WBEZ | Ira Glass http://www.wbez.org/tags/ira-glass Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: October 29, 2015 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-29/morning-shift-october-29-2015-113554 <p><p>These days, uniformed police officers are the norm for lots of schools. And, by now, we&rsquo;ve all seen the shocking video of the South Carolina school cop who forcibly removed a female student from the classroom after she refused a teacher&rsquo;s order. We talk about <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-29/police-role-school-disciplinary-process-113552">cops in schools</a> &mdash; the role that they play, the limits they should have and whether it&rsquo;s a good idea to have them there in the first place. Plus, a <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-29/book-soul-food-highlights-connection-civil-rights-movement-113550">soul food tour</a> of the south...with a few stops up north. And we hear the details of the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-29/breaking-down-mayor%E2%80%99s-budget-113551">budget </a>passed by Chicago&#39;s city council Wednesday. And a conversation with <a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-29/wbez-25-ira-looks-back-113553">Ira Glass</a> about the evolution of his radio show, This American Life.</p></p> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:52:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-29/morning-shift-october-29-2015-113554 WBEZ 25: Ira looks back http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-29/wbez-25-ira-looks-back-113553 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Ira Glass - Stuart Mullenberg (2) web.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/iraglass?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor">Ira Glass</a> and <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/">This American Life</a> don&rsquo;t just dominate in radio. They&rsquo;ve dabbled in TV, made writers more household names and Ira is even doing some dancing now. <a href="https://twitter.com/ThisAmerLife">TAL</a> has been on the air for two decades &mdash; almost as long as the anniversary WBEZ is celebrating this year, 25 years as an independent station.</p><p>Ira reminds us how TAL came to be and the evolutions the show has gone through.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 29 Oct 2015 12:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-10-29/wbez-25-ira-looks-back-113553 Jessica Abel’s new book reveals the Secrets of the New Masters of Radio http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-26/jessica-abel%E2%80%99s-new-book-reveals-secrets-new-masters-radio-112729 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/out on the wire.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When WBEZ brought This American Life to the airwaves nearly 20 years ago, Ira Glass and his team used personal stories to make complex ideas and issues come alive using a method called narrative radio. TAL spawned a revolution that brought fact-based journalism and storytelling together...and creative folks have turned subjects like science and business into must-hear and must-download programs for millions of people each week. Cartoonist and writer Jessica Abel has has written a new graphic book called &ldquo;Out On The Wire: The Storytelling Secrets of the New Masters of Radio&rdquo; that takes you inside these programs and explains how they draw you in and keep you glued.</p></p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 11:43:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-08-26/jessica-abel%E2%80%99s-new-book-reveals-secrets-new-masters-radio-112729 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 Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia brawl with Joss Whedon, in the Internet way http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/ira-glass-and-mike-birbiglia-brawl-joss-whedon-internet-way-101818 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Whedon1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>It all started with Joss Whedon, best known for many years as the man who brought you <em>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</em>.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pj6_020FFXU" width="560"></iframe></p><p>Whedon&#39;s become more well-known for his blockbuster hit <em>The Avengers</em>, but seems is worried that <em>Sleepwalk with Me</em>, the new movie that comedian Mike Birbiglia and Ira Glass wrote together, might take a run for his <a href="http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2012/08/16/the-avengers-sequel-coming-in-2015/">third-highest-grossing-film</a>-of-all-time-title.</p><p>Birbiglia and Glass then responded to Whedon&#39;s vitriol by laying out a complex plan to get their movie to make money than <em>The Avengers</em>.</p><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="360" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/3Cu6pG7kIQM" width="480"></iframe></p><p>In Chicago, <em>Sleepwalk with Me</em> <a href="http://www.musicboxtheatre.com/events/sleepwalk-with-me-2012-08-31-700-pm">plays at the Music Box</a>. Don&#39;t live in Chicago? Find a way <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/blog/2012/07/our-movie-needs-you">to see the movie</a>.