Compelling stories are explored every day on "This American Life," the nearly 15-year-old, award-winning Chicago Public Radio show that boasts a devoted weekly listening audience of 1.7 million, and is heard on more than 500 stations nationally. The series, created in 1995 by host and executive producer Ira Glass, pioneered a unique way of telling stories on the radio. Its first-person telling of these revealing stories makes the radio series a great fit for television.
In the same spirit of the radio show, the televised version of THIS AMERICAN LIFE takes 30-minute looks at stories culled from all over the country. Glass and a small team of radio producers and filmmakers spent six months on the road: traveling to Iowa pig farms, following a first-time filmmaker in California, photographing a raucous night at an Illinois hot dog stand. The result is true stories that are dramatic, emotional, and often funny.
The widely popular, award-winning Chicago Public Radio show of the same name debuted on the small screen on March 22, 2007 on Showtime. Drawing on compelling stories from everyday folks culled from six months on the road, host Ira Glass and company create a specific brand of radio and television entertainment that is uniquely American.
The series is based on the award-winning show of the same name that was created by Chicago Public Radio and Ira Glass.
Each episode will be hosted by Ira Glass and will explore a single theme or topic through the unique juxtaposition of first-person storytelling and whimsical narrative, allowing for the shows distinct and original voice. The visual interpretation of the radio series will reflect the structure and spirit of the radio show that has grown to be one of the most popular and innovative programs in the medium. (from Showtime's press release).