INTERVIEWERS AND BIOGRAPHERS
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
What's the best way to get someone to talk? NPR's
Terry Gross has done more interviewers than just about anyone else
in public radio. But she prefers to talk to them long distance,
with no eye contact. In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
Terry Gross on the art of the interview.
NPR's Terry Gross has interviewed just about
everybody who matters, whether politicians, actors, writers, or
musicians. She has a new book collecting some of the best called
"All I Did Was Ask." At the Chicago Book Expo America
she told Steve Paulson she really prefers to do her interviewing
long distance, where she can't see her subject. And, Stephen
Thompson is an editor at The Onion newspaper, and editor of
"The Onion A.V. Club: The Tenacity of the Cockroach."
It's a collection of interviews with the likes of Mr. T, The Unknown
Comic and Harlan Ellison. Thompson tells Jim Fleming what those
interviews were like and does a terrific Mr. T voice.
Allen Long is a former dope-smuggler and
the subject of Robert Sabbag's book "Loaded: A Misadventure
on the Marijuana Trail." Anne Strainchamps interviewed them
a week apart. In this piece she reports on their relationship
and their very different perspectives on it. Sabbag regards Long
as a finished story; someone to send a Christmas card to. Long
thinks they're lifelong friends.
Adam Sisman is the author of "Boswell's
Presumptuous Task," a study of Boswell's "Life of Johnson."
Novelist Beryl Bainbridge has written "According to
Queeney" about Dr. Johnson's relationship with his friend,
Mrs. Thrale. Both writers talk with Steve Paulson about Boswell
and Johnson and Boswell's immortal biography of the brilliant
18th century man of letters.
Cassette copies are available
Ask for "The Interview," program number 03-02-02-A.
- Beryl Bainbridge,
According to Queeney (Carroll & Graf)
- Terry Gross, All I Did Was Ask:
Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists
- Robert Sabbag, Loaded: A Misadventure
on the Marijuana Trail (Little Brown)
- Adam Sisman, Boswell's Presumptuous Task
- Stephen Thompson & The Onion A.V. Club,
The Tenacity of the Cockroach: Conversations with Entertainment's
Most Enduring Outsiders (Three Rivers Press)
- After Terry Gross:
Grant Green w/ "Green with Envy"
on "Green Street" CD Blue Note
- After Stephen Thompson:
Combustible Edison w/ "The Millionaire's Holiday"
on "I, Swinger" CD Sub Pop
- After Robert Sabbag & Alan Long:
Chet Baker w/ "Alone Together"
on "Deep in a Dream" CD Pacific Jazz
- After Adam Sisman & Beryl Bainbridge:
Andras Schiff w/ "K474 in E flat major, Andante e cantabile"
on "Scarlatti: Keyboard Sonatas" CD Decca Record Company
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