This American Life and ProPublica To Have a Mashup

When we read James Rainey’s column about Ira Glass and Chicago Public Radio’s This American Life doing a “groundbreaking investigative piece” we looked at the date to make sure it wasn’t an old story. From the financial meltdown to the Iraq War to possibly the best overview of the health care industry ever produced, TAL has held there own in the investigative department.

Rainey writes:

That does not mean that Radio “TAL,” as loyalists call it, has reined in its ambitions. In the next few months, Glass said, the show will present “a huge, groundbreaking investigative piece of journalism” that it’s producing with the public-interest journalism site ProPublica.

When I spoke to him this week, Glass didn’t want to go into any more detail about the impending scoop. But he also wanted to make it clear that the show’s staff, not to mention its core audience, felt a lot like I have — that it’s important to balance the weighty, policy-driven shows with ones that simply catch the world a little off-kilter.

Previously on FBLA:

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