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This American Life.

by Chris Coyier

I’m a little late to the party on this one, but in case you hadn’t seen it, “This American Life” is now a TV show. The uber popular Chicago-based radio program from Ira Glass has been on the air since 1995 and has now debuted as a television show on Showtime. I don’t have Showtime (hence the lateness), but the show is available on iTunes as $1.99 episode downloads. The radio show is also available free for download as a podcast.

The first episode I watched, “Reality Check”, was highly entertaining. It was two-act show based around the theme of big dreams being shattered by a reality check. The first was the story of the first cloned bull Second Chance and his owner’s struggle to believe he was very different from the original. The second story was about a New York group who do crazy flash-mob prank-like events and give this practically unknown band from Vermont (Ghosts of Pasha) the Best Gig Ever.

Even if you don’t like the radio show (I’m kind of on the fence myself), I think you might enjoy the television production. It’s a lot of fun to see video of the people getting interviewed and the slow(ish) pace and weird cadence is more tolerable with video.

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