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Tomorrow, public radio show This American Life
airs its 500th episode. Started
in 1995 by Ira Glass, with the initial title Your Radio Playhouse
, the show is a popular reference point here on the blue
, covering everything from the minute goings-on
of ordinary people, to allegedly unearthing the secret recipe for Coke
, to the 2008 financial collapse
Ahead of the occasion, Ira Glass talked to Buzzfeed
about the episodes that stand out in his mind.
While also being home to short stories by perennial favourites like Sarah Vowell
, David Sedaris
, and Mike Birbiglia
, TAL has been home to some attention-grabbing journalism, shedding light on vital current topics, including:
The Sub-prime mortgage debacle
Health Care reform
The War in Iraq and its aftermath
The War in Afghanistan (with it's own unique flavour)
The explosion in Federal Disability benefits
The influence of money and lobbyists on US politics
TAL's accessible coverage of the 2008 financial meltdown led to a spinoff podcast, Planet Money
, a twice-weekly show that aims to make mundane, arcane, and obscure pieces of the economy understandable for everyday listeners, using TAL's trademark inquisitive and conversational style.
Slate also has a three part video interview with Glass
about his approach to interviewing.