Ira Glass is the host and producer of the public radio program "This American Life." The program premiered in Chicago on November 17, 1995, and went into full national distribution through Public Radio International in June of 1997. Glass began his career as an intern at National Public Radio's network headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 1978, when he was 19 years old. Over the years, he worked on nearly every NPR network news program and held virtually every production job in NPR's Washington headquarters. He has been a tape cutter, newscast writer, desk assistant, editor and producer. He has filled in as host of "Talk of the Nation" and "Weekend All Things Considered."
Glass's creative talents reach beyond public media. In 2007 Riverhead published "The New Kings of Non-Fiction," a collection of narrative nonfiction essays chosen by Ira Glass. A feature film, "Unaccompanied Minors," based on a story from the radio show was released by Warner Brothers in December 2006. Several other film adaptations of radio stories are in development. From 2007- 2008, a television adaptation of "This American Life" aired on Showtime, garnering critical acclaim and three Emmy awards.