Ira Glass

He has retuned radio with old-fashioned storytelling

We're blessed, from time to time, with a spontaneous generation of humor and insight. And nowhere is this more exciting than in the emergence or the reinvention of an art form. Ruth Draper did it onstage. She took a parlor turn, the monologue, and turned it into great American drama. Nichols and May took the traditions of the Jewish wedding jester, the commedia dell'arte and the vaudeville comic, and invented improvisational theater. And now here's Ira Glass, 42, who seems to have reinvented radio.

Each week his public-radio show This American Life chooses a subject and invites writers to expatiate personal...

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