</p></p> Mon, 20 Aug 2012 11:47:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-08/ira-glass-and-mike-birbiglia-brawl-joss-whedon-internet-way-101818 Cultural events to take you from July to August http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/cultural-events-take-you-july-august-101292 <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/summer%20sprinkler.jpg" style="height: 431px; width: 640px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px;" title="Beat the heat in August with plays and poetry. (Flickr/like, totally)" /></div><p>Wow, can you say August? It felt like every other store I hit up this weekend was having a half-off sale, clearing out the summer stock. As we enter the ninth and traditionally hottest month this week, it&rsquo;s clear your opportunities for artsy outings are nowhere near done, but here are a few things to hit up while the summer&rsquo;s still ripe.<br /><br />1. <a href="http://www.chicagoshakes.com/main.taf?p=2,86">Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks</a> kicked off this past Sunday with what the good folks at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre are calling their first &ldquo;city-wide&rdquo; tour of open-air Shakespeare. This week alone you can catch live performances of <em>The Taming of the Shrew</em> in the Chesterfield, Pilsen, Humboldt, Lawndale and Austin neighborhoods for free. <a href="http://www.chicagomag.com/Chicago-Magazine/The-312/July-2012/Austin-Chicagos-Deadliest-Neighborhood/">Austin often makes the news</a> because of violence in the community, but it has also been heating up culturally this summer. A new, <a href="http://chicagowestsidemusicfestival.com/">three-part music festival</a> kicked off in July, and I&rsquo;ve heard rumor that the City&#39;s 2012 World Music Festival will host an event in the neighborhood. Confirmation could come this week - Mary May of DCASE said by email that the department is &ldquo;working&rdquo; to get the schedule out this week.<br /><br />2. Tuesday at the People&#39;s Palace: aka the Chicago Cultural Center is the final town hall gathering public reaction to the draft <a href="http://www.chicagoculturalplan2012.com/">Chicago Cultural Plan</a>. You&rsquo;ll review the plan&rsquo;s priorities, recommendations and initiatives with a lightning round of online voting via transponder, followed by lengthier discussion during the group break-out session. <a href="http://www.chicagoculturalplan2012.com/">You&rsquo;re encouraged to RSVP </a>but the event is public and kicks off at 6. Get there early to snag a seat.<br /><br />3. If you like a little politics with your art, check out<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/118301534981103/"> &ldquo;Poetry, Prose and Politics.&rdquo;</a> The event is tonight, and features Congresswoman Gwen Moore reading some of her original poems, as well as &ldquo;fun performances&rdquo; from Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky and Chicago City Clerk Susana Mendoza. If you&rsquo;ve got a hankering for a little Kahlil Gibran, head to the<a href="http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/2/1520605/restaurant/River-North/Blue-Frogs-Local-22-Chicago"> Blue Frog&#39;s Local 22</a>&nbsp;at 5:30. Meanwhile the Illinois Humanities Council hosts <a href="http://www.prairie.org/events/25969/social-justice-happy-hour">&ldquo;A Social Justice Happy Hour,&rdquo;</a> which involves drinking and storytelling by local activists and artists, including <em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/encyclopedia-show-0">The Encyclopedia Show&rsquo;s </a></em>Robbie Q. Telfer. BYOB, food provided. The event&rsquo;s at local music venue/coffee shop Township, from 5-8 pm.<br /><br />4. Oak Park native and Rookie publisher Tavi Gevinson was the subject of <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/29/fashion/tavi-gevinson-the-oracle-of-girl-world.html?pagewanted=all">yet another profile </a>in this weekend&rsquo;s <em>New York Times</em>, including the obligatory nod to media mentor/impresario Ira Glass. The latest angle: As Gevinson grows up, could she age out of her celebritude? Scintillating.<br /><br />5. This is a story many Chicago musicians can relate to, sadly.<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-06/chicago-jazz-drummer-frank-rosaly-gets-touch-his-puerto-rican-roots-99857"> Local jazz drummer Frank Rosaly&rsquo;s</a> car was stolen recently, and some of his equipment was in the trunk. &nbsp;What he&#39;s lost:</p><ul><li>&quot;21ish&quot; Istanbul 30th anniversary ride</li><li>18&quot; Zilco (from the &#39;40s) with a couple rivets</li><li>14&quot; &#39;70&#39;s Zildjian hihats thin side has a few rivets</li><li>a big box of lightweight dw hardware</li><li>giant stickbag with exactly 1,000 sticks/brushes/etc . &nbsp;</li></ul><p>If you see any of it on craigslist or eBay or elsewhere, you can contact Rosaly<a href="http://frankrosaly.com/"> here.</a><br /><br />6. RIP, <a href="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/culture-obituaries/film-obituaries/9439368/Chris-Marker.html">Chris Marker</a>, a lover of cats, cinematic time traveler and truly visionary filmmaker.&nbsp;</p></p> Mon, 30 Jul 2012 12:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-07/cultural-events-take-you-july-august-101292 Daily Rehearsal: Applications for Garage Rep 2013 now open http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-applications-garage-rep-2013-now-open-98380 <p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>1.&nbsp;Brian Dennehy</strong></span></span> was <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/mark-bazer/2012-04/actor-brian-dennehy-iceman-cometh-98336">on <em>The Interview Show</em></a> and charmed the pants off of Mark Bazer.</p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/HitTheWall_01.