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Appearing on ‘This American Life’ This Week Or Maybe Next, It Depends On A Lot of Factors

July 8th, 2009 by Jeff Simmermon

So, it’s as official as it gets. I just heard from the producers today who confirmed it as a “go,” with the caveat “anything can happen, but we’re looking good.” I’m going to have a story on this week’s episode of “This American Life,” and I couldn’t be more thrilled about it.

It’s a new version of a story I performed at The Moth’s GrandSlam a few months ago. I pitched it to This American Life with that video, and they brought me into the studio for an interview a few weeks ago.

And here’s the REAL dirt on Ira Glass:

There is none.

He’s super-friendly, very comfortable to be around, and pretty much one of the most professional people you’ll ever going to meet. He’s the storytelling equivalent of Chesley Sullenberger. He interviewed me in a tiny booth for an hour and a half, at least, to generate the kind of tape it takes to make a five-minute story. He found stuff in that story, stuff deep inside me that I didn’t know I had and kicked it right out. It was amazing, terrifying, exhausting and exhilarating all over the place, all at once.

I can’t wait to hear how the piece comes out. I worked for at least a month on the Moth version, and consequently burned the lines into my synapses. This is different. I think it went deeper, more off-script and into the deep weeds, which is where all the best stories hang out.

To hear the show on the radio, do this:

  • Click here.
  • On the right-hand side, there’s a little pull-down for the program you’re looking for. Select “This American Life,” and your home state.
  • You’ll get a page showing you what time and station the show is on.

To hear the show online, try this:

It goes out live into the world on Friday at 8pm. Then affiliate stations pick it up and run it whenever they like after that. If you happen to be in Norfolk, VA, for example, the show is on Fridays at 1 PM. Which means that you’ll have to hear it on the air on July 17th at 1 PM.

Sorry this is all complicated. But that’s how it works out. I’ll grab a copy of the piece my own self and store it on my server for relentless self-promotion if you want to hear it online sometime later, too.

I’m just tickled to death.

Hope you guys can hear it — and hope you all enjoy it, too.

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