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This is Mitt Romney and family listening to “This American Life” two hours before the final 2012 debate. (via)

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A great rendering of Ira Glass’s timeless and wise “taste gap” advice. (h/t)

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For those planning to attend a screening of This American Life - Live 2012: Ira just put out this message:

Hey everyone who’s bought tickets to our May 10th live show: if you’re an iPhone or Android user, we have a special app we’ve made, for you to use at a key moment in the show with the band OK Go. It’s free. And we think it’s going to be really fun. Download links:


If you have friends attending the show, please tell them about the app. The more people who have it, the more exciting this part of the show will be.
Important: Don’t wait till the night of the show to download the app. Some theaters don’t have great cell reception so you won’t be able to do it there.
People without smartphones who are coming to the show, don’t worry, we have you covered too. You have a key role to play in the moment of iPhone/Android magic that we and OK Go have planned. Just show up wearing shoes and you’ll be fine.

Show and ticket info here.


This American Life is coming to a theater near you!

On Thursday, May 10th, 2012, Ira Glass and friends will perform an episode of “This American Life” on stage at NYU’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts in NYC, and send it live via satellite to more than 500 movie theaters across the country.

The show will feature stories by Ira Glass, writers David Sedaris and David Rakoff, comic Tig Notaro and “Snap Judgment” host Glynn Washington, and live music by OK Go. Also included in the show: a new short film by Mike Birbiglia, dance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, original animation, projected illustration and more. Plus special surprise guests.

Show times and tickets here.

Unfortunately, the This American Life blog is down due to all the traffic generated by the recent announcement.

We’ve posted the full press release on our website,

Ira Glass writes: We’ve learned that Mike Daisey’s story about Apple in China - which we broadcast in January - contained significant fabrications. We’re retracting the story because we can’t vouch for its truth, and this weekend’s episode of our show will explain the errors in the story. Details on our blog.


Just hours before their Sundance premiere Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia talkd to the Hollywood Reporter about their movie ‘Sleepwalk with Me.’

The film was inspired by the This American Life episode called “Fear of Sleep.”

“Sleepwalk with Me” tells the true story of Birbiglia, in his twenties, full of anxiety about what to do with his girlfriend – ­ should they get married? should they break up? – and expressing that anxiety through a series of increasingly spectacular sleepwalking incidents.

Ira tells the Hollywood Reporter he hopes film “does more business than ‘Avatar,’ single-handedly creates jobs, helps brings the country out of recession.”

Apple IphoneLast week, Apple released for the first time the list of companies that supply components and manufacturing services to the company. It also announced that it would allow the Fair Labor Association to oversee independent audits of assembly plants employed by Apple.

A week before this news, This American Life aired “Mr. Daisey and the Apple Factory,” which followed lifelong Apple superfan, Mike Daisey, to an Apple assembly plant in China called Foxconn, where employees recently staged a protest and threatened to commit suicide.

On the show, Daisey reported on the conditions at the plant, and host Ira Glass talked with with Ian Spaulding, founder and managing director of INFACT Global Partners, which goes into Chinese factories and helps them meet social responsibility standards set by Western companies; and with Nicholas Kristof, columnist for The New York Times who has reported on Asian factories.

In the podcast and streaming versions of the program Glass also speaks with Debby Chan Sze Wan, a project manager at the advocacy group SACOM, Students and Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior, based in Hong Kong. They’ve put out three reports investigating conditions at Foxconn (October 2010, May 2011, Sept 2011). Each report surveyed over 100 Foxconn workers, and they even had a researcher go undercover and take a job at the Shenzhen plant.

This American Life producer Brian Reed wrote this response to Apple’s news.

A little something from PRI to help get you on your way to an inspired 2012!

This weekend on This American Life, Ira Glass visits Worlds of Fun in Kansas City. 

Above is Cole Lindbergh, the manager of the park’s games department, and star of the hit single “Play My Games”.