The Importance Of Surprise
'This American Life' host and producer Ira Glass shares an insight about how to tell a moving story.
Last week, Seattle’s Benaroya Hall was host to Ira Glass, producer of the popular This American Life radio program. Glass spoke to The Seattle Times and shared some interesting behind the scenes anecdotes from his award winning program.
On asked whether the stories for This American Life are taken from his routine life-experiences, he says:
There are not that many things so interesting I wish I had to bat away stories. Stories need characters you can relate to. The plot has to be surprising, leading to thoughts about the world that are interesting and universal. Even stories of life-changing, traumatic events can lack surprise.