Tuesday, November 18, 2008

A Radio Interview I'd Love to Hear

Terry Gross interviewing Sarah Palin.

I love radio interviews. They have the effect of distilling the interaction down to thoughts and how they are expressed. It doesn't matter what the participants are wearing, how they look, what they are doing, or how the lighting is placed.

I especially appreciate any opportunity to listen to Gross' interviews. She appears to be someone who has no agenda other than to let her genuinely curious mind plumb the depths of the issue at hand. These days I end up catching a portion of her program, Fresh Air, as I drive to and from C's school to pick him up.

William Ayers was on her show today. It was enlightening, to say the least. A far cry from the "palling around with terrorists" caricature he had been reduced to during the campaign.

Thanks to all the hoopla surrounding his connection to Obama, his 2001 book, Fugitive Days: Memoirs of an Anti-War Activist, is being reissued and Ayers has been on TV, in the newspapers and now on Fresh Air. He's underground no more.


Sujatha said...

I've listened to a local reporter interviewing Palin and a Terry Gross she was not. They sounded like a pair of high school girls giggling over the prom and the Q&A was anything but substantial.

Let's not torture Terry Gross by inflicting an interview with Palin on her ;)

Sujatha Bagal said...

S, just looking for a chance to hear from her while being interviewed by people neither looking to tear her down or put her up on a pedestal. Getting giddy with all the spin.

Jay said...

50 hours of '"Fresh air" tapes should be made mandatory in all Communication degree programs in India - IBN, NDTV guys can take a hint!

Sujatha Bagal said...

Jay, that's not a bad idea at all!