|This American Life|
|Other names||Your Radio Playhouse|
|Genre||Radio short stories and essays|
|Running time||ca. 60 min.|
|Syndicates||Public Radio International, Showtime|
|Executive producers||Ira Glass|
|Narrated by||Ira Glass|
|Recording studio||Chicago, Illinois|
|Air dates||17 November 1995 to present|
This American Life (TAL) is a weekly hour-long radio program produced by Chicago Public Radio. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States Chicago Public Radio is a noncommercial Public radio station broadcasting from Chicago, Illinois. Public Radio International ( PRI) is a Minneapolis -based American Public radio organization with locations in Boston, New York Showtime is a subscription television Brand used by a number of channels and platforms around the world but primarily refers to a group of channels in the United Ira Glass (born March 3, 1959) is an American Public radio personality and host and producer of the radio and television show This Ira Glass (born March 3, 1959) is an American Public radio personality and host and producer of the radio and television show This Ira Glass (born March 3, 1959) is an American Public radio personality and host and producer of the radio and television show This Ira Glass (born March 3, 1959) is an American Public radio personality and host and producer of the radio and television show This Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. Events 284 - Diocletian is proclaimed emperor by his soldiers Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 Stereophonic sound, commonly called stereo, is the reproduction of Sound, using two or more independent audio channels through a Symmetrical Radio is the transmission of signals by Modulation of electromagnetic waves with frequencies below those of visible Light. Chicago Public Radio is a noncommercial Public radio station broadcasting from Chicago, Illinois. It is distributed by Public Radio International on PRI affiliate stations and is also available as a free weekly podcast. Public Radio International ( PRI) is a Minneapolis -based American Public radio organization with locations in Boston, New York A podcast is a series of audio or Video digital-media files which is distributed over the Internet by syndicated Download TAL, hosted by Ira Glass, is primarily a journalistic non-fiction program, although it has also featured essays, memoirs, field recordings, short fiction, and found footage. Ira Glass (born March 3, 1959) is an American Public radio personality and host and producer of the radio and television show This Journalism is the profession of writing or communicating formally employed by publications and broadcasters for the benefit of a particular Community of people Non-fiction is an account or representation of a subject which is presented as Fact. An essay is usually a short piece of writing It is often written from an author's personal point of view. for other uses see Memoir (disambiguation As a literary Genre, a memoir (from the French: mémoire The first episode aired on November 17, 1995. Events 284 - Diocletian is proclaimed emperor by his soldiers Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995  The show was originally titled "Your Radio Playhouse".
A television program of the same name and basic structure of the radio program airs on the Showtime cable network, and features Ira Glass as the host and executive producer. This American Life is an American Television series based on the radio program of the same name. Showtime is a subscription television Brand used by a number of channels and platforms around the world but primarily refers to a group of channels in the United
Each week's show loosely centers on a particular theme. The theme of the show is explored in several "acts", usually two to five. On occasion, an entire program will consist of a single act. A notable exception was the show "20 Acts in 60 Minutes", which broke the normal convention by presenting twenty acts in one hour. Each act is produced using a combination of staff and freelance contributors.
Content varies widely by episode, and stories are often told as first-person narratives. The mood of the show ranges from gloomy to ironic, from thought-provoking to hilarious. The show often addresses current events, such as Hurricane Katrina in "After the Flood". Hurricane Katrina of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season was the costliest hurricane, as well as one of the five deadliest in the history of the United States Listeners may be introduced to novel subjects and issues as well, since the program covers fringe groups within the USA as well as international matters. Often This American Life features stories which explore aspects of human nature, such as "Kid Logic", which presented pieces on reasoning of children.
The end credits of each show are read by Ira Glass, and include a quotation extracted from some portion of that show, which Glass attributes out of context to WBEZ general manager Torey Malatia.
