Temporarily out of stock! Check back December 15th. You can get version 2 here.
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.
On May 10 2012, we took everything we learned from putting on the 2009 live show and made it even more incredible. This show features stories and performances by David Sedaris, Tig Notaro, David Rakoff, Glynn Washington, Monica Bill Barnes & Co., and OK Go. There's found photography, confetti, interactive music, a short film starring Terry Gross, and dance. Ira says it's "one of the best things we have ever done on This American Life."
The DVD's packaging was designed by Claire Keane, who also did the animations for the show. You can watch the full-size trailer for the DVD (and purchase a download of the recording, if you prefer) here.