Cal Poly Arts presentsReinventing Radio: An Afternoon with Ira Glass,” 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 12, 2015 at the Performing Arts Center. (Note new curtain time)

Glass, the Award-winning creator and host of the popular public radio show, “This American Life,” talks about his program and how it’s put together: what makes a compelling story, where they find the amazing stories for their show, and how he and his staff are trying to push broadcast journalism to do things it doesn’t usually do.

For example, one of TAL’s producers created the highly-addictive weekly “Serial” podcast in which – at the request of a convicted killer – a real-life murder case was re-examined and new evidence was brought to light.

As part of his afternoon presentation, Glass mixes stories from the show live onstage, combining his narration with pre-taped quotes and music, recreating the sound of the show as the audience watches. He also plays funny and memorable moments from past shows, taking about what was behind their creation.

“Basically, I stand on stage…with an iPad that has clips from the radio show, (along with) quotes and music that we use…and the ambient sound from the show. (As) I’m standing there on stage, I can kind of create the radio show around me,” the celebrated host explains.

“(Reinventing Radio) is a combination of me talking about the radio show, how we make it and why it’s made the way it is, and clips from the radio show, memorable moments – essentially a lot of funny clips. Like a lot of people, when I get in front of an audience, I get nervous if people are not laughing a lot, so partly it’s just an excuse to play really funny stuff to a roomful of people.”

Student and adult tickets for the performance range from $32 to $58 and may be purchased in advance at the Cal Poly Ticket Office, Monday – Saturday, noon to 6 p.m., located on Grand Avenue on the Cal Poly campus.

TICKETS: 805/756-4TIX (4849) or order online at

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