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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.
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