Lilah chats with Ira Glass, the host of This American Life, the long running, seminal and wildly popular radio show that launched a genre of podcasting. But what does its name really mean? And what does American life look like today? They discuss reporting during a pandemic, whether the show has spurred or stifled creativity in audio, how having a more diverse staff has changed their stories — and why Ira is so often name-checked on online dating sites.


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Links from the episode

Tell us what you think of Culture Call (and be entered to win a pair of Bose wireless headphones): 

A great example of New Journalism: Frank Sinatra Has a Cold, by Gay Talese 

FT piece on gardening as ‘weeding the psyche’ (paywall): 

DJ D-Nice, who hosts Club Quarantine funk and hip hop dance parties on Instagram Live:

The Salt Drop, Lilah’s workout recommendation:

FT piece on the rise the lockdown celebrity (paywall):

Gris’ film recommendation, Honeyland, is on Hulu

Lilah’s TV recommendation, Unorthodox, is on Netflix


Recommended This American Life episodes

'The Test', a recent episode about coronavirus: 

'We Come from Small Places', about Brooklyn’s West Indian Day Parade: 

'Are We There Yet', about the refugee crisis in Greece: 

'Tell Me I'm Fat', one of Gris' favourite episodes of TAL: 

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