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Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 21, 2013 - 11:15pm PT
Long time listener. Today's interview was badass! Props to both!

If you didn't catch it here it is.


This Dr. talks about the science of resuscitation.

I'd say more about why I love her show but I would certainly show my short comings in articulating my thoughts, unlike her.


Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Feb 21, 2013 - 11:17pm PT
I listen to her almost everyday.

Feb 21, 2013 - 11:18pm PT
I like her most of the time. Sometimes the softballs she throws disintegrate in the atmosphere before reaching their target.

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Feb 21, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
hell yeah, it's username again!!!11!!!

A long way from where I started
Feb 21, 2013 - 11:33pm PT
love the David Lee Roth interview..

Haven't heard that one, but if you want one that'll make you laugh, cry and barf all at the same time, find the Gene Simmons interview.

She's okay most of the time, but she really had no idea how to handle Simmons.

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Feb 22, 2013 - 12:04am PT

Gene Simmons interview part 1. Wow he is full of himself.


Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Feb 22, 2013 - 12:05am PT
ha ha, she said "codpieces"

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 22, 2013 - 12:09am PT
She's the best in the business.

The gene Simmons one is classic, the Jim Carroll one had some edgy moments too.

To hear her at her best listen to the Isabelle Allende interview where in the middle of it she uncovers that IA's daughter has just died and she's at odds for how to deal with it, the master at work. There is another one the next day (?)With Cokie Roberts(?) linda wertheimer maybe? Where she talks about that interview.

from out where the anecdotes roam
Feb 22, 2013 - 06:16am PT
as gentle as she is, her voice does the tugging, she sincerely wants to know.
great laugh, it escapes like a loose puppy. so close to my ex's, i doubletake

Trad climber
Shawangunks, New York
Feb 22, 2013 - 07:14am PT
I'll know I made it in my career when Terry Gross interviews me.

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Feb 22, 2013 - 11:29am PT
god i hate that stupid kunt,

first off, she acts disinterested and phony,

second, she talks down to people like she is some kind of snooty rich bitch,

third, she stumbles while reading her own questions, i mean at least read thru them once before you go on the air,

fourth, she does not know sh#t about the people she is interviewing other than what her staff preps her with,

fifth, at the end of every interview, she has to get in a final barb, like "lance, how does it feel to be a liar and a cheat" just to get ratings and save a sloppy job,

sixth, i hate her nasal voice, bitch should use nose drops before she goes on,

seventh, she uses the exact same formula for every show,

yeah, your gross alright, too bad you make me puke and change the station every time i hear your lameass voice,

journalism is a catch all for misfits and f*#kups


Trad climber
Nor Cal
Feb 22, 2013 - 11:32am PT
Listening as I type. She can make the mundane interesting. Her Brain May of Queen and Ray Manzarek of the Doors interviews are both classic.
Peter Haan

Trad climber
San Francisco, CA
Feb 22, 2013 - 11:48am PT
Here here for Terry Gross. LOVE her.

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Feb 22, 2013 - 01:09pm PT
She is an American treasure. The most naturally talented interviewer I've ever heard. While I don't get to listen much anymore, it was a daily staple for many, many years.

Slightly OT, but the last year or so I've started listening to Diane Rehm, especially on Fridays, the news roundup show. Outstanding. The guests are always top notch, and she is a master at cutting through some of the BS and general moderating.

Sport climber
Almost to Hollywood, Baby!
Feb 22, 2013 - 01:25pm PT
I had a mouthful of water and almost spit it out for real when I had to laugh in the Gene Simmons interview. Holy moly this is entertaining, countless quotable quotes. Thanks for the link above.

Gene to Terry:
"I'm very entertaining, but I don't know about you"

"...Rock and roll and horror movies and science fiction and comic books were my education, and I thank God those were what I learned instead of having to read Jane Eyre at an early age because it wasn't anything I could relate to."

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 22, 2013 - 01:42pm PT

I happen to love the sound and inflection of her voice, but I know it drives others nuts. She's a beloved regular in our house, but it's difficult for me to pick one interview. What does stand out is the variety of her guests and subjects. I just pulled a listing of 2664 shows from
http://www.wnyc.org/shows/freshair/about/ but pasting all those would probably nuke the thread(?). So here are 69 that I at least vaguely remember (though some might have been record reviews from the 2nd half of the show). Again, I love the variety from Science to Music to Actors to intense interpersonal issues and to honoring and acknowledging our military people.

