We thought it would be fun to commission some illustrations to mark our 500th episode. So we did. Some represent the show in general, others call out the 500-episode milestone, and a few illustrate particular stories. We'll be releasing them every day this week.
Ahead of our 500th episode, Slate's Jacob Weisberg sat down with Ira Glass to talk about the art of interviewing, how This American Life differs from other shows, how it has changed over the years, and the business of radio.
We just got news about the family of “Omar,” whose story we told in our show two weeks ago, Taking Names. They have finally left Iraq. Omar was an Iraqi man who was killed after working for the US Army during the war.
Last weekend we rebroadcast the radio version of our last stage show, "The Invisible Made Visible." The full show was two hours long. We filmed it with seven cameras and sent it live into movie theaters.
We're once again gearing up for a "This Week" show, where we tackle the week's news in our own way, far from the TV cameras and the standard headlines. We'll cover stories very big and very small. The big ones will be more topical, and therefore easier for us to find. But for the smaller ones, we need your help.