17: Name Change / No Theme

17: Name Change / No Theme

Mar 21, 1996
Our first show as This American Life.
  • Host Ira Glass talks changing the name of the show from Your Radio Playhouse and stumbles on a more fundamental truth about naming things: The people with an investment in the name can be incredibly divisive. He consults television talk show host Joe Franklin for advice. Joe actually likes the new name: This American Life. (11 minutes)

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