A long time ago in a public radio galaxy far, far away called 1995, the median listener age was 87, nobody ever said um or like on the air, all stories ran just one way — front to back — and were narrated with the plummy-voiced elocution of the Founding Fathers, and semiotics was just one more thing Medicare refused to cover. Nineteen years, five Peabody Awards and 500-plus episodes of This American Life later, all that has changed, thanks to the post-post-modern vision, wry melancholia and casually precise broadcasting style of the show’s host/founder, who, back when he was still a pre-med undergrad on a summer internship at National Public Radio, dared to dream of a new vernacular for telling stories on the radio. On Saturday, The 13th Annual First Person Arts Festival will present REINVENTING RADIO: AN EVENING WITH IRA GLASS at the Merriam Theater, wherein the host/founder of public radio’s This American Life will show and tell how all that trailblazing, game-changing, award-winning sausage gets made. Lucky you, we have a coupla pairs of tix to giveaway to some lucky Phawker readers! To qualify to win all you have to do is sign up for our mailing list (see right, below the masthead) AND follow us on Twitter and then drop us a note at FEED@PHAWKER.COM telling us as much or that you already do. Use the magic subject line SQUIRREL COP. Please include your full name and a mobile number for confirmation. Good luck and godspeed!
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