“Poignant, touching and at times laugh-out-loud funny examinations of the human condition...prepare to think deeply about yourself, to laugh and at times, cry.”
“It's made with care and understated wit, and it has a surprising frisson of seriousness, quietly provoking thoughts about the objects in our lives, unwittingly laden with our emotions."
--The New Yorker
“Laugh-out-loud funny, surprisingly informative and often moving...a profound pleasure.”
"What starts out as a clever send-up, with its ticklishly absurdist dialogue...is also more than that, with surprising moments of poignancy."
--The New York Times
“Everything is Alive has its own realness, the enveloping authenticity of good films and theater and novels: Frankenstein’s monster has feelings, so why wouldn’t a can of cola have them too?”
“The reality-construction is exquisite…Everything Is Alive is a unique, quirky, and smart little package with an unexpectedly moving edge.”
--New York Magazine
“Touching and powerful...unlike anything you’ve ever heard before.”
“Everything is Alive will change the way you view the world...it’s as bizarre as it sounds and just as wonderful, too.”
--LA Review of Books
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Webby Best Interview/Talk Show Podcast 2019
Webby People's Voice Award 2019
Everything is Alive is an interview show in which all the subjects are inanimate objects. In each episode, a different thing tells us its life story--and everything it says is true. A proud member of Radiotopia from PRX.
Ian Chillag is the host and creator of Everything is Alive. Previously he was a producer for NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and he co-created and hosted the NPR podcast How To Do Everything. He’s also worked on videos for The New York Times, contributed regularly to the literary magazine A Public Space, and has recorded four episodes of a podcast about a post-apocalyptic public radio pledge drive besieged by pestilence and death that he can’t quite figure out what to do with.