This American Life

  • Ira Glass, Chris Wilcha, Adam Beckman
  • United States
  • 2009
  • 90 min
  • Linear
  • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling, DocLab Program
Ira Glass is Doc Lab's special guest this year. Twelve years ago, he started a new radio documentary program on NPR entitled This American Life. Five hundred radio stations now carry the show, and it is also available as a free download. In each of the weekly broadcasts, Glass presents three or four stories around a given subject. These themes range widely, from "impossible loves" to "swapped at birth" to "returning to the scene of a crime." This series has become one of the most popular documentary series in the world -- with audiences of 1.8 million every week -- and has received many awards. A TV version began two years ago, and a dozen feature films based on true stories from Glass and his editorial team are in production. Recently, Glass started organizing live theater performances in cinemas in which he presents ordinary people's extraordinary stories. At IDFA, Glass will present a once-only showcase featuring the best of 12 years of This American Life. In addition to clips from the radio program, Glass will also show the audience selections from the TV series, live performances, and radio stories with added animations.


  • 90 min
  • color
  • cross-platform
  • Spoken languages: English
Ira Glass, Chris Wilcha, Adam Beckman
Executive producer
Ira Glass
Chicago Public Radio, Killer Films, Showtime Networks Inc., Left/Right, Inc.
Joe Beshenkovsky
World Sales
Showtime Networks Inc.

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