Becca, my friend and co-worker here at my job, introduced me to This American Life a few months ago. For those who don’t know, This American Life is basically one man, Ira Glass, who puts together a radio show based around a different theme every week.
In his own words:
“One of the problems with our show from the start has been that whenever we try to describe it in a sentence or two, it sounds awful. For instance: Each week we choose a theme and put together different kinds of stories on that theme. That doesn’t sound like something we’d want to listen to on the radio, and it’s our show.”
The truth is, it’s always interesting, and you always find yourself laughing or smiling or crying. I think when you have truly interesting individuals creating something that they’re honestly interested in, you end up with something amazing. Mostly, the show is about people. It’s like when you’re sitting at the mall watching everyone going by, except you get to hear the ins and outs of everyone’s odd little lives.
His show is so good in fact, that it’s becoming it’s own TV show on Showtime. Chris Ware, one of the most talented illustrator/designers out there, has animated a short segment for it. It’s about a kid who makes a movie camera out of a cardboard box and toilet paper rolls at school, which ends up starting a trend of everyone having their own camera. But the kids end up losing themselves behind their cameras, and well… just watch it yourself.