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This American Life now airing in Australia!

Feb 1, 2011

We're pleased to announce that as of this past Sunday, January 30th, This American Life will be broadcast weekly across Australia on ABC Radio National. ABC will air a combination of new episodes and classic episodes from the archives, 7PM each Sunday.

Ira Glass writes:

“Australia seems to have a more adventurous breed of documentary radio producer than we have here in the states. Or at least that's the impression I always get when I hear their work. My hope is that what we're doing - in trying to reinvent what it means to be public broadcasters - will be relevant and fun to listen to in Australia. We all have similar missions. The national borders that separate us seem like an artificial construct. We’re thrilled to join the great lineup of shows on ABC."

Tonight on TV: "God's Close-Up"

Jan 31, 2011

Tonight Current TV airs one of the most popular episodes of our TV show, "God's Close-Up".

Here's a video promo for the episode:

And here's a channel guide for Current TV:

DIRECTV: 358
Comcast: 107 (125 Dallas and Seattle)
Time Warner: 103 NY and 142 LA
Dish Network: 196
AT&T U-Verse: 189
Verizon FiOS: 192

Hillary Frank's "Longest Shortest Time"

Jan 24, 2011
This American Life contributor Hillary Frank has started a new podcast about early parenthood: The Longest Shortest Time. She writes:
Here is what I knew. If you just relax enough and surround yourself with people you trust, you’ll be able to have a natural childbirth and it might even be euphoric; you must, must, must breastfeed the baby immediately after she is born, plus keep her in your room with you that first night no matter how tired you are; and with Dr. Harvey Karp’s “five S’s” technique—swaddling, side/stomach position, shushing, swinging, and sucking—a bawling infant is magically soothed.

Here is what the books didn’t tell me. That I would be in so much pain I wouldn’t even want to be touched, let alone ask for a back rub...
TAL Music Consultant Jessica Hopper tells a story in episode 2.

Ira Glass talks TV on WNYC Radio

Jan 24, 2011

Earlier today, Ira Glass went live on The Leonard Lopate Show on WNYC, talking about adapting This American Life for Television.

Here's the audio:

Nancy Updike's Iraq outtakes on Transom.org

Jan 20, 2011
This American Life producer Nancy Updike has a feature up on the great radio site Transom.org, taking you behind the scenes of the reporting she and Larry Kaplow did for our episode "Iraq After Us", and including outtakes from their recordings.

It's pretty fascinating. Here's a sample of what Nancy has to say:

I’m still re-cutting and re-writing all the stories in my head. That’s part of foreign reporting for me, I’ve realized. With foreign stories, so much gets pushed out, even if I’ve got a whole hour: time gets eaten up trying to orient listeners, cover key backstories, explain conflicts, mix in translation. Good tape gets chucked—and then, if you’re me, it gets chewed over in your brain later...

"The Talent Show" - featuring This American Life contributors - January 26

Jan 20, 2011
The Talent Show has another show coming up—on January 26th at Littlefield in Brooklyn—featuring This American Life contributors Robert Krulwich, Eugene Mirman, Julian McCullough and Damian Kulash from OK Go. The theme this time around is "Versus: An evening of contests, interviews and duets."

$5. Doors open at 7, show starts at 8. TICKETS

Monday on Current TV: "Growth Spurt"

Jan 14, 2011

In case you haven't heard, Current TV is now re-airing our television series. On Monday, January 17th at 10PM/9C, check out "Growth Spurt", stories about people charging on to the next phase of life, by sheer force of will. Current also has a Q&A with Ira Glass up on their site.

Current TV Channel guide:
DIRECTV: 358
Comcast: 107 (125 Dallas and Seattle)
Time Warner: 103 NY and 142 LA
Dish Network: 196
AT&T U-Verse: 189
Verizon FiOS: 192

Video promo for Monday's episode:

Wyatt Cenac Comedy Central taping in NYC - Free!

Jan 13, 2011

Ira writes:

Wyatt Cenac, who was so funny in our Christmas show, is taping a special for Comedy Central. There are still tickets... and it's free! January 22nd in New York, 7:30 and 9:30 at the Skirball Center. It's sure to be a great show. One sadness of producing the Christmas Show was that to fit everything into an hour, we had to trim some of the astonishingly funny digressions Wyatt made during his story. His day job is as a writer and correspondent on The Daily Show. Get the tix while they last.


Wyatt Cenac performing at our holiday comedy show.

Tonight on Current TV: "Reality Check"

Jan 10, 2011

Tonight is the premiere of our television show on Current TV! The series kicks of with our original pilot episode, "Reality Check".

Channel guide:

DIRECTV: 358
Comcast: 107 (125 Dallas and Seattle)
Time Warner: 103 NY and 142 LA
Dish Network: 196
AT&T U-Verse: 189
Verizon FiOS: 192

Here's a video promo for tonight's episode:

If you haven't seen the TV show yet, we hope you'll tune in.

OUR TELEVISION SHOW - AIRING NOW ON CURRENT TV!

Jan 7, 2011

Attention everyone who never got to see our TV show on Showtime (or wants to see it again). Good news: Current TV is re-airing the entire series!

The show ran for two seasons, winning several Emmy awards including best nonfiction series. We're thrilled that more people will get to see it. Episodes will air Mondays at 10PM/9C, from January 10th through April 4th. If you have digital cable, chances are you have Current TV. Here's a cheat sheet:

DIRECTV: 358
Comcast: 107 (125 Dallas and Seattle)
Time Warner: 103 NY and 142 LA
Dish Network: 196
AT&T U-Verse: 189
Verizon FiOS: 192

And here's a video from the Current TV site, of Ira Glass talking about an experience he had during the editing of our first TV episode "Reality Check":

You can read lots more background about the show, or check out descriptions and promos for each episode. We're very proud of the TV show and hope you enjoy it.