren Waterman, who's in the middle of a break-up right now and grappling with totally contradictory feelings. She wants her boyfriend to call, but also—maybe a little bit—doesn't want him to call. She misses him and doesn't want to stop thinking about him...but also does all of this elaborate math to calculate the day she'll finally be over him.<span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span><br> &nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 27 Jul 2011 19:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/american-life-break-89724