Blog 2 – Who I Would Like to Interview

I listen to NPR’s “Fresh Air,” an interview-based show hosted by Terry Gross out of Philadelphia, almost every day. There has always been something about Terry’s voice, with its serene yet joyfully curious quality, that draws you in and keeps you mesmerized to the end of her interviews. I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve sat in my car, having arrived at my destination, just to hear Terry finish talking with her guests. It would be interesting and fun to learn how she started her career and how she has perfected her craft over the years.
When did you realize that you wanted to interview people on your own radio show?
What other careers would you have chosen if you hadn’t gotten your own radio show?
What were some of your first jobs and how do you think they prepared you for the work you do now?
I was surprised to learn that you conduct your interviews over the phone as it sounds like you are talking with your guests face to face. How do you stay connected with people without being able to make eye contact or seeing their body language?
How do you select the guests you want to interview?
What’s a typical work day like for you?
What do you do to prepare for your interviews?
You always sound so calm. Who was your most nerve-wracking guest?
If someone becomes upset and refuses to answer one of your questions, what are some of the ways you’ve handled that?
Do you have any advice on how to conduct a great interview?

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  1. Hello Cynthia, I think it would be so interesting to read the blog of you interviewing Terry. I think reading about tips and advice on how she does it would be so helpful for some of us who want to have a career interviewing others. Also hearing her experiences would be awesome, I would love to read about how that interview went.

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