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This American Life: :  -- A bonus second-season edition comprised of material produced for the This American Life web site, a look at comedians and their audiences includes segments about unknown comics performing for a rowdy crowd at a club in the middle of nowhere, and a piece about Mike Birbiglia, a standup with a scathing routine about his worst gig ever.


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22 March 2007 (USA) See more »
An anthology of true stories pertaining to various themes are illustrated.
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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast [1])

Ira Glass ... Himself (12 episodes, 2007-2008)

Series Directed by
Christopher Wilcha (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Adam Beckman (2 episodes, 2008)
Series Writing credits
Nancy Updike (1 episode, 2007)
Ira Glass (1 episode, 2008)

Series Produced by
Alex Blumberg .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Mary Anderson Casavant .... associate producer / coordinating producer (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Ken Druckerman .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Jane Feltes .... producer (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Jocelyn Hayes .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Julie Snyder .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Banks Tarver .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Nancy Updike .... executive producer / producer (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Christine Vachon .... executive producer (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Kevin Vargas .... line producer / producer (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Christopher Wilcha .... co-executive producer (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Robyn Semien .... producer (6 episodes, 2008)
Series Cinematography by
Adam Beckman (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Series Film Editing by
Joe Beshenkovsky (10 episodes, 2007-2008)
Tom Donahue (3 episodes, 2007)
Series Makeup Department
Kari Bauce .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 2007)
Series Production Management
Jeremy Gould .... production manager / production supervisor (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Michael Mezaros .... post-production supervisor (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Series Sound Department
Lou Teti .... sound designer / sound re-recording mixer / ... (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Michael Legum .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Shawn Bell .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 2008)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jeremy Gould .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2008)
Series Editorial Department
Jenny Golden .... supervising editor (6 episodes, 2007)
Benjamin Murray .... on-line editor (6 episodes, 2007)
Robyn Semien .... associate editor (6 episodes, 2007)
Nadia Brittingham .... first assistant editor (6 episodes, 2008)
Veronica Rutledge .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2008)
Jasmin Way .... assistant editor (6 episodes, 2008)
Mike Nuget .... on-line editor (4 episodes, 2008)
Ira Schweitzer .... colorist (2 episodes, 2007)

Shaun Sindelman .... assistant editor (unknown episodes, 2007)
Series Music Department
Jane Feltes .... music supervisor (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Series Other crew
Rich Brush .... production assistant (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Alicia A. Murphy .... assistant production office coordinator / transcriber (12 episodes, 2007-2008)
Liz Hodes .... production coordinator (6 episodes, 2008)
Cory Monden .... technical operations manager (6 episodes, 2008)
Anthony L. Fisher .... logger (3 episodes, 2007)
William Jackson .... production assistant (3 episodes, 2007)
Ernest Belding .... location scout (2 episodes, 2007)
Ryan B. Finkel .... legal - clearance coordinator (2 episodes, 2007)
Owen Strock .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2008)

Douglass Anthony Brown .... utility production assistant (unknown episodes, 2006)
John Crotteau .... production assistant (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

USA:22 min
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
A Long Time Fan Wasn't Disappointed, 23 March 2009
Author: Chloe O'Brian from United States

Even though there have been over 375 shows, I have heard many of them over and over again and the stories haunt me for days, they are so poignant and thought provoking and timeless. I don't wish to sound hyperbolic, but I think the show has deepened my appreciation for almost everything.

This American Life focuses on stories that tend to fly below the radar, stories that you'll never hear anywhere else. As another commenter explained, Ira Glass finds the remarkable in the mundane, the beauty in everyday experiences, but he also finds the wacky stories that rarely happen and the real stories that should have been told but aren't.

The TV show retells many of the stories originally told in the radio show, which may disappoint if you were expecting new stories. Ira Glass' deep respect for his interview subject's individual viewpoints, his insightful commentary, and his careful editing couples beautifully with some of the most gorgeous cinematography I have ever seen in a documentary. Most of the episodes have kept the radio show format of telling multiple stories on a single theme, although a few of the shows only focus upon a single story because of time restraints.

Another commenter wrote that this TV show is like a "reality show". I have never seen a reality show that respects it's subjects or empathizes with them like this, nor one that explores the types of stories that Ira Glass brings to his audience. Perhaps she was responding to how raw the emotions are on the TV show, a feature that is fully present on the radio show, but it hits home so much harder when you see the expressions on the faces of the storytellers as they talk about their experiences. To me, it is honest and empathetic, and your heart breaks with them. It's beautiful.

The first season of This American Life is available on Amazon Unbox for instant play and it only costs about two dollars per episode, so try it out. It's instant gratification for less than a latte. Each week's radio show may be streamed from the TAL website for free.

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