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skywalker

climber
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.

http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=3&islist=true&id=13&d=02-21-2013

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.

S...
S.Leeper

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

climber
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.
S.Leeper

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

climber
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.
S.Leeper

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

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


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXMpo6rrUcI&playnext=1&list=PL9E82CE55F02A1BAD&feature=results_video
S.Leeper

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

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.
hooblie

climber
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
lucander

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.
Dr.Sprock

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



mrtropy

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.
Elcapinyoazz

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.
nutjob

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."
Darwin

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
labrat

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.
:-)
Dr.Sprock

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.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
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.
sandstone conglomerate

climber
sharon conglomerate central
Feb 22, 2013 - 04:19pm PT
doc, misogynist much?
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Feb 22, 2013 - 04:46pm PT
YoAzz-Ms Gross has moved to Oakdale.
JLP

Social climber
The internet
Feb 22, 2013 - 04:49pm PT
classic!!
Cool, thanks for posting that. I remember hearing about the Gene Simmons interview after I missed it, but it was pulled from the NPR website as well as the Kiss site right away citing copyright and what-not - so I never got to hear it. Leave it to YouTube users...

I have to say, though, Gene totally owns her in this one, IMO. She let it get personal and broke down. The guy may be an ass, but I also would like to have heard more about him and his perspectives and less about how offended TG was.
mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Feb 22, 2013 - 05:15pm PT
Where can one to the Gene Simmons interview it has to bew floating around somewhere? I also missed it.
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Feb 22, 2013 - 05:50pm PT
welcome for the link, here's parts 2 and 3:

part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TkrGk_KPn0w

part 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XB0W3G74nYY
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Feb 22, 2013 - 05:51pm PT
mrtropy, part 1 is above a few post ^^^^
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Feb 22, 2013 - 06:18pm PT
And she could beat Dr sprock at trivial pursuit with both hands tied behind her back, nyah!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 22, 2013 - 07:21pm PT

She does do good work, but username has it right too--she
does tend to throw real softballs at times, especially to
controversial interviewees. . .
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Feb 22, 2013 - 07:32pm PT
informed? this makes me laugh:

"She has a reputation for researching her guests' work largely the night before an interview, often asking them unexpected questions about their early careers..."

well doh, of course she asks stupid questions when all she spends is an evening with the cd or book,

"so Willy, did your guitar get damaged at the airport?"

yeah, look out Mike Wallace, there's a new kid in town,

she got fired as an English teacher 6 weeks after she took the job,

too may uh's, ...like um,..so how...err..how should i say this...

mrtropy

Trad climber
Nor Cal
Feb 22, 2013 - 08:20pm PT
@S.Leeper thanks, missed it.
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Feb 22, 2013 - 08:51pm PT
I want to hear the Dr. Sprock Fresh Air Interview.

Gosh Doc, that's some pretty serious spew. Repressed feelings for her? ;-)


She talks funny. Always has. It works for her but I once met a woman who talked the same way and it drove me nuts like I wanted to strangle her.

Upward lilt like a question mark in the middle of a sentence:


"So you've spent many years? in a James Brown personna."



EDIT- Psycho Republicans HATE her. Those interviews are always awkward.
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Feb 22, 2013 - 08:58pm PT
you want me to tell you how i really feel?

your right, i'm too critical, i must have a missed withold on her,

look when i posted, 5 in the morning, way before tea time,

AESP, i should have spent more time on the A,

the hate mail is pouring in like rain in the amazon,
Wade Icey

Trad climber
www.alohashirtrescue.com
Feb 22, 2013 - 09:50pm PT
I would love to have someone comment on why they (or others) think Terry Gross is such a great interviewer.


She doesn't misuse quotation marks.
Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Feb 22, 2013 - 10:16pm PT
how would you know?

Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 13, 2013 - 10:27pm PT
Whether you're Ron Anderson or me(Darwin, my real name, too), I think you'll be interested in Terry's show tonight. It is about recycling, junkyards, reuse and more. She interviews the author of

Junkyard Planet: Travels in the Billion-Dollar Trash Trade
by Adam Minter

His family background from his grandma's time is making money/living scavenging in junkyards and he obviously has a powerful environment concerns, as do we all (right Ron?). He is quite willing to consider efficiency and monetary and scalability tradeoffs between throw-away, reuse, recycle and whatever.

Sorry to use Ron, whom I never met, as foil, but I hope I've been fair and representative.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 22, 2014 - 07:15pm PT
^^^ OMG! I'm becoming Terry's sole fan club.

Her recycled interview tonight with Werner Herzog features two people who frequently drive me nuts. IMHO, they are of completely orthogonal mind sets and on tangential trajectories through life, but it's such a good interview.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Aug 22, 2014 - 07:47pm PT
Hah. Darwin pulled this one up out of the compost heap. Which give me the opportunity to say something I meant to say back when it was a live thread last year...

I'm with Sprock.

