Ira Glass & Jad Abumrad: An Evening With The Creators Of This American Life & Radiolab
On December 10, Ira Glass and Jad Abumrad, the hosts of iconic radio programs This American Life and Radiolab, come together to take you on a journey of insight, investigation, and humanity in a way that only they can. Join these public radio luminaries for their live onstage at the historic Theatre at Ace Hotel – layered with cinematic video, audio clips, original music composition, and their unique voices – about being at helm of audio journalism and podcasting, unpacking the vital importance of conversation, when to scrap a story, and how daunting it can be to try something new. It’s all part of KPCC’s Public Radio Palooza—you knew we couldn’t possibly throw a public radio party without inviting these two.
Before the show, catch up on some of the best Radiolab and This American Life episodes:
From This American Life
“When I’m trying to explain our program to someone who doesn’t know it, I stammer a bunch of words like ‘entertaining,’ ‘funny,’ ‘surprising plot twists,’ ‘true stories but not boring I swear’ … and then I just give them this list.” — Ira Glass
“The 11 Best Radiolab Episodes”
Ira Glass is the host of This American Life, produced in collaboration with WBEZ Chicago, and distributed by PRX. It can be heard on over 500 stations, including 89.3 KPCC, Saturdays at 3:00 p.m.
Jad Abumrad is the creator and former host of Radiolab, produced and distributed by WNYC Studios. It can be heard on over 600 stations, including 89.3 KPCC, Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.
This event is part of KPCC’s Public Radio Palooza, a year-long celebration of all the ways public radio brings us together, featuring some of the most legendary and innovative creators in the public media landscape.
ABOUT IRA GLASS
Ira Glass is the host and creator of the public radio program This American Life. The show is heard each week by over 5 million listeners on public radio stations and podcast. Glass began his career as an intern at National Public Radio’s network headquarters in Washington, D.C. in 1978, when he was 19-years-old. He put This American Life on the air in 1995. He also served as an editor for the groundbreaking podcasts Serial, S-Town, and Nice White Parents. Under Glass’s editorial direction, This American Life has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including seven Peabody awards and the first Pulitzer Prize ever awarded for audio journalism. In 2021, This American Life episode ‘The Giant Pool of Money’ was inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry, the first podcast ever so honored.
ABOUT JAD ABUMRAD
Jad Abumrad is the creator and former host of Radiolab, a public radio program broadcast on nearly 600 stations across the nation and downloaded more than 12 million times a month as a podcast. Abumrad hosts Everything. Together. Radio on Apple Music Hits. Each episode offers a kaleidoscopic mix of uptempo, electro, dance, funk, hip-hop, experimental noise, soul, and everything in between. Abumrad employs his dual backgrounds as composer and journalist to create what’s been called “a new aesthetic” in broadcast journalism. He orchestrates dialogue, music, interviews and sounds into compelling documentaries that draw listeners into investigations of otherwise intimidating topics, such as the nature of numbers, the evolution of altruism, or the legal foundation for the war on terror. He’s won three George Foster Peabody Awards, and in 2011 Abumrad was honored as a MacArthur Fellow (also known as the Genius Grant). The MacArthur Foundation website says: “Abumrad is inspiring boundless curiosity within a new generation of listeners and experimenting with sound to find ever more effective and entertaining ways to explain ideas and tell a story.” Jad also created and hosted three seasons of More Perfect, a series about untold stories of the Supreme Court, which The New York Times called “...possibly the most mesmerizing podcast.” And in 2019, Jad Abumrad created Dolly Parton’s America (along with Osm Audio’s Shima Oliaee) a Peabody Award-winning 9-part series that explores a divided America through the life and music of one its greatest icons. In April 2022, Jad began a joint appointment at Vanderbilt University as a Distinguished Research Professor of Cinema and Media Arts and of Communication of Science and Technology at the College of Arts and Science, and he will have an advisory role with Vanderbilt’s Communications and Marketing team.
THEATRE AT ACE HOTEL’S HEALTH & SAFETY POLICY
The Show Must Go On, But Safely
- All ticket holders must present proof of full vaccination with a valid photo ID to enter The Theatre at Ace Hotel. Complete vaccination is defined as fourteen days following a final dose of the Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, Moderna, or Astra-Zeneca vaccine. Booster shots are not needed to fulfill this requirement.
- Masks must be worn at all times while inside the building, except while actively eating and drinking.
- The Theatre at Ace Hotel is a cashless venue. Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are accepted.
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