Question No. 1: “Why Ira, why?”

Ira Question | Written by Nathan Mattise

This entire blog/project was sparked by the This American Life: Season Two DVD .  Specifically, my friends and I were moved by the John Smith piece.

My colleague who worked in broadcast journalism commented it was one of the best produced pieces of television he’s ever seen.  The other one simply warned me he cried during his first viewing.

As an aspiring journalist, everything This American Life does impresses me in terms of idea generating, execution, storytelling, emotion evoking, etc.  “The Life of John Smith” was no different.  The piece ultimately helped Season Two win two Emmys. It also has the distinction of Ira calling it, “…one of the best things we’ve ever put on, on TV or radio.

In light of all that, today’s question:

With the success of This American Life on TV and your continued pursuit of more challenging and innovative journalism, why put that project on hiatus and return to radio only?

Links:| Amazon|| WBEZ Blog

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