Ira Glass was just telling us about psych experiments where baby monkeys were smacked around and rejected by fake
moms and then the young primates became obsessed with winning back their robot mothers love. It was the Unconditional
Love episode of This American Life and, much like the others in this NPR series of weekly radio programs, it got us all
chocked up and blurry-eyed. Glasss warbled timbre has hosted the show since it premiered in 1995 under the title Your
Radio Playhouse. Its been immortalized in live broadcasts in movie theaters, in comic books, and even on The O.C., where it
was referred to as that show by those hipster know-it-alls who talk about how fascinating ordinary people are. Ouch.
This Saturday at 6:30 p.m., the king of the hipster know-it-alls will discuss the creative process behind This American
Life during a fundraiser for Miamis public radio station, WLRN. But despite its good intentions, One Night Only: Ira Glass
threatens to play into the stereotypes about the liberal elite, because very few fascinating ordinary people will be able to
afford the event.
Sat., Nov. 13, 6:30 p.m., 2010