From radio, to TV, to Podcast, to stage, to big screen—there’s no medium the bespectacled radio wonk Ira Glass can’t master. Tonight, he returns to NYU’s Skirball Center for This American Life—Live! with a hipster/geek/critically acclaimed bunch of popular TAL contributors for a live taping to be broadcast in HD to more than 400 national movie theaters. Past themes of the quirky radio-turned-TV series, which revels in the oddities of everyday life, range from “Scenes From a Mall” to “Life After Death.” Tonight’s theme is “Return to the Scene of the Crime,” featuring storytelling by sex columnist Dan Savage, public radio producer and writer Starlee Kine, and comedian Mike Birbiglia; a “special investigation” by journalist David Rakoff and comic Dave Hill; a new cartoon by Chris Ware; and an appearance by special guest Joss Whedon, creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Thu., April 23, 7:30 p.m., 2009