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This American Life 

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An anthology of true stories pertaining to various themes are illustrated.
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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Ira Glass ...  Himself 12 episodes, 2007-2008
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National Public Radio's long-running documentary series makes the leap to TV, telling stories culled from all across the nation. Host Ira Glass (who's pulling double-duty on the TV show as he's also the host on radio) and a team of filmmakers spend months on the road finding stories they think would be interesting to viewers -- stories involving Iowa pig farms, an Illinois hot-dog stand and a man who spends several hours a day in his family's mausoleum, among other tales. Many of the stories featured on the show were originally told on the radio show, with video added for the TV audience. Written by Jwelch5742

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Documentary

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TV-14
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USA

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English

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22 March 2007 (USA) See more »

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Эта американская жизнь See more »

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USA

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$50,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Resembles the radio show to a T!
10 April 2007 | by bobscottSee all my reviews

Being a fan of NPR's "This American Life" for so many years, I couldn't wait to see this show from the moment I heard about it. Just like the radio show, the television series finds fascination in the mundane, tells the stories that might otherwise never be told. And with each story, perhaps, you might gain a little insight into what makes different people tick.

Ira Glass's narration is always just enough, never overbearing, and the presentation is visually very artistic. The soundtrack accompanying the narration and interviews is just as fitting as it is on the radio show, and it really just makes a great transition from radio to television.

If you enjoy creative documentary-style storytelling, this is certainly a show you'll enjoy.


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