Sunday, September 21, 2014

Ira Glass: Radio Ira, Real Ira

As Ira Glass was getting ready to perform Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host in our area as part of his cousin Philip Glass’s Days and Nights Festival, I grabbed the opportunity to chat with him. We talked about Three Acts, a movement-and-storytelling piece he created with dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass. Willy-nilly the conversation turned to Ira’s radio career, the version of himself he plays on air and the benefits of keeping some things close to the vest.

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

2012: The Home Stretch

Though it sometimes pains me to repeat material, I’ve been preoccupied with work and other non-radio commitments, so I’ve had to raid the archives in the final weeks of aught-twelve. Rest assured, I’m filling the hopper with new material for ‘13. Here’s what we’ve heard in the last couple of shows:

Dec 30, 2012: Getting seriously soulful with singer Gregory Porter 

Dec 23, 2012: Mapping the brain with neuroscientist Sebastian Seung

Dec 16, 2012: Bringing music to life (and vice-versa) with composer Elena Kats-Chernin

Dec 9, 2012:   Searching for happiness with filmmaker Roko Belic

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Show for July 22, 2012. The Kitchen Sisters, from Radio Docs to the Concert Hall

Like so many other radiophiles, I was inspired to get into the medium by the work of great independent producers like the Kitchen Sisters—Nikki Silva and Davia Nelson. In fact, this show originates from the same station (KUSP) where Nikki and Davia cut their teeth. They’d left the station 20-some years before I got there, but Nikki was kind enough to give this newb some very helpful starting tips (she turned me on to my first digital editing program, Pro Tools Free). So it was really nice to finally sit down with her and learn about her own radio beginnings. We listened to some of the earliest and still-cool Kitchen Sisters recordings (Rattlesnakes, The Road Ranger and Ernie Morgan, World Champion One-Handed Pool Player) and discussed the latest evolution of their work: The Hidden World of Girls, Stories For Orchestra. Adapted from their Hidden World of Girls radio series, the new orchestral/multimedia production premieres at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music on July 28 and 29. Listening to Nikki talk, you can hear one of the essential ingredients in the Kitchen Sisters’ success: a lot of passion and a lot of heart.

Davia Nelson (L) and Nikki Silva

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Sunday, January 30, 2011

Show for Jan 30, 2011: Comedian and Podcaster Marc Maron

Marc Maron was at a low point in his life in late 2009 when he took up a new sideline: interviewing fellow comedians in a podcast he calls What the Fuck. Marc’s funny, raw and often revelatory heart-to-hearts with the likes of Louie C.K., Judd Apatow, Carlos Mencia, Robin Williams, Janeane Garofalo, Sarah Silverman and many others have made WTF one of the most listened-to podcasts on the web—and won him glowing write-ups in Rolling Stone and the NY Times. Marc and I talked about the impact of WTF on his life, his sometimes uneasy relationships with other comics, his on-mic persona and the differences between conventional radio (Marc was a host on Air America) and the freer world of podcasting.

Click the “play” arrow above to listen to the interview, or download the MP3 here.