Watch Ira Glass from ”This American Life” in a “Master Class in Storytelling”

In 2007 one of the Gel speakers was Ira Glass, host of the NPR (and later PBS) program called This American Life. Here is the video of his talk, “one of the most popular Gel talks ever.” In it, he discusses — with many examples from the show — the elements of a good story. On the surface, he’s discussing good broadcast stories, but I believe he’s really talking about story in general.

Here’s the video; it’s over a half-hour long, so give yourself a good block of time to listen. (Just pretend you’ve got NPR turned on in the background — there’s no particular reason to watch this).

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