This American Life: Live

This American Life Live.jpgThe popular public radio show is taking its show on the virtual road. On Thursday April 23rd a live episode of TAL will be beamed to 400 theaters throughout the country -- including two in the Capital Region.

You can catch it at the Crossgates Regal Cinemas in Albany and -- in what's probably a place more fitting with the TAL aesthetic -- Time and Space Limited in Hudson. Scheduled contributors include Dan Savage, Starlee Kine, Mike Birbiglia and David Rakoff -- with a special guest appearance by Joss Whedon. Yep, Joss Whedon. That squealing you hear is all the public radio nerds crying out in thanks for their unexpected bounty.

Tickets are $20. You can buy them online for Crossgates. Reservations at TSL are via phone: (518) 822-8448. (It also looks like TSL will be showing an encore at Saturday, April 25.)


Oh, Dan Savage! *sigh* I'm willing to wade through the loitering teenagers to see him. Too bad I can't ask him inappropriate questions. Well, I could but he won't hear me.

I'm trying to understand this -- people would pay $20 to go to a theater to listen to a radio show? Is radio so "under the radar" that people have forgotten you can hear it in your home and car, or is this some sort of retro-Depression movement that will take us back to theaters for the novelty of air conditioning and dish giveaways?

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