Ira Glass is the host and creator of the public radio program This American Life. A weekly show featuring a variety of stories on a given thememost of the stories are journalism, with an occasional comedy routine or essayThis American Life has over 2.2 million listeners, 2 million downloads weekly, and has won all of the major broadcasting awards. Glass started working in public radio in 1978, when he was 19, as an intern at NPRs headquarters in DC. Over the next 17 years, he worked on nearly every NPR news show and did nearly every production job they had: tape-cutter, desk assistant, newscast writer, editor, producer, reporter and substitute host. He spent a year in a high school for NPR, and a year in an elementary school, filing stories for All Things Considered. He moved to Chicago in 1989 and put This American Life on the air in 1995.