Here’s another musical collaboration that we couldn’t fit into the show: Darrell Scott, accompanied by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band, singing “The Year That Clayton Delaney Died.”
The Tom T. Hall song is actually about a man that Tom knew named Lonnie Easterly, who lived on Clayton Hill next to a family called the Delaneys. As Tom says, “I kept everything on that hill, there in his neighborhood, to keep from losing that reality.”
Tomorrow: Darrell Scott remembers his father Wayne, who died earlier this year in a car accident. We also replay an interview from 2006, featuring both Darrell and Wayne.
Can you tell David Bianculi that his favorite moment of tv was also my favorite moment of tv? I about split my sides laughing when Parks & Rec did the NPR spoof. And a thank you to you and the whole Fresh Air team-- I love the show (and the tumblr)!
Were you a fan of public radio before taking your job, or was it just a job?
I listened when I was little, and then in high school and college. I’ve been here since 2006. First as a Kroc Fellow at NPR in DC, then as the director of Wait Wait, and now at Fresh Air. There are parts of my job that are “just a job” but for the majority of the time, I really enjoy what I do quite a bit.
The first thing I do when I want to follow up on a Fresh Air interview is go to Wikipedia. What is Terry's & Co's relationship with Wikipedia?
I once edited an article about my college marching band…um…what do you mean? I mean, we read it but we use a ton of other sources. I think of it as good background read for subjects I’m not familiar with, and then I go to sources I am familiar with to read more.
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas- The Carpenters
Tomorrow, we remember songwriter Hugh Martin, who wrote the song Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas for Judy Garland. Martin, who died in March at age 96, is the subject of a new CD of rare and unreleased recordings.
This song has been covered by everyone. What’s your favorite? Mine is Twisted Sister.
“I remember, it remains one of the scariest moments of my life, … you just have to make peace very quickly with the idea that it’s over. And I remember looking up at that soldier and he says, ‘Shoot them’ in Arabic and you just lose every sensation at that point.”—On today’s Fresh Air, New York Times war correspondent Anthony Shadid describes being captured and beaten by Gadhafi’s forces in Libya last March.
In March, veteran foreign correspondent Anthony Shadid and three other journalists were held and beaten by security forces in Libya. On today’s Fresh Air, Shadid talks about his experiences in Libya and why he decided to continue reporting from conflict zones. In the past year, he’s covered the Arab uprisings in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Bahrain and Tunisia. Before that, he covered the Iraq War for nearly a decade.
“If there are water coolers and if there are offices, one person goes up and says, ‘Did you see Dexter?’ And they’re like, ‘No, shut up, I didn’t see it. Tell me in a year.’ This is not the way to have a conversation.”—David Bianculli, on spoiler-culture.
“I think it’s easy to make impenetrable music that nobody can get, and you can hide behind that sometimes. I kind of like the idea of subversively working your way into people’s heads, and then you can say whatever you want.”—Trent Reznor: The Fresh Air Interview