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Ira Glass Comes Back to Chicago ... For A Day

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on Jan 28, 2008 7:48PM

2008_01_thisamericanlife.gifIra Glass wasn’t so popular with Chicagoans in 2006, when he announced that he would be moving production of This American Life from Chicago to New York. Showtime had approached Glass and his production staff with a television deal, but the budget just couldn’t work without a New York transplant, so the deal was sealed. Glass has publicly addressed this issue, saying “I’ve always said that because I end up working, like, 70 or 80 hours over the course of a week, I could be on the space shuttle and it wouldn’t make a difference.”

Glass and his crew worked hard to make sure that radio program translated well to TV, and reviewers seem to think they did a pretty good job. The network must be happy with the results as well, since they've picked it up for a second season. Now Season One of Showtime’s This American Life is available on DVD, and Glass will be at Borders tomorrow evening to discuss topics from the season and sign copies, which are exclusively for sale at Borders stores: a great opportunity for a fan of the radio show, the television show, or both.

Glass appears at the Borders at 830 N. Michigan Ave., tomorrow, January 29 at 7 p.m. Free.

Thanks, Amy!