Ira Glass, the creator of This American Life, has served as producer and host since its November 17, 1995 debut. Ira Glass (born March 3, 1959) is an American Public radio personality and host and producer of the radio and television show This Events 284 - Diocletian is proclaimed emperor by his soldiers Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 The show's first year was produced on a budget that was tight even by U. S. public radio standards: US$243,000 outfitted a studio, covered marketing costs, purchased satellite time, and paid for four full-time staffers and various freelance writers and reporters.  National syndication began in June 1996 when Public Radio International formed a distribution partnership with the program. In Broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast Radio shows and Television shows to multiple individual stations without going through Public Radio International ( PRI) is a Minneapolis -based American Public radio organization with locations in Boston, New York It now airs on 509 PRI affiliate stations in the United States reaching an estimated 1. 7 million listeners each week.  The show is also carried on XM Satellite Radio over the XM Public Radio channel. XM Public Radio (abbreviated XMPR) is XM Satellite Radio 's 24/7 satellite radio channel dedicated to public radio programming
Originally titled Your Radio Playhouse, the show's name was changed beginning with the March 21, 1996 episode. Events 630 - Byzantine emperor Heraclius restores the True Cross to Jerusalem. Year 1996 ( MCMXCVI) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar) The reference to each segment of the show as an "act" is a holdover from its original "playhouse theme". TAL helped launch the literary careers of many including contributing editor Sarah Vowell and essayists David Rakoff and David Sedaris. Sarah Jane Vowell (born December 27, 1969) is an American Author, Journalist, Humorist, and Commentator. David Rakoff (born 1964) is an Essayist, Journalist, and Actor. David Sedaris (born December 26, 1956) is a Grammy Award -nominated American Humorist, Writer, Comedian, bestselling 
Discussions of a television adaptation of TAL date back to at least 1999. This American Life is an American Television series based on the radio program of the same name.  In January 2006, Showtime announced it had greenlighted six episodes of a new series based on TAL. Showtime is a subscription television Brand used by a number of channels and platforms around the world but primarily refers to a group of channels in the United  The announcement noted that each half-hour episode "will be hosted by Ira Glass and will explore a single theme or topic through the unique juxtaposition of first-person storytelling and whimsical narrative. "
For budgetary reasons, Ira Glass and four of the radio show's producers left Chicago for New York, where Showtime is headquartered.  In January 2007, it was announced that Glass had completed production on the show's first season, with the first episode set to premiere on March 22. TAL has a contract for a total of 30 shows over the next four years. 
Stories from TAL have been used as the basis of movie scripts. In 2002 the show signed a six-figure deal with Warner Bros. giving the studio two years of "first-look" rights to its hundreds of past and future stories. Warner Bros Entertainment Inc (or Warner Bros, Warner Bros Pictures) is one of the world's largest producers of Film and  One film to have apparently emerged from the deal is Unaccompanied Minors, a 2006 film directed by Paul Feig and reportedly based on "In The Event of An Emergency, Put Your Sister in an Upright Position" from "Babysitting". Unaccompanied Minors (also called Grounded Unaccompanied Minors) is a 2006 film directed by Paul Feig and starring Lewis Black The year 2006 in film involved some significant events Releases of sequels took place with Superman Returns, Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Man's Chest Paul S Feig (born September 17 1962) is a director, Actor and Author. 
Potential Warner Bros films:
Paramount Pictures and Broadway Video are in production on Curly Oxide and Vic Thrill, a film based on the TAL story in the episode "My Experimental Phase". Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American motion picture production and Distribution company, based in Hollywood California. Broadway Video is an American independent entertainment company started by Lorne Michaels. 
This American Life has taken the radio show on the road three times since 2000; material recorded on each of the three tours has been edited into an episode which aired on the radio shortly after the tour.
On May 1st 2008, This American Life was the first major public media program to use Digital cinema, This American Life Live!. Digital cinema refers to the use of Digital technology to distribute and project Motion pictures The final movie can be distributed via PRI originally conceived of the idea to serve stations around the country . This American Life Live! was presented exclusively in select theatres by National CineMedia's (NCM) Fathom, in partnership with BY Experience and Chicago Public Radio, and in association with Public Radio International .
WBEZ-FM received a Peabody Award in 1996 and again in 2006 for TAL, for a show which "captures contemporary culture in fresh and inventive ways that mirror the diversity and eccentricities of its subjects" and "weav[es] original monologues, mini-dramas, original fiction, traditional radio documentaries and original radio dramas into an instructional and entertaining tapestry. Chicago Public Radio is a noncommercial Public radio station broadcasting from Chicago, Illinois. The George Foster Peabody Awards, better known as simply the Peabody Awards, are annual international awards for excellence in Radio and Television broadcasting "
Episodes of TAL are accompanied by music, in the form of interludes between acts (credited in the episode guide for each show), and incidental background music during acts. Background music is typically not credited, but provides important thematic emphasis.
Some songs and artists that have played a role in TAL background music include the following.
