Our most ambitious live show ever! Nearly 50 actors, singers, dancers, musicians, and comedians onstage including Sasheer Zamata, Stephin Merritt, Mike Birbiglia, and an original mini-musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda.
David Sedaris, David Rakoff, Tig Notaro, Glynn Washington, Terry Gross, Mike Birbiglia, Ryan Knighton, dance by Monica Bill Barnes & Company, music by OK Go (who created an app so the audience could play along with the band).
Dan Savage, David Rakoff, and Mike Birbiglia. Plus: Joss Whedon sings!
Episode 1 in our Videos 4 U series: we helped Maia say three words to her boyfriend she’d never said before. This video won an Emmy!
Maia surprises Alex with her Videos 4 U short where she finally says, “I love you.”
Episode 2 in our Videos 4 U series: We helped Maggie tell her parents that she had lots of tattoos, a fact she’d hidden for years.
Our collaboration with The New Yorker. This was the cover of their Dec 7, 2015, issue. Everyone who got the digital version of that issue on this iPad or phone could push “play” and the cover would come to life as an animated short.
Chris Ware and animator John Kuramoto made two cartoons for the TV version of our radio show. This is the first.
The second cartoon Chris Ware and John Kuramoto made for our TV show, animating a story told by Radiolab host Robert Krulwich and his wife, Tamar.
15 million people watched this on Facebook. Right before the 2016 election, we asked Sara Bareilles to imagine what President Obama might be thinking about Donald Trump, but couldn’t say publicly. Leslie Odom Jr. sang.
Just before the 2016 election, we asked the Frozen songwriters Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez to imagine what Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was feeling, but couldn’t say publicly, about Donald Trump. Neil Patrick Harris sang the part of Paul Ryan.
The third song we commissioned on the eve of the 2016 election. Broadway composer Michael Friedman imagined what RNC Chairman Reince Priebus might be thinking, but not expressing publicly. John Ellison Conlee sang.
An animation about “Toxie,” a toxic asset that reporters from Planet Money bought in 2010.
Ira explains how to use our Shortcut app to share clips from This American Life on social media.
Ira writes: “Somehow, this interview I did with Current TV long ago became so well-known among creative types, that sometimes it feels more famous than our radio show.”
Ira gives a commencement speech denouncing the very idea of commencement speeches. He also tries to give helpful pointers to the grads.
S-Town host and This American Life Senior Producer Brian Reed spoke about the three key elements of a good story: action, reflection, and stakes.
Ira writes: “I did this interview in the press tour for Sleepwalk with Me. Every now and then, I run into someone who makes movies – or tries to make them – who tells me how much they related to it.”
When we launched Serial, we learned how many people still didn’t know how to hear a podcast. Ira asked an octogenarian friend, Mary Ahearn, to help him explain it.
Ira talks about our “Poultry Slam” episodes and one particular listener’s reaction.
Sarah Koenig, host of Serial, talked to Stephen Colbert about Season Two.
Brian Reed, host of S-Town, talked to Jimmy Fallon about how a chance email sent by a fascinating Alabama antique clock restorer led to the podcast.
As part of The Tonight Show’s Mixtape series, Brian Reed shared what podcasts he’s listening to, plus the storytelling styles that helped inspire S-Town.
Ira talks about tweeting and Shakespeare.
When the Academy of Arts and Letters gave Ira a medal for spoken language, he gave this speech.
Google sometimes invites people in to give little talks or Q&As. Ira was asked, while he was visiting California.