For whatever reason, a lot of people have fallen in love with her show, but whenever I'm in the car when it comes on, about two minutes is all I can take.
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Aug 22, 2014 - 08:51pm 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,


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

I agree. This show is precisely the lame white sh#t that brings Oberlin grads to the kind of orgasm one has when politely and sensitively f*#king another in a respectful, non-threatening and unsatisfying manner.

Same goes for virtually all NPR programming. The suits really stick to the formula.
Dingus McGee

Social climber
Laramie
Aug 22, 2014 - 08:59pm PT
When fresh air comes on I open the car window, turn off the radio and ponder what the guest speaker would be saying if he were with another interviewer.

Sprock, I like your fight!
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Aug 22, 2014 - 09:13pm PT
I'm with you Dingus on this one!
ms55401

Trad climber
minneapolis, mn
Aug 25, 2014 - 08:32pm PT
I have to say, though, Gene totally owns her in this one, IMO. She let it get personal and broke down. The guy may be an ass, but I also would like to have heard more about him and his perspectives and less about how offended TG was.

yeah. Gene Simmons was just a fat Jewish kid doing his shtick, and Gross got huffy and began asking loaded questions.

it's on youtube
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 26, 2014 - 10:41am PT
I would love to hear her interview Dingus McGee! She would know things about him that he had no idea of...

She would bring out what a fascinating person, accomplished in many disparate fields he is! Something that I do t think comes across here, on the Taco very well.

I'd pay money to hear her just have him take her on a tour of his Van! You wouldn't believe whats going on in there!!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 26, 2014 - 10:55am PT
She may not be as overrated as Dr Sprock seems to think, but she does like
soft pitch ball. She's no Dick Cavett or Steve Allen. That said I do
enjoy her more often than not. I'm gonna listen to the Gene Simmons one
as I can totally seem him owning her. He might be an ass but he's no dummie.
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Aug 26, 2014 - 12:05pm PT
I had heard 'about' the Gene Simons interview but had never previously actually heard it. That guy has got to be one of the most creepy individuals ever to walk on the this earth. He ought to be euthanized...and all his women too to make sure the seed doesn't spread. lol

As to Terry, I like her. To my mind her touch is precisely that she isn't confrontational and yet can ask rather pointed questions without putting the guest on the defensive. She comes across - generally - as an interested friend rather than the inquisition trying to find dirt.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 26, 2014 - 12:27pm PT
TG: "Dingus may I call you Dingus?"
DM: People call me many things Terry...
TG:Okaythen, Dingus, it has been said that you lived in Teepee for several years, and that you paid rent of a dollar each year
DM: You can never pay the same rent twice Terry
TG: um, okay? That brings up another question, you have said many times ( if that's possible) in many situations that you can " Never cross the same river twice"
DM: Act-ually, you can't even cross the same river once...
TG: and yet upon giving directions to Reese Mountain, you tell people that you cross the creek at least four times, sometimes as many as six or seven on a wet year. How is that possible?
DM: we'll terry that's just practical shorthand, in point of fact at each crossing you are not the same person, and the water is not the same as you crossed before, but the creek is in large part the water so you aren't crossing the same creek technically, but I do want people to find their way to the crag....
TG: can we talk about you winches? Oof!
DM: oh don't mind Lute he just wants you to throw that handball so he can chase it.
TG: here, in this tiny room?
DM: sure, it never hits the same thing twice
TG: we'll okay?


. I'm gonna listen to the Gene Simmons one
as I can totally seem him owning her. He might be an ass but he's no dummie.

Obviously you haven't heard the interview! Wherein he shows clearly that not only Is he an Ass, but the dumbest of the dummies. If he hadn't beaten the misfits to clown makeup we would never have heard of him
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Aug 26, 2014 - 01:31pm PT

Wow, my fist successful troll, and leave it to me to be sincere! Does it still count?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 26, 2014 - 01:59pm PT
Jaybro, HaHaHa! Watch Henry Rollins' interview with Gene Simmons and you'll
see a good interview by someone who didn't want to talk about makeup for 20 minutes.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4j-aPxV5vtE
TradEddie

Trad climber
Philadelphia, PA
Aug 26, 2014 - 02:13pm PT
I nearly crashed my car listening to that Gene Simmons interview!
My last job involved a one-hour commute each way, filled almost every day with NPR, those days when I left in time for Fresh Air were the best. My current job now involves a 30 second commute to my home office, so much less NPR, and much less of Terry. I accept that her inflection is weird, but where else can you hear long interesting conversational interviews like that? Perhaps she doesn't deserve all the credit, NPR is simply the only outlet for this format.

There's a climb in RRG called "I heard it on NPR", which was named following a great weekend meeting new climbing friends from many disparate walks of life, but the common feature of all the campfire discussions was not climbing, all the best conversations started with "I heard on NPR...".

TE

Dingus McGee

Social climber
Laramie
Aug 26, 2014 - 04:04pm PT
Jaybro,

Well Terry, you choose your GPS points the same and still get to a different locations but we all meet up on Reese Summit somehow. You cannot cross the same river once but ya can have the same numbers, get it???
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 26, 2014 - 04:29pm PT
That's the suff Dingus! It would clearly go over the heads of the listening public. They call it a bicameral mind, but most people cant process one thought on one channel let alone multitask.

