This may be the best piece of merchandise we've ever created. It is certainly the most stuff we've ever crammed into one item. It's a custom molded 2GB USB drive - a 3D version of our logo, where the word "THIS" is a removable cap - filled with 35 favorite of the radio show, hand picked by host Ira Glass. Not enough? It also includes the entire video of our 2009 stage show that went live to movie theaters. So That's 35 HOURS of This American Life radio episodes, plus an hour and a half of video, all contained in a little 2 1/2" tall flash drive. Plug it into any computer and play them off of the drive, or copy them into your iTunes or media player. The drive can be re-used to store your data, and comes in a smart little protective metal tin (not pictured). It's a perfect gift for introducing someone to the show, or for someone who's already a fan. Only $35 (for $61 worth of stuff - $35 to download the shows, $16 for the video and $10 for a custom USB drive). Click here to see the full list of shows, and listen to Ira Glass talking about this item.
We hereby present our newest piece of merchandise, a custom-molded USB drive (with entirely different content than our first one) with more than a dozen interviews that Ira Glass has conducted on stage over the years, with luminaries such as TV host Rachel Maddow, author Michael Lewis ("The Big Short"), oral historian Studs Terkel, artist Chris Ware, comedian Jeff Garlin ("Curb Your Enthusiasm"), filmmaker Joss Whedon, composer (and Ira's cousin) Philip Glass, and more. Plus a few people turn the microphone on Ira, including Terry Gross and writer Dave Eggers. Fourteen interviews in total, most of which have never been available before. It also includes a 90 minute video of the This American Life staff on stage, talking about how we put the show together. Plus (yes, this is starting to feel like an infomercial for a blender) — plus seven of Ira's favorite recent episodes of the radio show. That's all on a little USB flash drive shaped like the logo of our radio show, in handsome black and white. Just remove the cap (The word "THIS"), plug into any computer, and check out these rare interviews and classic episodes.