When I chose USC, I went there with the full intention of becoming a radio journalist. And not just any radio journalist (monotone NPR news broadcasters need not apply), but the female version of Ira Glass. Are you a fan? I’ve been listening to This American Life since I was in high school.
For those of you who aren’t yet listeners, here’s how it works. Each week, Ira’s team compiles a small selection of stories that all fit into a theme. Usually, these stories are from average Americans, but they’re totally intriguing. If you’re the kind of person (like me) who occasionally thinks it’s fascinating to peek into apartments a la Rear Window, this radio show is for you. If you often find that conventional news is difficult to pay attention to (much less digest), then this is for you. If you love a good magazine Q&A, this show is for you.
Recently, Ira did a segment in a show titled “Call For Help” about a couple who survives a doomed sailing trip around the world, with their two small children in tow. If you’d like, you can start there. I promise your jaw will drop open.
P.S. For a variety of reasons, I ended up pursuing a career that isn’t radio journalism. But in a sweet twist of fate, Ira came and spoke at USC during my freshman year and showed us exactly what goes into making his show. A behind-the-scenes, if you will. I still look back on that night as being one of my favorite college memories. :)