Ms Gross though would be with you asking the next question based on that input; it's all trolling....
Dingus McGee

Social climber
Laramie
Aug 26, 2014 - 04:33pm PT
Terry Grose interviews Jammer

;intro skipped boring for Terry
.
.
.
Jammer, Bob Scarpelli said real men don't spread their Legs. I see you claimed to the Brits that you boulder V12 but seemed not to have enough leg spread to do the problem as a simple big spread. If V0 is for real men how real are you at V12?

Jammer: I am more interested in talking about my last blow Job.

Terry: Oh, I am sorry we are out of time on this session.

.
..

.next session

Terry: Will it be okay if I just can call you "Jam"? We are running tight on time, Sweetie. Oh, Sorry, I am getting hungary. What are your three favorite climbs at the VU?

Jam: Yes MaM, They would be Spectre MaM, Soft Parade and Strong Love. I have done 'em a lot.

Terry: Jam, I see you made this post 3 times on Mt Project about ratings at the VU:
A worthy note regarding the grade of this route is it was originally done without sticky rubber using by today's standards clunky toed shoes. This is likely why this feels relatively soft compared to hand/fist cracks and OWs at the same grade at Vedauwoo by today's standards.
and the comment was in reference to the routes// Soft Parade, Spectre Man and Strong Love.

Jam: I try to make sense to everyone but I am having a hard time with you, MS Gross.

Terry: Jam, that is okay a lot of men fall for my soft spoken manner. So Jam, can we talk about that Blow Job? It seems you like repetition and feel relatively soft about Scarpelli's ratings which have stood the test of time. Have you ever had a fist sandwitch from Bob? Aren't ratings at the VU sand bagged and yet you say soft? Jam, skip that question the audience wants to hear about you and Pamela, the offwidth queen, may we pry?
//

Jam: Sex at Noon Taxes.
Jaybro

Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Aug 27, 2014 - 12:17pm PT
I confess, I did spread my legs for bob Scarpelli.
-that was the only way I kept him from stuffing me in that garbage can!

-True Story!

Edit re gene simmons

I just listened to the Rollins interview and the Terry Gross back to back. The difference was that Rollins for all the bravado and shouting, that is his trademark, totally softballed the interview. It sounded to me like every question was one Simmons wrote himself, ones that he had prepared answers for. He was annoyed with terry gross for asking him questions he didn't want to have to think about, instead of answering her he just went for a juvenile snarky response, to get a reaction, sometimes it worked, and most times was just tedious. which is kinda the whole Kiss shtick, that hides the fact that they wore lame make up etc to take attention away from their generic "rock" and completely forgettable lyrics. Does anyone know a kiss song besides the party all night one?

Inspite of that, she did get some answers from him, and got him to actually divulge some things. Unlike the other interview where Rollins just let him babble and patted him on the back.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 27, 2014 - 09:05am PT

With threads on SNAGs and punk music etc, I thought I would stick my head above the trench again and post another compliment to Terry/Fresh-Air. I loved the interview with Ray Davies of the Kinks (Wednesday Nov 26). Among other things, he was promoting the release of the 5 disk set: Kinks The Anthology 1964 - 1971. It was good to be reminded how interesting I found the Kinks, and I still like their music. My never-into-punk-too-into-Beatles-harmony wife liked the interview and was interested in Davies, but she still doesn't like the Kinks' music. Oh well.


http://www.npr.org/2014/11/26/366813240/naive-yet-revolutionary-ray-davies-on-50-years-of-the-kinks


http://www.modculture.co.uk/coming-soon-the-kinks-the-anthology-1964-1971-five-disc-box-set/
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Nov 27, 2014 - 09:48am PT
I listened to the Ray Davies interview twice yesterday. Was waiting for mention of Village Green but had to settle for a nod to Muswell Hillbillies. Good interview nonetheless on one of the most underrated bands.

Repeat of Marty Stuart right now. Happy thanksgiving.
sullly

Gym climber
Nov 27, 2014 - 10:14am PT
Sure like her, but why does she end sentences with a question mark when not asking a question? It's as if she needs confirmation of her abilities. She's so smart. No need to sound uncertain. Maybe it's a gender thing, a generational thing or an East Coast thing. NPR is now full of female voices ending declarative sentences with question marks.
Ken M

Mountain climber
Los Angeles, Ca
Nov 27, 2014 - 11:03am PT
I was amazed by her Ray Davies interview. I think HE was amazed, also. She took him in directions that clearly surprised him, and her level of preparation was just great.

She did a great job of breaking down his defensiveness, with her friendliness and knowledge, and clear enjoyment of his music. She converted him into a guy sharing stories and background with a friend, and ended up with a complex and in-depth understanding of the man.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 28, 2014 - 09:42am PT
^^^Nicely written Ken. I was searching for something like that.
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Nov 28, 2014 - 10:10am PT
There is a woman named Robin Young (??) hosting on a current NPR show "Here and Now". She sounds like a slightly younger Ms. Gross. Her voice and inflection are uncannily similar.

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