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All I Did Was Askby Terry Gross
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"I'm Terry Gross and this is Fresh Air"
Originating from WHYY-FM in Philadelphia and heard on more than 450 NPR stations, "Fresh Air with Terry Gross" has become a daily habit with millions of listeners nationwide — a must for anyone hoping to keep up with what's happening in the arts. Over the last twenty years, Terry's guests have included our most significant writers, actors, musicians, comics, and visual artists.
For her first collection, Terry has chosen more than three dozen timeless interviews that prove to be as lively on the page as they were on the radio. Her questions — probing yet sensitive — encourage revelations from figures as diverse as John Updike, Isabella Rossellini, Conan O'Brien, Samuel L. Jackson, Johnny Cash, and Nicolas Cage. And in her introduction, the generally self-effacing host of "Fresh Air" does something she wouldn't dream of doing on the air — she reveals a thing or two about herself.
"An encore presentation of Gross' most entertaining NPR 'Fresh Air' interviews." Vanity Fair
"In a splendid new book NPR's ace interviewer Terry Gross collects her most provocative conversations." O, The Oprah Magazine
"If interviewing people is like picking locks, Terry Gross...holds a master key." Los Angeles Times
"The interviews with prominent, pivotal figures in the worlds of art, literature, music and entertainment are fascinating. They are conversations and discussions we dream of having, and get to have, through our proxy, the enigmatic Terry Gross." Portland Oregonian
"The best material...is not the interviews, but rather what frames them. The introduction, acknowledgement and few paragraphs at the beginning of each chapter provide insight into Gross herself." Miami Herald
"The compilation begins with an informative introduction from Gross, who provides a behind-the-scenes look into the production of the program. She also reveals insights into her interviewing process and her continuing interest in the arts throughout her 25-year career with 'Fresh Air.'" Library Journal
"It's a boon to have these priceless exchanges preserved in print, along with Gross' candid commentary." Booklist
More than three dozen timeless interviews from the award-winning National Public Radio host encourage revelations from figures as diverse as John Updike, Isabella Rossellini, Conan O'Brien, Samuel L. Jackson, Johnny Cash, and Nicholas Cage.
About the Author
Terry Gross has spent practically her entire adult life in public radio, since beginning her career at WBFO-FM, the NPR affiliate on the campus of her alma mater, the State University of New York at Buffalo, in 1973. She became producer and host of "Fresh Air" in 1975, when it was still a local program. "Fresh Air" won a Peabody Award in 1994 for "its probing questions, revelatory interviews, and unusual insights." In 2003, Terry received public radio's highest honor, the Edward R. Murrow Award. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, the writer Francis Davis.
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