“And I said, R.J., which is my older son, get up, son. And right when I said get up and I put my hands on him, the walls went, and he went. He just - he left. The tornado took him right then. I held onto what I have which is James Peter, and my wife held onto my other son, which I could hear her praying to my left. And I was praying over my boy, and I said -and I could see his little face (unintelligible) I could see him. He was looking up. I said it’s OK. It’s OK. And I was getting hit, you know? I was just shielding him. And my wife yells - she said: Do you have R.J.? I said no. I said I don’t. And then, I heard her get louder praying. And then, I started - I kept going, and I look up, and my oldest son come walking right through the rubble.”—Reginald Eppes, a survivor of the deadly tornado that has already claimed nearly 300 lives, tells NPR how his oldest son was pulled from their home by the tornado. His son survived and found his way back home with minimal injuries. Read full segment (via centerforinvestigativereporting)
“It’s not about giving up on public schools but it is about acknowledging that right now, when you step back, [only] 8 percent of low-income kids can expect to get a bachelor degree by the time they’re 24….[and] when you have a system that produces 8 percent of the low-income kids getting out of college by the time they’re 24, something is wrong.”—Educational consultant Andrew Rotherham. [complete interview here]
“I came to the conclusion … that No Child Left Behind has turned into a timetable for the destruction of American public education.”—Diane Ravitch, the former assistant Secretary for Education, explains why she changed her mind on No Child Left Behind.
What's the research and preparing process like for a guest? I've read that Terry is a very thorough reader/viewer/etc. in anticipation of her guests, but how much of her prep is by her own hand and research, and how much is curated for her by the Fresh Air staff?
There are three associate producers here who heavily research each guest and compile stuff — and then Terry goes home and reads all of that as well as a book (if it’s an author) or several books (if they’ve published more than one book) or watches a movie/TV show/whatever. She does a ton of prep work during the week and on Sundays to prepare for the following day.
What's the difference between npr fresh air and npr?
We’re a show distributed by NPR but produced by WHYY in Philadelphia. It’s like ‘This American Life' and PRI, which distributes TAL. So we appear on NPR stations but we have editorial control over our content and work in Philly.
“Despite the funny phrasing, at the heart of the idea of leading from behind is the empowerment of other actors to do your bidding or, as in the case of Libya, to be used as cover for a policy that would be suspect in the eyes of other nations if it’s branded as a purely American operation”—Ryan Lizza on the phrase ‘leading from behind' which has recently become a hot-button topic among political pundits after Lizza wrote in The New Yorker that an Obama advisor had used the term to describe Obama's actions in Libya. [Lizza on Fresh Air today]
“Although his novels aren’t as emotionally satisfying as those of his friend Jonathan Franzen — the conventional Truffaut to his radical Godard — he was his generation’s genius, the voice other writers heard in their heads. This may make him sound pretentious. Yet the reason people loved and still revere him is that he wasn’t. He wasn’t Olympian like Nabokov, self-promoting like Mailer or reclusive like Salinger. He had a reputation, rare among famous writers, as a decent guy who genuinely cared about being good.”—Critic John Powers pays tribute to the collected works of David Foster Wallace.
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On April 17, Secretary Clinton returned from her visit to Berlin, Seoul, and Tokyo. Assistant Secretary Gordon said the NATO Ministerial in Berlin was “an opportunity to consult with key allies and partners not…
“You have to remember this: Bernie Madoff helped write the rule book. He knew what it was to be a regulated entity. He ran a regulated broker dealer, a wholesale trading house. So he knew what regulators would look for. And when it came to his Ponzi scheme, he made sure that what they would be looking for was there. So the deceptions were all designed with a regulator or an auditor in mind because he knew what that experience was like.”—New York Times senior financial writer Diana Henriques on Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme.
Harry Markopolos’ 2005 memo to the SEC detailing more than two dozen red flags about Bernie Madoff. Madoff was arrested in December 2008.
Casey tells FRONTLINE that Markpolos’s analogy was, “a baseball player would have to be hitting .925 straight for 10 years in a row. Would you bet on a player like that, that he wasn’t doing something illegal?”
Has Fresh Air considered having more visual artists on as guests? I know it can be difficult area for radio interviews, I'd just love to hear Terry speak with more artists. (The Sarkin interview was great.) Plus, they've got you to post pictures!
How grossed out were all of you while researching the 'wicked bugs' show? Or, was it more like a morbid fascination with the grotesqueness of it all? I am curious to know where that came up with because I am simultaneously grossed out and fascinated by it.
I wasn’t grossed out. I know we cut out some of the more scream-inducing stuff, but just for time reasons.