Some of the show's episodes are accompanied by multimedia downloads available on This American Life's website. The Penguin Cafe Orchestra was a loose assembly of musicians headed by classically-trained guitarist composer and arranger Simon Jeffes ( Crawley, Sussex The Penguin Cafe Orchestra was a loose assembly of musicians headed by classically-trained guitarist composer and arranger Simon Jeffes ( Crawley, Sussex Music From The Penguin Cafe was the first album by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and was recorded between 1974 and 1976 and released in 1976 The Penguin Cafe Orchestra was a loose assembly of musicians headed by classically-trained guitarist composer and arranger Simon Jeffes ( Crawley, Sussex Broadcasting from Home was the fourth album by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra, and was released in 1984 on E The Penguin Cafe Orchestra was a loose assembly of musicians headed by classically-trained guitarist composer and arranger Simon Jeffes ( Crawley, Sussex A Grand Love Story is a 1997 album by electronic music artist Kid Loco. Kid Loco, né Jean-Yves Prieur (born June 16 1964 in Antony, Hauts-de-Seine) is a French Musician, DJ, Remixer and One Step Ahead of the Spider is the third album from MC 900 Ft MC 900 Ft Jesus is the stage name of Mark Griffin, a classically-trained musician turned rapper and experimental musician born in Dallas, Texas Mark Allen Mothersbaugh (born May 18, 1950) is an American Musician, Composer, Singer and painter. Music Has the Right to Children is the studio debut album of the Scottish electronic music duo Boards of Canada. Boards of Canada (BoC are a Scottish Electronic music duo consisting of brothers Michael Sandison (born June 1, 1970) and Marcus Eoin Sandison Distance is a numerical description of how far apart objects are Marconi Union are Richard Talbot and James Crossley a British musical duo with strong links to the Manchester based DOTCA arts collective I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One is an album by Yo La Tengo. Yo La Tengo is an American Indie rock band based in Hoboken, New Jersey. The Album Leaf is the solo project of Jimmy LaValle. History Inception The Album Leaf officially began in 1998 as the solo project of Jimmy LaValle Brian Peter George St John le Baptiste de la Salle Eno (born 15 May 1948 commonly known as Brian Eno (ˈiːnoʊ is an English Musician, producer Combustible Edison was a group founded in the early 1990s in Providence Rhode Island, and was one of several Lounge music acts that led a brief resurgence of interest Dianogah (pronounced Dye-ah-NO-gah is a Chicago, Illinois based Indie rock outfit formed in 1995, noted for their use of two Bass Do Make Say Think is a Canadian Instrumental Post-rock band from Toronto, Ontario. Godspeed You! Black Emperor (formerly punctuated Godspeed You Black Emperor!; also referred to as GY!BE is an avant-garde Canadian Post-rock For other uses see Out of Sight (disambiguation. Out of Sight is a 1998 Academy Award -nominated movie directed See David Holmes for other persons with this name. David Holmes is an Irish DJ, Musician and Composer Jonathan Richman (born 16 May 1951) is an American singer songwriter and guitarist Mogwai are a Scottish rock group from Glasgow, Scotland. Formed by Stuart Braithwaite and Dominic Aitchison in 1995 Rushmore is a 1998 Comedy-drama film directed by Wes Anderson about an eccentric teenager named Max Fischer ( Jason Schwartzman) and Mark Allen Mothersbaugh (born May 18, 1950) is an American Musician, Composer, Singer and painter. Bottle Rocket is a 1996 film directed by Wes Anderson. It was co-written by Anderson and Owen Wilson. Mark Allen Mothersbaugh (born May 18, 1950) is an American Musician, Composer, Singer and painter. Nightmares on Wax is DJ and musician George Evelyn (born c 1970 also known as DJ EASE (Experimental Sample Expert from Leeds, UK. Pinback is an Indie rock band from San Diego California, currently signed to Touch and Go Records. Ratatat is a New York City Electronic music duo consisting of Guitarist Mike Stroud and Synthesizer driver and producer Amélie is the Soundtrack or original score to the French Academy Award - and Golden Globe -nominated Motion picture Guillaume Yann Tiersen (born 23 June 1970) is a French musician and composer known internationally for composing the score to the Jean-Pierre Tarentel is a band based in San Francisco California which formed in 1995 The High Strung are a garage rock band from Detroit, Michigan. They Might Be Giants (commonly abbreviated to TMBG) is an American Alternative rock band which began as a duo of John Flansburgh and John See also Citrus tristeza virus Tristeza (portuguese and spanish for Sadness) is a Post-rock band from San Diego California. Amon Adonai Santos de Araujo Tobin, better known as Amon Tobin, is a Brazilian musician DJ, and producer of Electronic music Sigur Rós ( are an Icelandic Post-rock band with melodic classical and minimalist elements One notable mention is a remake of the Elton John song "Rocket Man" that was produced for episode 223, "Classifieds", and released as an MP3. Sir Elton Hercules John CBE (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947 is an English pop / rock Singer, Composer " Rocket Man (I Think It's Going to Be a Long Long Time " is a Song composed by Elton John and Bernie Taupin, and popularized by John MPEG-1 Audio Layer 3, more commonly referred to as MP3, is a Digital audio encoding format using a form of Lossy data compression The song was performed by a "one day band" composed of musicians looking for work in the classifieds. The band, consisting of various performers (one played a Theremin), met and practiced for only one day before recording the song.