Jake Tapper: 'The Outpost' That Never Should Have Been
Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco: 'I Finally Felt Like I Was Home'
Richard Thompson's New Album Examines 'Electric' Love
'Klansville, U.S.A.' Chronicles The Rise And Fall Of The KKK
'Dead Sea Scrolls' Live On In Debate And Discovery
The Sticky Questions Surrounding Drones And Kill Lists
An 'Autopsy' Of Detroit Finds Resilience In A Struggling City
Bradley Cooper Finds 'Silver Linings' Everywhere
A Mystery That Explores 'The Rage' Of New Ireland
Anat Cohen: Bringing The Clarinet To The World
Rebecca Luker Has 'Got Love' For Jerome Kern
'Gatekeepers' Let Us Inside Israeli Security
How The Glock Became America's Weapon Of Choice
'The Insurgents': Petraeus And A New Kind Of War
Jane Austen's 'Pride And Prejudice' At 200
Tina Fey: '30 Rock' Star And Creator Moves On
Tracy Morgan: '30 Rock' Let Him Be Himself
Alec Baldwin Bids Goodbye To Jack Donaghy
Tina Fey: Sarah Palin And 'Saturday Night' Satire
'We Have No Choice': A Story Of The Texas Sonogram Law
Kevin Bacon, Seeking A TV 'Following'
'Double V': The Fight For Civil Rights In The U.S. Military
Fresh Air Weekend: Ben Affleck And Dustin Hoffman
How A 'Madwoman' Upended A Literary Boys Club
'Grayest Generation': Older Parenthood In The U.S.
Lena Dunham Addresses Criticism Aimed At 'Girls'
Season Two Brings Changes For 'Girls'
In 'Sliver Of Sky,' Barry Lopez Confronts Childhood Sexual Abuse
'Nashville' Soundtrack Stands On Its Own
Julian Fellowes On The Rules Of 'Downton'
Doris Day: A Hollywood Legend Reflects On Life
Behind The Scenes Of The Beatles' 'Magical Mystery Tour'
Ravi Shankar: Remembering A Master Of The Sitar
Hall Of Famer: Randy Newman Makes The Cut
The Mythic Power Of Bessie Smith
A Journalist Chronicles Lives After Guantanamo Bay
Tom Wolfe Takes Miami's Pulse In 'Back To Blood'
Stephen Colbert's Most Meaningful Musical Moments
Iraq Vet Seeks Atonement For Early War Tragedy
The Big Man Behind 'Shake, Rattle And Roll'
Tig Notaro On Going 'Live' About Her Life
At College, A 'Pitch Perfect' Musical Comedy
Memoirist James Wolcott Reflects On The '70s
Interview: MacArthur 'Genius' Junot Diaz
Tobolowsky: An Actor's Life 'Low On The Totem Pole'
'Looper': Time-Travel Nonsense, Winningly Played
After 26 Years, The Sam Rivers Trio Resurfaces
Harmony, Teenagers And 'The Complete Story Of Doo-Wop'
Conservation Biologist Explains Why 'Feathers' Matter
Joan Rivers Hates You, Herself And Everyone Else
Jack Black: On Music, Mayhem And Murder
Audra McDonald: Shaping 'Bess' On Broadway
Victor LaValle On Mental Illness, Monsters, Survival
How Brazil Lives Now, In 'Neighboring Sounds'
Fresh Air Remembers Comedian Phyllis Diller
Student 'Subversives' And The FBI's 'Dirty Tricks'
Mike Birbiglia, 'Sleepwalk'-ing On The Big Screen
Looking To The 'Stars' For A Reason To Live
60 Years Later, Still 'Singin' In The Rain'
Stand Up, Walk Around, Even Just For '20 Minutes'
Creating A New Vision Of Islam In America
Fresh Air Remembers Author Maurice Sendak
Fresh Air Remembers Beastie Boys' Adam Yauch
Earl Scruggs: The 2003 Fresh Air Interview
Paul McCartney Blows 'Kisses' To His Father's Era
The Thomashefskys: Stars Of The Yiddish Stage
The 'Illegal Procedure' Of Paying College Athletes
Bonnie Raitt's 'Slipstream': A Barnstorming Good Time

Trad climber
Auburn, CA
Feb 22, 2013 - 01:49pm PT
She is great!

Dr Sprock is not. Missed the thread topic entirely.....
John Butler

Social climber
SLC, Utah
Feb 22, 2013 - 02:36pm PT
That was a brilliant show yesterday. She is very good.

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Feb 22, 2013 - 03:20pm PT
"No one, except for maybe Neifi Perez and George W. Bush, gets more success and acclaim for doing a crappy job than she does. Terry Gross is a terrible interviewer. If you're on the radio on stations all over the country and have a famous radio show, you shouldn't be using "um" and "like" in every sentence.

She is the queen of the painfully obvious statement. Such as saying something to Sacha Baron Cohen like: "Your humor is based on making other people feel uncomfortable." And that's not nearly the worst.

She is so freaking pretentious and overrated. The way she says "Frr-ESH Aairr" is enough to deserve banishment from the airwaves.

I would love to have someone comment on why they (or others) think Terry Gross is such a great interviewer.

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Joshua Tree
Feb 22, 2013 - 04:05pm PT
I would love to have someone comment on why they (or others) think Terry Gross is such a great interviewer.

Not that you actually care, your mind is already made up...but I'll play:

She comes across as interested, intelligent, informed, and conversational. Considering the extreme breadth of the material/people she covers, the informed part is no small feat. Understanding the nuance of the material allows her to formulate intelligent, penetrating questions. She comes across as genuinely curious.

She clearly is involved in a conversation with the guests and the conversation drives the interview, rather than the interview being simply a list of pre-meditated questions with canned, publicist approved answers from the guests.

I think people seriously underestimate how difficult her job is. And sure, you can cherry pick some bad questions or even bad shows...but unless you expect me to believe you are at your 100% best every single day you go to work and never make mistakes, then you're just blowing smoke and basically citing the exception that proves the rule.

If you listen to the Enormocast, it can be instructive in how difficult it is to do interview shows. Kalous is pretty good at it. Better than I could ever be and better than probably 99% of people could be. Yet, despite it being material I am keenly interested in, sometimes it is just painful to listen to, because the interview/conversation doesn't flow well or gets repetitive or sidetracked. Out of maybe 1000 Fresh Air shows, I've turned off maybe one...at least when Terry was hosting and not having Davies fill in *(which I do turn off, not a fan of DD although I can't pinpoint why..he's actually pretty decent at what he does)

If you think it's easy, go ahead and interview your buddy about whatever and record it. I assure you that the playback will be cringeworthy. But go ahead and rip on Ms. Gross, I mean she's only been doing it for 38 years.
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