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Ira Glass: This American Storyteller

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There's that magical moment when you're hearing a story being told when you're hooked. You might not say it aloud, but there's that pressing sense of wonder: "And then what happened?" The action unfolds, and then there's that pause. The "ahhhh" moment. You're digesting the lesson, the connection, the revelation. You're satisfied. Exhale.

This is the stuff of Chicago Public Radio's "This American Life," which has been reeling us in and holding us captive for 15 years. But how does this magic happen? The art and craft and imprecise science of storytelling for radio--not, as some pundits might deem a dying medium--was the heart of an evening of live storytelling by TAL's creator and host Ira Glass, who did a set of two shows last night at Royce Hall to benefit KCRW.