2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Ira Glass in Conversation with Mark Olsen

Tuesday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Austin Convention Center
Ballroom EFG
531 E 4th St

A conversation with Ira Glass, the host and creator of the public radio program This American Life. The show is heard each week by over 2.2 million listeners on more than 500 public radio stations in the United States, Australia and Canada, with another 2.2 million downloading the podcast. For years, it was the most popular podcast on iTunes, until the staff started its first spin-off program Serial, which beat it and every other podcast, with over 8 million people downloading each episode.

Glass is one of the producers of Mike Birbiglia’s new film “Don’t Think Twice,” which premieres this year at SXSW. He also produced and co-wrote Birbiglia’s first film “Sleepwalk with Me.”

Please join Los Angeles Times writer Mark Olsen and Ira for a passionate conversation on entrepreneurialism in public radio and independent film, storytelling in both fiction and non-fiction, as well as the importance to adapt to changing technologies and styles.

Hashtags: #sxsw


Ira Glass at SXSW

Ira Glass


Don't Think Twice

American radio personality Ira Glass is the creator, host and executive producer of the award-winning public radio show 'This American Life.'

Mark Olsen at SXSW

Mark Olsen


Los Angeles Times

Mark Olsen writes about all kinds of movies for the Los Angeles Times as both a feature writer and reviewer. He creates a regular series on independent, documentary and foreign language films under...

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