The Ethics of Ira Glass

Ira Glass is America’s best storyteller. Over two million people listen to his show This American Life every week. But this weekend even more people listened as Ira issued a dramatic retraction of the most listened to podcast in the history TAL (849K downloads) that featured Mike Daisy who as it turns out lied about important details in his dramatic report about the manufacturing process of Apple products in China.

That retraction was featured in most major newspapers this week because of how quickly Glass moved to protect his name and his brand. I was impressed with Ira’s leadership and the humility he displayed in his rapid response to this attack on his integrity and the character of his show.

A few years ago I had the privilege of being interviewed by Ira on This American Life. After that conversation he agreed to appear on my show – Jim Henderson Presents.

This video app is the first of a series of in- depth interviews I’ll be doing with other thought, cultural and spiritual influencers.

In this interview you’ll discover fascinating details about Ira such as…Where did America’s favorite storyteller get his start? Who shaped his values and informed his journalistic sensibilities? Where does his insatiable curiosity come from? How does his sense of fairness influence his show’s production values? Who edits Ira?

Watch this delightful interview with Ira Glass. At times sober, then hysterical, this compelling 54-minute interview is conveniently formatted into thirteen different mini conversations covering a range of issues such as why he’s kind to those he disagrees with, how he became an Atheist, who the people are that changed his life, why he’s so intrigued with Christians and his suggestion that I start my own reality show. Watch a sample

The Ethics of Ira Glass – watch and learn as Americas Best Storyteller tells his own story to Jim Henderson  buy 


My Interview with Ira Glass

Next to playing in band what I absolutely love to do most is interview people. I love being nosy about peoples personal, professional and most of all religious/spiritual lives. I love asking questions other interviewers skip – like the ones about God or faith or why people believe what they say they believe (or don’t) and what they’re doing about it. I love giving people permission to tell me what they actually believe rather than what they think they’re supposed to say. I love gaining people’s trust and becoming their friend. I love giving them a different way to think about Jesus and I love doing it without having to trick or game them.

I don’t usually feel “proud” of work that I create. I’m normally critiquing it while jn the act of presenting it. I never rest. But recently I’ve produced  what I hope will be the first of many interviews under the auspices of my new company Jim Henderson Presents and I am very proud of this work. It took many people and much much longer than expected but thanks to a partnership with Owen Kindig and Ztorytellers I’m happy to announce the release of my inaugural interview with Ira Glass. Ira is veritable rock star with the NPR crowd. He has over 2 million listeners to his weekly show This American Life. 

A while back he agreed to sit down with me and talk about anything and everything. Some of the questions are standard such as how did he get his start in radio and how did This American Life come into existence.But some will surprise you  such as how he became an Atheist and his affection for Christians. Ira is transparent, inspirational, educational, vulnerable and funny. He and I became friends as a result of these conversations. He even answers my emails now (at least once every 6 months 🙂

Download the app/interview and get to know Ira in a whole new light. After you watch it please go to the itunes store and rate it. That one act will do more to ensure that more and more people will be able to discover this interview. We have other similar interviews in the pipeline so stay tuned to Jim Henderson Presents.

Get the app here 

What would you pay to prevent losing your child?

We all have skeletons in our closets. Our families are messed up, our past chases us and bad financial decisions haunt us.

We don’t want our dirty laundry aired but sometimes for the sake of others it has to be.This is one of those times.

Ken and Kelly Bean have loved and served Jesus for decades – not as professionals, as volunteers. They have a group that’s met consistently in their home for over 20 years. Kelly has led a national group of women in ministry for 10 years. ?Their real estate business has paid the bills so they could do the ministry. It is no secret what the economic downturn has done to the real estate market.

One of their daughters had a baby and named him Gabe. That was five years and many problems ago. Gabe spent most of his first five years with Ken and Kelly. Gabe’s mom (Ken and Kelly’s daughter) has tried hard but has been unable to care for Gabe. To Gabe Ken and Kelly are like parents and to them he is more like their own child than their grandson.

Although their daughter has been unable to care for Gabe she would like to assign her parental rights to Ken and Kelly to provide them at least some legal recourse to visitation rights with Gabe.

Recently however, the biological dad decided to exercise his parental rights and was able to take Gabe, cutting off most communication with Ken and Kelly and leaving Gabe wondering where they went.

Gabe’s dad is now intent on seeing that Ken and Kelly have very limited time with Gabe and he wants to litigate.Thus court costs – lawyers etc.

Ken and Kelly need $10K fast to cover legal fees and a social worker’s clinical evaluation. Without legal action, Gabe loses the family life he has always known and Ken and Kelly lose the assurance of being involved in Gabe’s life as he grows up.

What if this was your grandson, son, daughter or niece?

Barb and I are committing $250 to Gabe’s Fund

We’re asking you to donate whatever you can today–whether that’s $5 or $500.

Let’s rally around Kelly and Ken at this important time.   Donate Here


When A FundRaiser Becomes A FunkRaiser

I’m singing the blues next Monday night at Jazz Alley. My good friend, Dr. Nancy Murphy’s organization Northwest Family Life is holding their annual Fundraiser at at the incomparable Jazz Alley in Seattle. My band will be performing along with Soul Jelly and The Jessica Ketola Band. You will hear several fascinating stories from women and men who have been helped by Nancy’s organization.

This fundraiser will be unlike any you’ve ever attended. It’ll be wrapped in music. You’ll discover what happens when a fundraiser becomes a funkraiser.

Reserve your ticket here