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 199px; " title="'Hit the Wall' (Photo by Ryan Bourque)"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>2. <a href="http://steppenwolf.org/garagerep2013">Garage Rep</a> applications</strong></span></span>&nbsp;are now being accepted. Considering <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/bez/2012-03-09/daily-rehearsal-more-hit-wall-shows-added-97121">the success of<em> Hit the Wall</em></a>, it seems likely that people might be even more encouraged to do 2013's season. If your company wants some Garage Rep action, feel free to&nbsp;&nbsp;"attend an informational meeting at 6pm on April 23, 2012 in the Garage Theatre (1624 N Halsted St); members of Steppenwolf’s artistic staff discuss the application and selection process, and Garage Rep alumni share their experiences." Applications are due at 5 pm on June 1, 2012.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>3. Chris Hardwick took </strong></span></span><a href="http://www.timeoutchicago.com/things-to-do/chicago-blog/15278846/the-nerdist-live-at-the-vic-review"><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong><em>The Nerdist Live</em></strong></span></span> to the Vic</a>. If you want to know every single joke they made, read this <em>TimeOut </em>review. We do get to know that&nbsp;"the Nerdist hosts exuded an air of approachability, an unlikely yet fitting byproduct of the cult following which they have obtained. Unfiltered by earbuds, the show yielded charmingly candid observations in addition to a bevy of topical quips."&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>4. The <a href="http://www.chicagoimprovfestival.org/web/index2.php">Chicago Improv Festival</a> </strong></span></span>is next week; it runs from April 23 through 29. The <a href="http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/its-just-spring-and-the-world-is-improv-luscious/Content?oid=6089390"><em>Reader</em> delivers</a>&nbsp;highlights, some of whom are local and you can see whenever, and some of whom are from Russia or Ohio.</p><p><span style="font-size:14px;"><span style="font-family:georgia,serif;"><strong>5. Hopefully the last and final word</strong></span></span> on Mike Daisey from Ira Glass, who <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-04/ira-glass-mike-daisey-and-retraction-episode-american-life-98345">talked to Alison Cuddy</a> before his St. Charles show.</p><p>Questions? Tips? Email&nbsp;<a href="mailto:kdries@wbez.org">kdries@wbez.org</a>.</p></p> Thu, 19 Apr 2012 12:08:02 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-04/daily-rehearsal-applications-garage-rep-2013-now-open-98380 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 Weekender: Ira Glass gambles, Big Freedia bounces and turtles race http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-04/weekender-ira-glass-gambles-big-freedia-bounces-and-turtles-race-98151 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><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/friday%20the%2013th_Flickr_Skley.jpg" style="height: 414px; width: 620px;" title="(Flickr/Skyly)"></div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday the 13th has lots of folks looking over their shoulder as they <a href="http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-1385380/Why-throw-salt-shoulder-superstitions-answered.html">fling a bit of spilled salt</a> to keep demons away. I admit I've done the same in my kitchen from time to time. I probably picked up the habit from my grandmother, a woman who opposed gambling but loved to play cards (especially cribbage), admonished me to "never grow old" while making senior life look like a great adventure and, with nary a mention of God but lots of choir directing, helped me to discover the music and community to be found within church.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">My grandma was a performer through and through -- and of course many performers, from athletes to <a href="http://www.steppenwolf.org/watchlisten/program-articles/detail.aspx?id=23">actors</a> (not all of them sinners or believers!) -- rely on superstition to get through their gigs. And irrational or not, these behaviors definitely have an impact. For example: Angry fans (okay, maybe just me) can thank <a href="http://www.mensfitness.com/leisure/sports/10-most-superstitious-athletes">Michael Jordan's attachment</a> to his alma mater for bringing to a halt the glorious short-shorts era of the NBA.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Enacting superstitions is in and of itself a kind of performance. We need to <em>do</em> something: hurl salt, walk around ladders or stifle our whistles! But that's not a bad skill to have at the moment, because it appears, my friends, that performance is <em>the thing. </em></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Never mind the flash mobs; folks are <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVVXtknZVf0&amp;feature=player_embedded">dancing alone in laundromats</a>, <a href="http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/18/mic-check-gay-kissers-ejected-from-santorum-rally-crowd-chants-u-s-a-video/">turning PDAs into political protests</a> and using a <a href="http://textsfromhillaryclinton.tumblr.com/">simple image of texting </a>to elevate Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from world leader to the much loftier status of internet meme/celebrity (welcome back Madame Secretary, though as <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4f6oUMp9OU&amp;feature=related">this recent speech indicates</a>, you've never really gone away).</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Maybe it's the heat and rhetoric of an election year at work, maybe people are taking inspiration from masterful performers like <a href="http://www.thisamericanlife.org/about/staff">Ira Glass</a> (who we're very excited to welcome as one of our <em>Weekender </em>guests this episode). I don't know, I'm just kind of thrilled by the number of ordinary people who are taking it upon themselves to put on a show.