Three 2-disc CD sets collecting some of the producers' favorite acts have been released: Lies, Sissies, and Fiascoes: The Best of This American Life was released on May 4, 1999; Crimebusters + Crossed Wires: Stories from This American Life was released on November 11, 2003; and Stories of Hope and Fear was released on November 7, 2006. A Compact Disc (also known as a CD) is an Optical disc used to store digital data, originally developed for storing digital audio Lies Sissies and Fiascoes The Best of This American Life is the second compilation album featuring radio broadcasts from This American Life. Events 1256 - The Augustinian monastic order is constituted at the Lecceto Monastery when Pope Alexander IV Year 1999 ( MCMXCIX) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar) Crimebusters + Crossed Wires Stories from This American Life is a compilation album featuring radio broadcasts from This American Life. Events 308 - The Congress of Carnuntum: Attempting to keep peace within the Roman Empire, the leaders of the Tetrarchy declare Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. Stories of Hope and Fear is the fourth compilation album featuring radio broadcasts from This American Life. Events 1492 - The Ensisheim Meteorite the oldest Meteorite with a known date of impact strikes the Earth around noon in a Wheat Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar.
A 32-page comic book, Radio: An Illustrated Guide (ISBN 0-9679671-0-4), documents how an episode of TAL is put together. A comic book (often shortened to simply comic and sometimes called a comic paper or comic magazine) is a Magazine or Book of narrative It was drawn by cartoonist Jessica Abel, written by Abel and Glass, and first published in 1999. A cartoonist is a person who specializes in drawing Cartoons Traditionally much of this work was and still is humorous and is intended primarily for entertainment purposes Jessica Abel (born 1969 is an American Comic book Writer and Artist.
This American Life was referenced in the television series The O.C., prompting the character Summer to respond, "Is that that show by those hipster know-it-alls who talk about how fascinating ordinary people are?" and, with a dismissive snort, "Gawd!" This reference was itself repeated in a segment of the 2007 Live Tour episode, when Glass, a self-confessed shameless fan of the teen soap opera, described his experience responding to the aforementioned line. Ira Glass (born March 3, 1959) is an American Public radio personality and host and producer of the radio and television show This Nancy Updike is an award-winning American Public radio producer and writer Jonathan Stuart Goldstein (born August 22, 1969 in Brooklyn NY) is a Canadian-American Author and Radio producer Jack Hitt is an American Author. He is a contributing editor to The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and This American Sarah Jane Vowell (born December 27, 1969) is an American Author, Journalist, Humorist, and Commentator. Annie Baxter is a radio reporter and journalist for Minnesota National Public Radio NPR in the United States Jack Hitt is an American Author. He is a contributing editor to The New York Times Magazine, Harper's, and This American Starlee Kine is an American Public radio producer and writer Her work has been featured on This American Life and Marketplace. Jay Allison is an American independent Public radio producer and broadcast Journalist. Shalom Auslander is an American, Jewish author and essayist who grew up in the heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood of Monsey New York, where he describes Scott Carrier is an American Author and Radio producer He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. John Kellogg Hodgman (born June 3, 1971) is an American author and humorist Jon Langford is a Welsh-born musician and artist who is based in Chicago. Sandra Tsing Loh (born 11 February 1962) is a Los Angeles California -based writer actress performance-artist pop-culture analyst and radio commentator Mortified is an Australian Children's television series, co-produced by the Australian Children's Television Foundation and Enjoy Entertainment Heather O'Neill is a Canadian novelist poet short story writer screenwriter and journalist David Rakoff (born 1964) is an Essayist, Journalist, and Actor. Jon Ronson (born 10 May 1967) is a Cardiff -born journalist author Documentary filmmaker and radio presenter Davy Rothbart (born April 11, 1975) is an author filmmaker contributor to This American Life, and the editor/publisher of Found Magazine Daniel Keenan Savage (born October 7, 1964, although he David Sedaris (born December 26, 1956) is a Grammy Award -nominated American Humorist, Writer, Comedian, bestselling Elizabeth Curtis Sittenfeld (born 1975) is an American Writer. Karen Sosnoski (born November 30, 1964) is an American author radio contributor and documentary filmmaker Julia Sweeney (born October 10, 1959) is an American actress and Comedian who lives in Hollywood California. A television program (US television programme (UK or television show (U This article is about the FOX television series For the location from which the series derives its name see Orange County California.
The Onion, a parody newspaper, published a satirical story on April 20, 2007, entitled "This American Life Completes Documentation Of Liberal, Upper-Middle-Class Existence". For the vegetable see Onion. The Onion is an American " fake news " organization 
The average age of This American Life listeners is 47.