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Quotes of the day: Ira Glass

Published Monday, March 02, 2015 @ 7:30 PM EST
Mar 02 2015

Ira Jeffrey Glass (b. March 3, 1959) is an American public radio personality and the host and producer of the radio and television show This American Life. (Click here for full Wikipedia article)


There is a feeling, when you listen to radio, that it's one person, and they're talking to you, and you really feel their presence as one person.

Grease and starch just always win over protein. In food as in so many things. Look around you, that's what our whole country is based on. It's amazing that Michael Jordan can be an iconic figure because he's basically just protein.

Reporters tend to find in others what they are suited to find, so there is a whole school of reporting where they are cynical about the world, and everything reinforces that.

You'd think that radio was around long enough that someone would have coined a word for staring into space.

Where radio is different than fiction is that even mediocre fiction needs purpose, a driving question.

I can only control what I can control.

I think stories get better the more people try to amuse themselves.

In most daily journalism, you only fact-check something if it seems a little fishy.

In radio, you have two tools. Sound and silence.

Radio is for driving.

The flakier your mission, the fiercer you have to be on the business side.

People are generally forced to change. We don't want to change, and then something absolutely forces us to realize that what we are doing isn't working or that our picture of the world is wrong. We fail. So we change.

The TiVo is really an amazing machine. Like everyone who has one, I totally recommend it. Just as everyone who's married will tell you to get married, and everyone who has a baby tells you to have a baby, everyone who owns a TiVo will tell you to get a TiVo, and they'll say things like 'Your life will be completely different.' It's true.

We live in a world where joy and empathy and pleasure are all around us, there for the noticing.

Great stories happen to those who can tell them.

Where do ideas come from? Ideas come from other ideas.

Just when did I get to the point when staying at a hotel wasn't fun?


(March 3 is also the birthday of James (Jimmy) Doohan.)

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