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Local performance art group <a href="http://www.industryoftheordinary.com/html/manifesto.html">Industry of the Ordinary </a>tap into that same spirit by finding artful ways to engage with the most banal of objects, from facial hair to fur coats. Just in time for this most superstitious Friday, the two-man group make up one-half of <a href="http://ukuschicago.moonfruit.com/">a quartet of Chicago-based U.K. artists performing</a> at the British Consul's General Residence (hey, cultural diplomacy is a rather delicate performance in itself!). If you go, why not bring along a salt shaker? Maybe you'll be invited to participate!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">More rituals from <em>Weekender </em>are below - get out there and enjoy!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/turtle%20racing.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>1. Friday Night Turtle Races</strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Nary a hare in sight - just mad turtle power. And beer!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.yelp.com/biz/big-joes-chicago">Big Joe's</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1818 W. Foster Ave.</div></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/disappears-band.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://disappearsdisappears.blogspot.com/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>2. DISAPPEARS</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 10 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://lincolnhallchicago.com/">Lincoln Hall</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">2424 N. Lincoln Ave.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</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/Big-Freedia-Credit-Brooklyn%5B1%5D.gif" style="height: 160px; width: 241px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""></div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://bigfreedia.com/bootybattle/"><span style="font-size: 16px;"><strong>3. Big Freedia</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday 10 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.emptybottle.com/show/4352985/">The Empty Bottle</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1035 N. Western Ave.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/John-Cage-Paris-1981.jpg" style="height: 160px; width: 239px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.aperiodicchicago.com/John_Cage_Festival.html"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>4. John Cage Fest</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Friday - Sunday</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">An event celebrating the man who found music in silence.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Various Locations</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=JKdeNv3Rlv0">Watch Nicholas Cage "do" John Cage</a></div></div><p>&nbsp;</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/Chicago_White_Sox_Old_Logo.jpg" style="height: 180px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><a href="http://www.thecovelounge.com/Bookevent.html"><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong>5. The Cove Lounge's White Sox Trip</strong></span></a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 11 a.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Like a VIP pass from the bar to the ballpark!</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.thecovelounge.com/">The Cove Lounge</a></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">1750 E. 55th St.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Glass%20live.jpg" style="height: 165px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><span style="font-size:16px;"><strong><a href="http://stcharles-il.patch.com/events/reinventing-radio-an-evening-with-ira-glass-live-at-the-arcada">6. Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass</a></strong></span></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Saturday 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">The wizard of words shows you how the radio magic happens.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://www.oshows.com/">The Arcada Theatre</a> 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, Ill.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</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/asma.jpg" style="height: 159px; width: 240px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 10px; float: left;" title=""><strong>7. The Emotional Brain: The Neuroscience of Feeling</strong></div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Sunday 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Brains have feelings too! And it turns out they're quite deep.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><a href="http://lakeshoreunitarian.org/#">Lake Shore Unitarian Society</a> 620 Lincoln Ave., Winnetka, Ill.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">Click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/weekender/id469524810" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Weekender</em> podcast.</div><div class="image-insert-image ">&nbsp;</div><div class="image-insert-image ">What're you up to this weekend? Let us know in the comments below.</div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 05:00:07 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/alison-cuddy/2012-04/weekender-ira-glass-gambles-big-freedia-bounces-and-turtles-race-98151 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