An Evening with Ira Glass: Seven Things I’ve Learned

Photo Compliments of OSU – Jesse Michener

Oregon State University’s School of Arts & Communication will present “An Evening with Ira Glass: Seven Things I’ve Learned,” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 17, in the LaSells Stewart Center, 875 S.W. 26th Street.

Glass is the creator, producer and host of “This American Life,” a weekly radio program that is heard each week by over 2.2 million listeners on more than 500 public radio stations in the U.S., Australia and Canada. Each episode of the program’s podcast is downloaded by about 2.5 million people.

Using audio clips, music and video, Glass will share lessons from his life and career in storytelling. During his presentation, Glass will mix stories live on stage and help the audience better follow the creative process, sharing answers to questions such as: What inspires him to create? What drives his passion? How have failures and successes informed his decisions?

Glass began his career as an intern at National Public Radio’s network headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 1978 when he was 19. Over the years, he worked on nearly every NPR network news program and held virtually every production job in NPR’s Washington headquarters. He has been a tape cutter, newscast writer, desk assistant, editor, reporter and producer. He has filled in as host of “Talk of the Nation” and the weekend edition of “All Things Considered.”

Under Glass’ editorial direction, “This American Life” has won the highest honors for broadcasting and journalistic excellence, including five Peabody awards.

Tickets are $35 and $45 in advance and $40 and $50 at the door. They are available online at

OSU students may reserve a free seat in advance by going to Fairbanks Hall 309 A or B, or by calling 541-737-5592. SAC Presents participates in Corvallis Arts for All. SNAP participants with an Oregon Trail Card may purchase up to two tickets for $5 each at the door while seats last. No other discounts apply. For more information, call 541-737-5592.

The talk is part of the SAC Presents performing arts series. The 2017-18 season marks the series’ third year. The goal of the series is to bring well-known headliners, rising stars and unique, lesser-known artists and ensembles to the community.

This season, SAC Presents is partnering with OSU KidSpirit to offer child care in Langton Hall during performances. Children must be 3 or older and fully potty trained. Advance registration is required for child care. More information, including reservation and pricing details, is available online at

Also new this year, food, beer and wine, and non-alcoholic beverages are available for purchase from Valley Catering beginning at 6 p.m. in the lobby of the LaSells Stewart Center. Food and beverages also will be allowed in the Austin Auditorium.

SAC Presents is funded in part by donations made during the Cornerstone Campaign for the Arts and by OSU Friends of the Arts.

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