“Poetry holds the knowledge that we are alive and that we know we’re going to die. The most mysterious aspect of being alive might be that — and poetry knows that.”—On today’s Fresh Air, poet Marie Howe discusses several of her poems, which deal with topics such as loss, love, spirituality, gender, sexuality and intimacy.
“That’s the one tax deduction that judges have, if I can remember. If you buy new robes, that’s a business expense and can be deducted.”—Justice Stevens on his robes. (Previously: Justice Breyer on Wait Wait, on his robes)
“There’s been some change in my views about the death penalty, but I think there’s more of a change in the jurisprudence of the Court that made me eventually reach the conclusion that the death penalty, as it is presently administered, is unconstitutional.”—Justice John Paul Stevens voted to uphold the death penalty in 1976. On today’s Fresh Air, he discusses his evolving viewpoints over his 35 years on the Supreme Court.
“The Court has held, I think incorrectly, that the First Amendment protects the right to use money just as though money were speech.”—On today’s Fresh Air, retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens talks about his dissenting opinion in the Citizens United ruling.
I took about five thousand pictures trying to move my muscles such that the lines would be perfectly straight, but it got exhausting, so I just picked this one. There’s still some scaley skin on the red part, but in another week or so, it should be gone.
How does terry Gross select the people to interview?
We have a meeting every Friday where the producers pitch guest ideas and everyone sits around a table for a few hours and talks about potential guests. Everyone here can pitch. We try to have a variety of subjects and voices on — and make sure we also have guests on who can talk about current news events.