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If you look at the polling of Republicans on climate change, one of the first things you notice right away is this huge gap between how Republican citizens feel and how Republican politicians vote. A recent nonpartisan poll by Pew found that 44% of Republicans believe the climate’s changing. Another by Gallup found that 40% of Republicans are actively worried about climate change.

With that in mind, consider a vote just a couple years ago on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. All 31 Republican members unanimously voted down symbolic language that would have simply acknowledged the climate’s changing, and humans are contributing to it. That gap—40% of Republican voters worried about climate change versus 0% of that committee—that’s [Republican politician] Bob Inglis’s target.

That’s his business opportunity. That’s what makes his mission seem realistic. It’s like 40% of Republicans want ham sandwiches. Surely you can persuade a few more Republicans to sell ham sandwiches.

- Ben Calhoun, This American Life, 495: “Hot in My Backyard”, May 17, 2013 x

But there is one thing I have never understood, that really pisses me the fuck off, and it’s all the shitfaces who give out the Pulitzer every year.

For me, pushing myself is way more about ‘It’s hard to make something that’s interesting.’ It’s really, really hard, and I’m sure we don’t succeed with every story on every show. Basically, anything that anyone makes…It’s like a law of nature, a law of aerodynamics, that anything that’s written or anything that’s created wants to be mediocre. The natural state of all writing is mediocrity. It’s all tending toward mediocrity in the same way that all atoms are sort of dissipating out toward the expanse of the universe. Everything wants to be mediocre, so what it takes to make anything more than mediocre is such a fucking act of will. Anyone who makes something for a living, or even not for a living, if they’re really excited about it…You just have to exert so much will into something for it to be good. That feels exactly the same now as it did the first week of the show. That hasn’t changed at all. That’s the premise of what it takes to make something.

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Ira Glass

The flipside of his “Nobody tells people who are beginners” statement

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Ira Glass smells like tote bags.

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On banning dream sequences in television and movies
Ira Glass: “I think they’re cheap. I think it’s a cheap move. Even in The Sopranos, when they did that extended long dream sequence, I just feel like it’s a cheap move. Even on shows I like — Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Sopranos — it never, ever works for me. I feel like you’re trying to show us the character’s feelings through means that you should just do in scenes that are happening in reality. A TV drama is already a made-up world, and then you have to create a made-up world within the made-up world, I just feel like they always feel obvious. And I hate symbolism.”

On banning dream sequences in television and movies

Ira Glass: “I think they’re cheap. I think it’s a cheap move. Even in The Sopranos, when they did that extended long dream sequence, I just feel like it’s a cheap move. Even on shows I like — Buffy the Vampire SlayerThe Sopranos — it never, ever works for me. I feel like you’re trying to show us the character’s feelings through means that you should just do in scenes that are happening in reality. A TV drama is already a made-up world, and then you have to create a made-up world within the made-up world, I just feel like they always feel obvious. And I hate symbolism.”

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It didn’t occur to me until a year and a half in that I could love the dog. I viewed him as a helpless creature who could be a pain in the ass to take care of, but who means well and is very sweet. I was utterly immune to the things that other dog owners love, like the dog greeting them when they come home because he’s so happy to see them. That’s absurd. The dog greets you because he doesn’t know anyone else in New York.
But I think because he is such a troubled little soul, it made my heart go out to him. I don’t think it’s necessarily a good quality that somehow I respond to neediness and vulnerability more than I respond to open shows of affection, but it’s very possible that that’s how I am all the time.
Ira Glass on Rescuing a Pit Bull Dog with a Ridiculous Diet | Newsweek | Ira Glass

It didn’t occur to me until a year and a half in that I could love the dog. I viewed him as a helpless creature who could be a pain in the ass to take care of, but who means well and is very sweet. I was utterly immune to the things that other dog owners love, like the dog greeting them when they come home because he’s so happy to see them. That’s absurd. The dog greets you because he doesn’t know anyone else in New York.

But I think because he is such a troubled little soul, it made my heart go out to him. I don’t think it’s necessarily a good quality that somehow I respond to neediness and vulnerability more than I respond to open shows of affection, but it’s very possible that that’s how I am all the time.

Ira Glass on Rescuing a Pit Bull Dog with a Ridiculous Diet | Newsweek | Ira Glass

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I wasn’t that confident at her age, and I’m not that confident now. I’m not being facetious. I’m a reporter—if I don’t interview someone, I don’t have much to say and I definitely can’t just sit down and knock out 800 words on any subject you give me. On a school night. With trig homework. I mean, respect.

Ira on Tavi

He likes puns and people being peculiar. Sometimes he tells a hilarious story and when I try to retell it to a friend, I realize that whatever happened wasn’t actually that funny or interesting, or even a happening at all. He’s just really great at talking.

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The Blogger and the Radio Star | Alice Gregory | Wall Street Journal

I wasn’t that confident at her age, and I’m not that confident now. I’m not being facetious. I’m a reporter—if I don’t interview someone, I don’t have much to say and I definitely can’t just sit down and knock out 800 words on any subject you give me. On a school night. With trig homework. I mean, respect.

Ira on Tavi

He likes puns and people being peculiar. Sometimes he tells a hilarious story and when I try to retell it to a friend, I realize that whatever happened wasn’t actually that funny or interesting, or even a happening at all. He’s just really great at talking.

Tavi on Ira

The Blogger and the Radio Star | Alice Gregory | Wall Street Journal

Do you have a favorite character or hero from children’s literature?

Hermione. Harry Potter to me is a bore. His talent arrives as a gift; he’s chosen. Who can identify with that? But Hermione — she’s working harder than anyone, she’s half outsider, right? Half Muggle. She shouldn’t be there at all. It’s so unfair that Harry’s the star of the books, given how hard she worked to get her powers

If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you want to know?

Edgar Allan Poe. I don’t have a question, but dude just seems like he could use a hug.

Ira Glass: By the Book | NYTimes

Do you have a favorite character or hero from children’s literature?

Hermione. Harry Potter to me is a bore. His talent arrives as a gift; he’s chosen. Who can identify with that? But Hermione — she’s working harder than anyone, she’s half outsider, right? Half Muggle. She shouldn’t be there at all. It’s so unfair that Harry’s the star of the books, given how hard she worked to get her powers

If you could meet any writer, dead or alive, who would it be? What would you want to know?

Edgar Allan Poe. I don’t have a question, but dude just seems like he could use a hug.

Ira Glass: By the Book | NYTimes

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What’s it like to be in a love triangle between another woman and a cat?

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[on the Johns] How sad for them that they’re actually in the band. And so for them to hear that sound they actually have to make it themselves.

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ira you precious baby, you say the weirdest things that are actually sorta deep

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Glass is a writer’s writer, or more aptly a writer’s radio host. He understands how narrative works, how to build tension, how to place words within sentences and sentences within paragraphs, how at the end of a story a character must be transformed. Every good writer knows that the most important, most evocative information should come at the end of a sentence or paragraph, and even in conversation he does this. Take his earlier words, for example: “They’ve chosen, as their medium, food. I love that.” He doesn’t say: “I love that they’ve chosen food as their medium.” Because he knows — probably instinctively — that what comes last will carry the most weight; he knows where inside a sentence the power lies — or rather where inside a sentence lies the power. And so even in his speech you hear the pregnant pauses, the places where, if he were writing the conversation, he would use colons, semicolons and dashes.

- Rachel Louise Snyder on Ira Glass from her 1995 Salon profile on the host of This American Life.

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A warning to listeners: there’s nothing explicit, but this story does acknowledge the existence of sex… As does this warning.

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Ira Glass. One of my favorite human beings.

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