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Ira Glass: "The first time I took ecstasy... it was so amazing."

Ira Glass: "The first time I took ecstasy... it was so amazing."


The host of This American Life on his happy druggy experience


Photography by Stuart Mullenberg

In an interview with The Guardian, Ira Glass, the host and producer of This American Life, revealed how ecstasy quelled his anxieties. Glass, who has helmed the weekly radio show, exploring the complexities and absurdities of America, since its debut in 1995, will be heard discussing his ecstasy use in an upcoming episode with stand-up comedian Marc Maron. "In conversations, I am always worried about what to say," he told The Guardian's Ruth Spencer. "The first time I took ecstasy, all of that lifted away. All the anxiety, which is the baseline of my life in some way, and I had this moment of like, wait a second! Are there people who feel this way all the time? This is like a whole way to be, where you don't feel anxious? Oh my god! It was so amazing. In the months after that, it was a really helpful thing to have experienced. It remains to this day a feeling that is helpful to know about."

In the same interview, Glass, who has appeared on The Simpsons and Veronica Mars, explained why he turned down appearing on an epispode of Orange is the New Black. "I havent seen it," he said. "I felt uncomfortable playing myself. It's flattering to be asked and included in such a great show, but it just made me feel strange."

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