Thursday, 28 June 2012

Ira Glass on Storytelling

Ira Glass is the producer of an American Public Radio show called This American Life. It is a weekly hour-long radio program produced by WBEZ and hosted by Ira. The show has about two million listeners a week and is essentially a story telling program. Every week he seeks out stories as diverse as psychopathy, car show culture, people who are their own worst enemies, and neighborhood watch.

In the following clips Ira Glass shares some of his ideas on the pleasures and pains of having to create stories on a regular basis. Like how when you start; be prepared for your work not matching your own standards. Remember that you are already an experienced story judge. You have read hundreds of stories and essays and for the first few years you will read your own stories and find that they fall short of your own high expectations. Your taste is better than your grasp of the craft. This is normal and everyone goes through it, or that is to say many people actually never get through this. But the great ones did. The key to overcome this is perseverance. Do work, lots of it, unpaid, or paid does not matter, you need to practice. Great advice to getting through it and at least have a shot at the Great Stories.

It is an inspirational and straight forward, practical talk. I hope you enjoy it. 

Part One:

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Part Three:

And Finally Part Four: 

(Thanks to Open Culture for posting this.) 


  1. My life won't be complete until I watch this. Cheers mate!

  2. Yep, just watched it, that's brilliant. Thanks again Frodo!!