Ira Glass’ This American Life is one of the most popular radio programs in America, with 4 million listeners over the air and an additional 1 million via podcast. It is regularly the most downloaded podcast on iTunes, along with Welcome to Night Vale, a radio show that takes place in the eerie, fictional town of Night Vale, and comedian Marc Maron’s WTF.
Each week since 1995, when the show was called Your Radio Playhouse, the program has chosen a theme and presented several stories on that theme. On stage this week in Proctor & Gamble Hall at the Aronoff Center, Glass will present Reinventing Radio.
“Basically the way it works is I stand on stage and I tell stories,” he says. “I have an iPad with clips and music and sound from [This American Life] and as I sort of talk about what we’re trying to do on the radio show, I can recreate the sound of the show around me.”
Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass takes place at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Aronoff Center. Tickets: 513-621-ARTS or cincinnatiarts.org.