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What’s next and a few Ira links from the past month…

January 16, 2010

How did your semester go?

Great question… and I’ve fielded it every year since 2004. The answer always varies but I can say I never thought my response would include, “Well, I got to meet Ira Glass.”

I still struggle with describing this to folks. It’s like a good high school basketball player getting 15 minutes with Michael Jordan- you’re at the point where you are strongly immersed in the craft and can really appreciate how incredibly brilliant the person sitting across from you is.  It strengthens your desire to achieve your professional goals and helps you refocus on what you need to do next to grow. Plus, you can’t stop mentioning it to everyone who cares even an ounce about that particular entity.

So if meeting Ira Glass was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, then Questions for Ira Glass will be too (sort-of). This blog helped focus my thoughts (that, thankfully, later became true interview questions), force me into a new writing copy-cycle, strengthen my pursuit of articles to read and also likely helped my credibility to gain the interview assignment.

All of that is too good to simply stop. You can’t talk to Ira Glass every month, so Questions for Ira Glass may be done. There are plenty of other personal heroes that occasionally sneak through CNY however so Questions for (Someone) is something that’s definitely on the horizon. I even have the first post-Ira candidate in mind.

Until then, enough about me and this site. Here’s some of what’s been going on with Ira since November:

Links: PRI’s Twitter feed | WBEZ’s Twitter feed | | The Daily Collegian | Etsy

E-mail us if you have any suggestions on who should be the focus of a Questions blog next… or if you have any more Ira info.

Was it really a week ago already?

November 24, 2009

I couldn’t sleep at all the night before, the day itself was a blur. I needed to somehow document what November 17 was like for me as an official interviewer for Ira Glass. This is the video diary more or less.

I. Sat. Down. And. Talked. With. Ira. Glass.

November 17, 2009


Tomorrow, Syracuse welcomes Ira Glass!

November 16, 2009

Some of the welcoming signs he can expect in CNY tomorrow:

via the Syracuse University homepage

via Syracuse University Food Services

via me (if they shipped overnight, instead it’s just a dream on

via Al’s Wine & Whiskey Bar (in Downtown Syracuse)

via the official university flier all over campus

via a Twitter search of “Ira Glass” near and around “Syracuse, N.Y.”

via me, and there’s a lot more where that comes from today. Follow @NathanMattise or search #IraGlass

The Next Four Weeks: What question(s) should make the cut?

November 11, 2009

Ira comes in less than a week! Time to narrow down the Q’s for my ten minutes with him (well, and then the hour long convo I get to sit in on plus the Q&A during his speech at night…)

Question No. 18

Question No. 19

Question No. 22

Question No. 27

Question No. 30

The best questions of the first four weeks

The First Four Weeks: What question(s) should make the cut?

October 19, 2009

November 17 isn’t too far away, I’ll need to find questions if (and when) I get the chance to ask Ira.

Question No. 1

Question No. 2

Question No. 4

Question No. 7

Question No. 15

No question today…

October 7, 2009

…because it’s my birthday and we already know what Ira says about birthdays.