Lilah chats with Ira Glass, the host of This American Life, the long running, seminal and wildly popular radio show that launched a genre of podcasting. But what does its name really mean? And what does American life look like today? They discuss reporting during a pandemic, whether the show has spurred or stifled creativity in audio, how having a more diverse staff has changed their stories — and why Ira is so often name-checked on online dating sites.

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A great example of New Journalism: Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, by Gay Talese https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/a638/frank-sinatra-has-a-cold-gay-talese/ 

FT piece on gardening as ‘weeding the psyche’ (paywall): https://www-ft-com.eur.idm.oclc.org/content/2ce783ba-6944-11ea-a3c9-1fe6fedcca75 

DJ D-Nice, who hosts Club Quarantine funk and hip hop dance parties on Instagram Live: https://www.instagram.com/dnice

The Salt Drop, Lilah’s workout recommendation: https://www.instagram.com/thesaltdrop

FT piece on the rise the lockdown celebrity (paywall): https://www-ft-com.eur.idm.oclc.org/content/a51fa513-423e-4e93-9097-bef36129d0a4

Gris’ film recommendation, Honeyland, is on Hulu

Lilah’s TV recommendation, Unorthodox, is on Netflix


Recommended This American Life episodes

'The Test', a recent episode about coronavirus: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/698/the-test 

'We Come from Small Places', about Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Parade: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/685/we-come-from-small-places 

'Are We There Yet', about the refugee crisis in Greece: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/592/are-we-there-yet 

'Tell Me I'm Fat', one of Gris' favourite episodes of TAL: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/589/tell-me-im-fat 

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