“It’s a little misleading to say three fingers. It’s actually two fingers, middle and index finger, and your thumb, and it’s kind of — some of the rolls will go, if you number your thumb one, the index two and your middle finger three, it’s like a one-two-three roll, over and over. But to do a tune, it’s like trying to say every word with the exact same amount of syllables in the word. You’ve got to alternate the rolls some to make the tune flow.”—Banjo player Earl Scruggs talked to Terry Gross about his signature picking method.
“A long-lived relationship is about so many things. It is such a dense and complex process — always a process — and it’s not to be summed up. It’s not to be turned into some kind of vignette. If we are serious, we also have to recognize that even the longest and richest and densest relationship must end, and we see it around us. We see it in that inevitability of time’s power, if you will.”—Adrienne Rich, on relationships [the complete 1989 Fresh Air interview]
“Essentially poetry, if it is poetry, does not lend itself to simple readings, to oversimplifications — though people may try to read it that way. It seems to me that the essential nature of a poem is that there is ambivalence and ambiguity quivering underneath.”—Adrienne Rich: The 1989 Fresh Air interview
Whose idea was it to start a Fresh Air Tumblr? Was it hard to convince coworkers/higher ups that it could be a meaningful communication tool for your program? Has (or would) Terry ever guest blogged on the Tumblr?
It was my idea back in August of 2010.
I am lucky because my coworkers trust me with the Internet stuff so I don’t really have to jump through any hoops and frequently just start new things to see what works and what doesn’t. (I don’t have to ask…but generally let them know that I’m thinking of trying something new that may or may not work…) They also trust me to not be an idiot on any of these mediums and I’d like to think that I mostly fulfill that expectation.
Terry hasn’t guest blogged but if people have questions, I ask her and then write what she says in response…She spends most of her time doing interview prep and doesn’t have much free time.
Paul McCartney?!?! If I show up at your guys' door tomorrow, pretty please with a cherry on top let me in?
We tape all of our interviews, including the one with Mr.Sir Sir Mr. McCartney, in advance so we can edit. If you show up tomorrow, you’ll see no interviews take place (and 99% of our interviews take place remotely…so you’d just be staring at us. And we’re just sitting at computers. Kind of a downer, I know.)
“There are no ideal conditions for the making of a film, or rather, conditions are always ideal, since they are what definitively allows the film to be made as is. The illness of an actress, which makes it necessary to replace her, a refusal from the producer, an accident that holds up work – all these are not obstacles but elements in themselves, from which a film is made. What exists in the end takes over from what might have existed. It isn’t just that the unexpected is part of the journey; it is, in fact, the journey itself. The only thing that matters is the inner open-mindedness of the director. Making a film doesn’t mean trying to make reality fit in with preconceived ideas; it means being ready for anything that may happen.” – Fellini”—via Four Eyes: How do I absorb this into my cellular structure?
“At one point, when Theodore Roosevelt was police commissioner of New York, he and his men raided one of the Thomashefsky theaters. And he saw Bessie, who was very young and looked much younger than she was always, and he said, ‘Look out little girl.’ And she said, ‘Little girl, my ass. If anyone’s being taken in, it’s me.’”—On today’s Fresh Air, the story of the Thomashefskys, stars of the Yiddish stage.
“We would determine a minimum amount … and if we understood what their needs were or what their family life was about, then we could … better prey upon those needs and fill those gaps – and we did. … And it may only cost $200 dollars a month for a player that could end up being a first-round draft choice and generate millions.”—On today’s Fresh Air, former sports agent Josh Luchs explains why he repeatedly paid college athletes, in clear violation of NCAA and NFL Players Association rules.
Folklorist Alan Lomax spent his career documenting folk music traditions from around the world. Now thousands of the songs and interviews he recorded are available for free online, many for the first time. It’s part of what Lomax envisioned for the collection — long before the age of the Internet.
“Ever since puberty, ever since I was 11 or 12, I’ve had cyclical depression. That’s something that has been a defining feature of my life as an adult. It’s manageable. But it’s real. And it doesn’t take away from my joy or my work or my energy, but coping with depression is something that is part of the everyday way that I live and have lived for as long as I can remember. … Depression for me, you can’t distract your way out of it. … When you are depressed, it’s like the rest of the world is the mother ship, and you’re out there on a little pod and your line gets cut and you don’t connect with anything. You sort of disappear. And so it’s not something you can talk-therapy out of. It’s really a chemical thing. You get adrenaline from work, but adrenaline is not a cure.”—Rachel Maddow on depression
“Nothing about me wants to write. I reject it liked a transplanted organ. It’s a little bit of a dark window into my soul. I don’t mind writing scripts. I don’t mind writing something that I’m going to read because I think subconsciously, I’m confident that if I screw something up or something is inelegant or embarrassing or even wrong, because I’m writing myself, I can ad-lib the correction on-air of or fix it. When you’re writing for the eye, it’s unforgiving and I find it hard for me to commit to a sentence.”—Rachel Maddow on writing
“I just wanted to throw something up in peoples’ faces. I’m not sure that I would do it that way now. I don’t really have any regret about it. I wish I had been more sensitive to my parents. But I certainly don’t regret coming out. I think that everybody has to find their own way on coming out issues. And some people decide never to. I tend to think it is always better to be out than not out. But not everybody has the option. And when I was a freshman in college, I felt like I had the option and I exercised it with an exclamation point. I think it says more about being 17 than it does about being gay.”—Rachel Maddow on coming out at 17 in the Stanford student newspaper.
Something changed in iTunes on March 6th that made Fresh Air start downloading per segment instead of per episode.
Anyone know what happened? It’s not a problem, I’m just curious if this change occurred for everyone or just me. What say you, NPR Fresh Air on Tumblr?
I say as follows: We had a ton of people write in over the past year complaining that the podcast wasn’t labeled. NPR in DC handles our podcast and we asked them to take a look and try to improve the experience for people so that the podcasts could be differentiated. They told us that in order to label the podcasts, they had to be split into individual segments. Unfortunately, this means people are getting 2-3 episodes in iTunes, which for most people is not set up to download more than one episode automatically (This can be changed in settings.) We realize this is far from ideal and we’re now working with the tech gurus at NPR in DC to hopefully get labels AND our episode back in one piece. That might take a little while, but it’s on the agenda. Apologies if you’re now downloading 2-3 episodes before treadmilling and commuting. I’m very much aware of this and trying to come up with a solution that makes most, if not all, of the Internet happy. -Mel