Baltimore County Boy Ira Glass to Speak at Goucher College Commencement

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Everyone’s favorite empathy-fueled public personality, Ira Glass, is coming back to Baltimore (he was born here) to deliver this year’s commencement speech at Goucher College.

Glass, who attended Milford Mill High School in Baltimore County, is the one whose ever-so-slightly whiny voice has become a touchstone for NPR listeners, 1.7 million of which tune in to his weekly program “This American Life.”

I saw Glass speak back when I was in college, and he was — predictably — great. He’s got a way with an anecdote, and a talent for sneakily shifting the silly til it’s suddenly profound. This makes him pretty much perfectly suited as a commencement speaker. Good job, Goucher!

Other local schools — Johns Hopkins included — have yet to announce their commencement speakers. But no fear, we’ll stay on top of it — and let you know if anyone else exciting is coming to town.



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