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Storyteller and public radio personality Ira Glass will have a speaking engagement Saturday, Oct. 17 at the Pioneer Center for Performing Arts in Reno.

The event, "Reinventing Radio: An Evening with Ira Glass," is presented by Artown, Nevada Humanities, KUNR Reno Public Radio and University of Nevada, Reno, Reynolds School of Journalism.

Glass is the host and creator of the public radio program "This American Life." The show is heard each week by more than 2.2 million listeners on more than 500 public radio stations. In Reno, the show airs from noon to 1 p.m. Saturdays and 3-4 p.m. Sundays on KUNR 88.7 FM. The podcast version of the show is a popular download on iTunes.

Glass began his career as an intern at National Public Radio's network headquarters in Washington, D.C., in 1978, when he was 19 years old. Over the years, he worked on nearly every NPR network news program and held virtually every production job in NPR's Washington headquarters. He has been a tape cutter, newscast writer, desk assistant, editor, reporter and producer. He has filled in as host of "Talk of the Nation" and "Weekend All Things Considered."

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