Ira Glass is the mastermind behind This American Life, the public radio and podcast hit. This American Life seems to have a permanent spot on the iTunes Top Five podcast list, and it is probably the most popular public radio show in the United States. The show itself is a master class in storytelling every week, delivering powerful audio stories that span every conceivable topic.
This American Life is a major inspiration to our storytellers. For many of our staff and volunteers it is practically required listening each week. Because of this Ira Glass is a huge influence on our work.
When we first started doing holding quarterly workshops for our team several years ago we showed this four-part video to our team as a way to think about storytelling. Since then we continue to recommend it to storytellers from all over.
One quick note: it is an old video, and the image quality is not the best, but the content is great.