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All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

Terry Gross

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"I'm Terry Gross and this is Fresh Air . . ."

Now available in paperback--a selection of revealing interviews from the award-winning National Public Radio show

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 OBrien, Samuel L. Jackson, Johnny Cash, and Nicolas Cage. And in her introduction, the generally self-effacing host of Fresh Air does something she wouldnt dream of doing on the air--she reveals a thing or two about herself.

Biographie de l'auteur

Terry Gross started out in public radio in 1973 at WBFO, the NPR affiliate on the campus of her alma mater, the State University of New York at Buffalo. 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 herself 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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  • Format : Format Kindle
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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 384 pages
  • Editeur : Hachette Books (1 septembre 2004)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B00JJ9QSJ0
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Colorful, interesting, behind-the-scenes look at "Fresh Air" 17 septembre 2004
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Terry Gross first began interviewing celebrities in the arts world on National Public Radio station WHYY in Philadelphia in 1975. As the queen of research and often surprising personal questions, Gross interviews her guests with a candor and appreciation of their art that surpasses that of most hosts. She has hosted the hit NPR interview show "Fresh Air" for nearly 30 years.

Her stock in trade is to mine surprising insights from her guests. Often, the more well known the artist is, the more gracious he or she is in an interview. Gross is very sensitive to their feelings and asks them if there are subjects that are off-limits. Sometimes, however, a guest will push her buttons and she takes her gloves off. She includes a couple of interviews where the guest is so totally obnoxious that the verbal blows begin to fall. But these instances are rare indeed, and regular listeners to her show usually are entertained and charmed by the genuine camaraderie that prevails.

The broadcasts range from 1988 through 2004, with such notables as Nicolas Cage, Dennis Hopper, Dustin Hoffman, Jodie Foster and John Updike, to the late Divine, Mario Puzo, Johnny Cash, and James Baldwin. Gross opens each excerpt from the selected interviews in the book --- there are 39 in all --- with personal remarks about the occasion. She has grouped some interviews together, such as the various people involved in the making of the movie Taxi Driver.

Nick Cage describes eating a cockroach live in an early vampire movie called Vampire's Kiss, and then discusses his views on death and dying. Dustin Hoffman turns out to be a charming and introspective guest as he talks about his first splash into stardom with The Graduate, his childhood, and the rather surprising best advice he ever received from Mike Nichols, which he says is what has kept him on the marquee since that movie.

Jodie Foster discusses her TV appearance at age three in a Coppertone commercial. She went on to play the controversial role of a child prostitute in Taxi Driver and talks about the repercussions of the John Hinckley attempt to assassinate President Ronald Reagan, since he was supposedly obsessed with that movie.

Dennis Hopper's interview is characteristically off the wall, but we learn some surprising insights into his early life. Can any of us who are familiar with his work imagine him rising at dawn on a Kansas farm to milk cows before going off to school?

Gross's unique ability to draw celebrities out has made her one of the broadcast media's most admired interviewers. ALL I DID WAS ASK is a colorful and interesting look behind the scenes at one of the longest running interview shows on radio.

--- Reviewed by Roz Shea
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Everything you wanted to know about these people, but ... 9 septembre 2004
Par Mark Goulston - Publié sur Amazon.com
ALL I DID WAS ASK is one of those satisfying books that tells you "everything you wanted to ask about these people, but didn't know what to ask"

I've heard it said that intelligence shows itself better in questions than in answers. It is also a rare quality to hear questions that are immediately so obvious and so much what you would like to know, but would have never thought to ask on your own. Terry Gross has both these qualities in spades, It's no accident that she has been on the air for so long; it's because she asks the questions that we all wish we were thoughtful and intelligent enough to come up with. Get this book to satisfy your curiosity about these people and them emulate Terry in the questions you ask and you, too, will find yourself demonstrating your intelligence.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A pure delight! 28 août 2004
Par radio lover in new jersey - Publié sur Amazon.com
I listen to Fresh Air as much as I can, and I completely disagree with the other reviewer. I believe Terry Gross is the best interviewer out there--she is brash, smart, articulate, interesting, well-read and well-informed, and obviously has both a great heart and also loves even the guests she may not agree with. In her book--all of that comes through. You can learn so much from listening to Terry's show, or from reading this unexpectedly fresh, original and insightful book. And I also loved her subjects!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 What Did He Say is Now Answered. 5 octobre 2004
Par John Matlock - Publié sur Amazon.com
It's fascinating to listen to interviews on the radio, and Fresh Air is among the very best. But how often I've asked myself, now what did he say right there. But the fleeting moment had passed, and even by asking I've missed the next things that was said. Thank God for the printed word that lasts forever and sits on the shelf to be reviewed as needed. ==Here are some three dozen transcripts of interviews. Some of which you undoubtedly missed. Some of which are artfully edited from multiple broadcasts. The editing though was carefully done to not change the tone of the interview, nor does it appear that Ms. Gross has taken the opportunity to make herself look better. ==As you would expect, some of the interviews are more interesting to me than others. You may of course, not find the same ones of interest. But if you like the show, you will like the book, basically a transcript of the interviews
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 For fans of the radio program... 6 mai 2005
Par ra2sky - Publié sur Amazon.com
I'm enjoy Fresh Air and just wanted to make a few quick comments for other frequent listeners. PRO: If it's hard for you to devote 100% attention to the radio broadcast, you may enjoy having a bit more time to focus on the content. CON: as a frequent listener you probably recall much of what's here and won't have many A-Ha moments. Finally, these interviews are art/music/acting focused; this book does not include any of Ms Gross' interviews with current-events or political figures. In short, a nice read but not earth-shattering for the frequent Fresh Air listener. Recommend.
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