We’re bringing SexyBack…. So I come into the office this morning, and “Bye Bye Bye" is playing on my coworker John’s speakers. (Yes, this means we’re prepping for an upcoming show with Justin Timberlake. A highlight of working here: being asked to list my favorite NSYNC songs for Terry to listen to….)
The interview with Jon Stewart last night in NYC went really, really well. So much so that we’re debating what we have to cut (for time.) We’ll probably put some of the rest up online to enjoy. We’re also trying to get some clear (non-camera-phone) pictures of the event and will pop those up.
Tomorrow’s show looks like we’re going to run interviews conducted in 1989 with Arthur Penn and 1991/1994 with Tony Curtis. That’s not finalized yet, but it seems pretty likely. David Edelstein is reviewing The Social Network this week.
Avoiding large puddles in Philadelphia, as we’re experiencing a monsoon-like day.
John Boehner, the Republican House leader who will become Speaker if Democrats lose control of the House in the upcoming midterms, recently offered his solution to the current economic crisis: “Liquidate labor, liquidate stocks, liquidate the farmer, liquidate real estate. It will purge the…
Our guest for tomorrow is on Tumblr! This is really exciting. We’re going to be talking about re-starting the stalled economy with economist Robert Reich.
Time To Get Up From Your Desks And Dance! The name Chuck Brown might not mean a whole lot to people outside the Washington, D.C., area. That would be their loss. In D.C., Brown is widely known, even revered, as the Godfather of Go-Go, a title he’s held since the late ’70s. Though he started out as a jazz guitarist, Brown invented go-go, a style that incorporates funk, jazz, R&B, hip-hop and dancehall, and has mostly stuck with it ever since. — Frannie Kelley
Boardwalk Empire's creator Terence Winter explains why he fell in love with Steve Buscemi’s character Nucky Thompson — and why he continually returns to New Jersey’s gangsters for inspiration. (He also wrote/co-wrote 25 episodes of The Sopranos)
“On my way out the door they said, ‘Oh by the way, Martin Scorsese’s attached as a producer’. Scorsese is an actor magnet. Everybody wants to work with him. I had all these pictures on my wall and I thought, ‘I’d really better write some good stuff for these people.’”—
“I think negotiators have to be prepared for those polarized feelings of joy and happiness when you succeed, which fortunately is most of the time. But you also have to be prepared for those occasions where [it turned out] not at all what we wanted. … The priority is clearly the innocent victims in any situation. However, I’ve gone into every situation wanting to see the person do what I think is in their best interest, which is put their weapon down … and surrender peacefully. I think that’s true in all cases.”—Gary Noesner, who spent 30 years working as a hostage negotiator for the FBI, on the conflicted emotions negotiators feel during a hostage crisis.
harharhar answered: What’s it like working in public radio? How does Fresh Air like to unwind after long days?
I haven’t worked in any other industry so I’m not sure I have an apt comparison. I love working in public radio. I learn new things every day, get to talk to interesting people and most importantly, can wear t-shirts and jeans to work. Sometimes it’s stressful, particularly with daily deadlines (my old show, Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, only tapes once a week…) but it’s nice to a) produce something every day b) have something concrete to show for it and c) start something new the next day.Things are constantly changing and that makes it interesting.
As for unwinding, we occasionally have pizza parties on Fridays and next week, we’re going to see Terry interview Jon Stewart in NYC. I think everyone is really looking forward to that. There are 12 of us. It’s a pretty close-knit group.
burkean answered: I echo Scott’s sentiments. It’s awesome to have you all on Tumblr. Q: What made you pick Tumblr as a suitable platform?
I have a personal Tumblr. My friends also use Tumblr. And the show didn’t really have a space for material not directly tied to a broadcast (like background information or a cool video we found or a factoid that doesn’t fit on our regular website.) I also like how easy it is to post and hope to get a few more of the staffers posting because it’s so easy.
“It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party.”—Nick Hornby (via myquotelibrary)
“Maybe the best thing to do with favorite books is to leave them be: to achieve such exalted position means that they entered your life at exactly the right time, in precisely the right place, and those conditions can never be recreated.”—Nick Hornby (via notareasonableman)
Tomorrow: Tim Page, Nick Hornby, Dexter, Wall Street
The show is jam packed tomorrow. We’ll hear from Pulitzer Prize-winning classical music critic Tim Page, who was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was 45. (That diagnosis changed his life.) Here he is at age 12, in 1967, when he starred in a documentary called A Day with Timmy Page. And here’s a personal essay he wrote for The New Yorker about having Asperger’s.
We’ll also hear from author Nick Hornby who wrote About A Boy, Juliet Naked, and High Fidelity. According to YouTube, this is the funniest scene in High Fidelity.
AND…David Bianculli previews the new season of Dexter, which he says is “one of the most inventive and exciting shows on TV.” And we hear from David Edelstein, who takes a look at the new film Wall Street. (The NYSE is not on Tumblr. We checked.)
“I should say the vast majority of the military personnel understand their oath to the Constitution and understand why they’re there and their duty. But there is a very significant movement within [the military] which sees the military as a Christian institution. They seem themselves as Christian warriors. They see themselves as responsible for protecting and defending America’s tradition as a Christian nation and representing that overseas. For a lot of them personally, it just meshed well with their personal beliefs because they didn’t have to engage in these kind of culture war issues and the military just decided for them. That decision comes down on terms that are very comfortable for religious conservatism.”—Jeff Sharlet, on Christianity and the military, in a conversation with Terry Gross on Fresh Air
We’re trying to figure out what exactly is on the show today. Jeff Sharlet, talking about Christian fundamentalism in the military and politics, is a definite for the first half of the show…but the second segment is a toss-up at this point. I’ll let you know when we know, which should be soonish.
A fantastic piece by Sharlet about The Family and C Street is in the May 2003 edition of Harper’s (available online here) The New Yorker (they’re also on tumblr) also covered C Street in their issue this week, which you can read here.