America’s Top Radio Host Ira Glass

Speaks in South Dakota on April 5


Ticket sales open at Washington Pavilion


   Ira Glass, the mesmerizing host of public radio’s THIS AMERICAN LIFE, is coming to South Dakota for a special appearance next spring.

   “Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass” is Saturday, April 5, 7:30pm,  at the Washington Pavilion in Sioux Falls. The evening includes a 60-minute presentation and a 30-minute Q&A session. Glass will recreate some of the sounds of the show for the audience by mixing live onstage stories with pre-taped quotes and music. In addition, the show features a "best of" segment from the series' funniest moments.

   To Buy Tickets

  • Go to
  • Call the Washington Pavilion at (605) 367-6000
  • Stop by the Washington Pavilion in person.

Box office hours are 9:30am to 5pm Monday-Thursday and Saturday;  9:30am to 8pm on Fridays; and Noon to 5pm on Sundays.

   The event is sponsored by the Friends of South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

   To check on the availablility of premium donor tickets, call Friends at 800-333-0789. $360 donors may get a pair of tickets to the event plus two tickets to the meet and greet with Ira Glass at 6pm April 5. $240 donors may get a pair of tickets guaranteed in the first 10 rows.

   Glass, who has been called the best radio host in America by Time Magazine, is the creative mind behind THIS AMERICAN LIFE. The program, produced by Chicago Public Media and distributed by Public Radio International, airs on more than 500 public radio stations across the country, reaching 1.8 listeners. Glass has earned a prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award and the program also has earned the Peabody, the duPont-Columbia and the Overseas Press Club awards.

   Glass started working in public radio in 1978, when he was 19, as an intern at NPR's headquarters in DC. Over the next 17 years, he worked on nearly every NPR news show and did nearly every production job: tape-cutter, desk assistant, newscast writer, editor, producer, reporter, and substitute host. He moved to Chicago in 1989 and put THIS AMERICAN LIFE on the air in 1995.

   THIS AMERICAN LIFE  has no set format. Each one-hour show revolves around a theme and digs into the lives of all kinds of Americans.

   This is how THIS AMERICAN LIFE describes itself:

   “We view the show as an experiment. We try things. There was the show where we taped for 24 hours in an all-night restaurant. And the show where we put a band together from musicians' classified ads. And the show where we followed a group of swing voters for months, recording their reactions to everything that happened in the campaign, right up through their final decision. And the show where we had a story for each of the Ten Commmandments. Or the one where our producers all collected stories for a weekend at the same rest stop. We also occasionally do our own versions of stories that are in the news, including award winning economics coverage that spawned another entire program called Planet Money.”

   Whatever the topic, the program is always fascinating and unexpected.

   Listeners can tune in weekly on SDPB Radio on Saturdays at Noon (11 MT) and Sundays at 5pm (4 MT).


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