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On Assignment brings you some of the best conversations from the Columbia Journalism School, produced and hosted by the school's Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. New episodes come out Friday mornings once a month.
This American Life Host and Producer Ira Glass has taken home seven duPont silver batons for the radio documentary series since he created it in 1995. In our special 50th episode, find out what goes into the making of one of the most listened to radio shows - one that spawned a generation of podcasts.
Bonus: Hear Ira’s sage advice from his speech to the Columbia Journalism School graduating class of 2018.
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“When we were in the back of a van crossing Hungary to Vienna, the driver was drunk and all the smugglers had AK-47s... and I remember my cousin looking at me like, I hope you're not filming. But I was secretly holding the camera.”
"'If we know we could die, why do we keep doing it?' I didn't have an answer for it myself so I looked to other people to try to answer it."
“I think that fairness means that you are fairly representing the sides. That fair representation may be that one of the side’s arguments is bullshit.”
"For almost every one of these individuals, they're talking about things that happened yesterday for them, or that they will carry with them for many years to come."
"[They had] no clue that what they were doing looked really bad."
"When I first went down to South Carolina, I thought I knew what to expect. But I wasn’t prepared for it. Not at all."
“You can't divide the self into good parts and bad parts, good guys and bad guys... That's fiction."
"How is it that smart, discerning people fall into a belief system like this and get lost in it? And how do they get out?"