More than a million listeners feel like they chat with This American Life host Ira Glass in their living rooms each week. During Tuesday's visit to Syracuse University, Glass literally took a seat on the couch in the Hendricks Chapel den to talk with The NewsHouse.
Glass was honest, personable and conversational just as the legions of public radio fans would imagine.
He discussed a range of topics not necessarily covered in his speech later in the evening. Glass mentioned the reporters he grew up admiring, shared who has the potential to create a story and provided insight to where his mind goes while he’s being interviewed (even when it’s Stephen Colbert on the other side).
Glass was candid on why he doesn’t Tweet or devote himself to innovative web storytelling, surprised to find that campus dining prepared a theme dinner in his honor and encouraging when providing some strong journalism advice for aspiring storytellers (including a brief tip on interviewing for this reporter).
It was a surreal experience to sit next to a living legend and have the voice heard for a long time finally directed my way. Check out the video to see for yourself.