Posts Tagged ‘Completely random’

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 | BleacherReport.com | 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

via TheNewsHouse.com

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 Etsy.com)

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

Question No. 24: “What are you dressing up as this year?”

October 29, 2009

Ira Question Written by Nathan Mattise

In spirit of this weekend’s holiday, there’s something I’ve been wanting to ask virtually any celebrity. It might be even more pertinent to Ira Glass however.

As someone who has acknowledged a lack of interest in the spotlight, it has to be weird for Ira Glass to see his likeness everywhere. His notoriety isn’t even built on his image, but it’s not as if people are recording his voice for answering machines or home video voice overs. He appears on things as random as Whiskey Bar signs and has folks aspire to be him on Halloween.

Trick-or-Treat Ira…

What  is your reaction when you see people wanting to recreate your image? Are you flattered? Is it surreal? Does it make you self-conscious? (All this especially given… your medium of choice is imageless).

Links: Flickr | Hulu

E-mail us if you have a question for Ira Glass to discuss or if you have insight on this one.

Question No. 23: “Has anyone ever told you that you sound like…”

October 28, 2009

Ira Question | Written by Nathan Mattise

My top five all-time greatest voices:
5. Howard Cossell
3. Morgan Freeman
1. Jimmy Stewart

Um, so…

What voices did you grow up emulating? If you could trade voices with someone, would you (and if so, who would it be)?

Links: YouTube | Hulu

E-mail us if you have a question for Ira Glass to discuss or if you have insight on this one.

Question No.19: “Did you ever ask that guy?”

October 21, 2009

Ira Question Written by Nathan Mattise

If I was ever offered the opportunity to appear/read/write/hold a microphone for a This American Life story, I’d drop everything and start driving to Chicago.

I’m an aspiring journalist with a super high love for the work of Ira Glass and Co. however.  I know they’ve been turned down on offers to contribute before (I’m looking at you, Ed Norton. Johnny Depp said yes).

After salivating over the thought of Malcolm Gladwell and Ira interacted on something, it got me thinking about a lot of my other favorite writers. They’re all incredible storytellers who find unique angles and utilize a great literary voice for storytelling  (Bourdain, Klosterman, Eggers… I mean Amazon probably recommends them if you like TAL regular Sedaris).

So, have you asked yet…

Do you ever entertain the idea of having some recognizeable storytellers contribute to This American Life? Have you been turned down by some of these folks or do you simply never consider it because you worry about the story losing some of its focus to the teller him/herself?

Links: Wikipedia | TampaBay.com

E-mail us if you have a question for Ira Glass to discuss or if you have insight on this one.

Question No. 17: “When you were a little kid…”

October 19, 2009

Ira Question Written by Nathan Mattise

I’m not going to lie – if I meet Ira Glass, I’ll be briefly shellshocked.

Meeting anyone noteworthy is a moment. If that person is considerably hip, it adds even more weight to the instant. If that person is someone who you admire strongly for their work and aspire to emulate, it’s potentially once-in-a-lifetime.

I could go on about how Ira Glass inspires me to better storytelling or how I’d do anything just to intern at TAL for a few months, but there’s no need to (largely because I even namedropped him in my profile on NewsHouse.com).

The focus, as always, is on Ira. Well, in this case…

Who were some of the individuals that inspired you to become the storyteller you are today? What in particular about these individuals did you admire and potentially try to emulate?

Links: The NewsHouse

E-mail us if you have a question for Ira Glass to discuss or if you have insight on this one.

Question No. 15: “Let me ask…”

October 14, 2009

Ira Question | Written by Nathan Mattise

Isn’t that weird?

I thought the same thing when I watched Ted Koppel on stage a week or so ago. When you’re a notable host/journalist/storyteller, so much of your life is devoted towards asking the questions and discussing others (what they think, what they did, who they are, etc.).  Having the tables turned on you just seems so incredibly unnatural, yet with any big TAL initiative Ira Glass gets thrown on the media tour.

So, Ira, first question…

How does it feel to be interviewed when so much of your life is devoted towards telling the stories of others?

Links: Colbert Nation | The NewsHouse

E-mail us if you have a question for Ira Glass to discuss or if you have insight on this one.

Question No. 12: “Breakfast of Champions…”

October 8, 2009

Ira Question | Written by Nathan Mattise

This afternoon I lost a create-a-sandwich contest. We needed to submit our best culinary creation to honor the new dean of the communications school. I had a Top Five entry but ultimately came up short.
What does any of this have to do with Ira? Well, someone at the event chatted with me about his upcoming SU appearance…

Have you ever been immortalized in a menu item? If not, what food would be the most “Ira Glass?”

Links: The NewsHouse

E-mail us if you have a question for Ira Glass to discuss or if you have insight on this one.