Popular Radio Show ‘This American Life’ Returns to Cape Girardeau’s Big Screen

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 14, 2009 — KRCU Public Radio at Southeast Missouri State University welcomes Ira Glass, host of Chicago Public Radio’s critically-acclaimed “This American Life,” to Cape Girardeau’s Town Plaza movie screen with a special live simulcast performance of the radio show for one night, Thursday, April 23, originating from the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at New York University.

 Just like in the weekly radio broadcast, Glass and several popular show contributors will perform humorous and profound stories, all centered on a theme. KRCU hosts the local screening of “This American Life – Live!” on April 23 at 7 p.m., which will be viewed live via satellite with more than 400 select movie theaters and performing arts centers nationwide.  Tickets for this special one night in-theater event are available at the Cape Town Plaza Cinema and online at www.thisamericanlife.org.

The evening’s lineup will include popular “This American Life” contributors Dan Savage, Starlee Kine, Mike Birbiglia, David Rakoff and Dave Hill, plus a cartoon by Chris Ware, additional visuals by Arthur Jones, and a special musical performance by Joss Whedon, creator of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”  Together they will perform a two-hour, live stage version of the radio show, centered on the theme “Return to the Scene of the Crime.”

“Our listeners enjoyed getting together in their own communities to experience our show in a new way,” said host Ira Glass.  “The live cinema transmission was surprisingly effective.  We were flooded with emails asking for us to do it again.  Last year was mostly a sneak preview of stories from our television show. This year we’re excited to do a full-on stage performance of the radio show.”

“Ira is a master at crafting stories that showcase a range of voices and experiences,” says Alisa Miller, PRI president and chief executive officer.  “PRI brings different voices to public media.  That’s why we have embraced the power of “This American Life – Live!” on the big screen.  We are proud to partner with “This American Life” and support this cinema event.  I look forward to being part of a rapt audience in April as thousands of fans coast to coast share the experience of the live show.”

“This American Life” debuted in 1995 as a weekly, hour-long radio program, produced by Chicago Public Radio and distributed by Public Radio International to more than 500 radio stations nationwide.  Primarily journalistic non-fiction, the show also features fiction, essays and field recordings. The show has won many major broadcasting awards including the Peabody, duPont-Columbia and Edward R. Murrow Awards. The program is heard Saturdays at 3 p.m. on KRCU Public Radio.

As the area’s source for diverse musical programming and award winning NPR news, KRCU strives to continuously excel in providing the highest quality public radio programming to Southeast Missouri and Southern Illinois. Nearly 1.9 million people within the listening area have the opportunity to tune in to KRCU 90.9 FM which is a 6,500 watt station located in Cape Girardeau and KSEF 88.9 FM, a 9,500 watt repeater station located in Farmington. The station broadcasts 24 hours a day from the campus of Southeast Missouri State University.