Ira Glass is good friends with author and humorist David Sedaris
Ira Glass began working for public radio in 1978 when he was only 19.
He is a first cousin once removed to the composer Philip Glass.
Ira Glass: Any journalist who doesn't stick to the day's news is sort of part journalist, part anthropologist. Once the excuse for the story stops being - it happened today - then you're square right in the other territory of journalism, which is just straight up documenting of how we live, and what we think of each other.
Ira Glass: For most people when you say - public radio - they automatically think it's like medicine. We only do stories that amuse and interest us. For people who haven't heard the show, we describe it like a movie where there are characters and you're interested in what's going to happen to them.