this american life

The iPad of 1935

The iPad of 1935

As evidence that the conceptual idea behind iPad and other tablet devices is not a new invention, the April 1935 issue of Everyday Science and Mechanics featured the above design of a fancy man (look at that jacket!) leisurely reading with the courtesy of a machine. The magazine explained, “It has proved possible to photograph books, and throw them on a screen for examination, as illustrated long ago in this magazine. At the left is a device for applying this for home use and instruction; it is practically automatic.” And anticipating the multimedia functionality found in the iPad, the article also pointed out that “You can read a ‘book’ (which is a roll of miniature film), music, etc., at your ease.” The best part about the above illustration is that there are two plain old books printed on paper resting on the table. So neglected. So old school. I wonder if the fancy man was nervous when he made his purchase like I am before I buy an Apple product because I’m cynically positive the company will release a better version two months later. “What? The iPad of 1936? CRAP! I just bought this a month ago. I can’t even return it.”

This American Laugh: Ira Glass' sex tape

This American Laugh: Ira Glass' sex tape

If you’re an NPR junkie, you’re going to love this. It’s an 11-minute spoof of a “This American Life” episode featuring a story about host Ira Glass making a celebrity sex tape. All the elements are there: Ira Glass’s go-to phrases, input from Alex Blumberg, the clever mood music, the end credits with a shout out to WBEZ general manager Torey Malatea…

BEHIND THE SCENES of This American Life

BEHIND THE SCENES of This American Life

This American Life is not only one of the most listened to radio programs and most downloaded podcasts, but it has managed to bridge the gap between sight and sound with the “This American Life” TV series, which is just as thrilling to watch as the show is to listen to. The staff behind the program isn’t big, and yet every week they bring listeners one hour of original, insightful, often funny and frequently groundbreaking material. Just how do they do it?

Lost and FOUND

Lost and FOUND

FOUND Magazine is yet another example of why print will never go out of style. FOUND began when creator/editor Davy Rothbart went out to his car one night and found a note meant for someone else. It read, “Mario, I fucking hate you. You said you had to work then whys your car HERE at HER place?? You’re a fucking LIAR. I hate you. I fucking hate you. -Amber PS. Page me later.” The car, of course, was actually Davy’s and the rest is history.

Turned On: Radio At Sundance

Turned On: Radio At Sundance

Radio came to Park City this festival in a number of ways. Yesterday, in the Panel, “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love TV: This American Life Reloaded,” NPR radio star Ira Glass joined Director Chris Wilcha [www.imdb.com] and cinematographer Adam Beckman [www.imdb.com] to discuss the transformation of the This American Life [www.thislife.org] from a radio show to a Showtime television series.