So there's this radio show hosted by this guy with an unusual voice, and most of the stories are about 'normal' people who have big realizations about everyday things*. And this radio show also uses a lot of the same instrumental music over and over again**. Now, I have a deep affection for this show, and, like many young producers, it even drew me to radio to begin with. But–I'm sure you knew the "but" was coming–I have to wonder what's on the horizon for public radio. What will be the "next" This American Life
? And where does new storytelling originate in radio, anyway? I tackled these very questions*** in "A.D. Ira: Is There Life After This American Life?"
*See "This American Life Completes Documentation of Liberal, Upper-Middle-Class Existence" in The Onion. Brilliant.
**I used to feel wistful when I listened to the band Boards of Canada; now, thanks to This American Life, I hear Boards of Canada when I feel wistful.
***And like most titular rhetorical questions, my answer is a variation on a theme of "kinda"
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