“When I started doing this work in 1986, roughly 20 percent of all of the people in the United States who were living with AIDS were African-American. The most recent statistics from the Center for Disease Control indicate that 45 percent of all the new cases of HIV infection are amongst African-Americans. … If we continue on the current trend, in the year 2015, especially in the South, it will probably be the case that 5 to 6 percent of all African-American adults who are sexually active will be infected with the virus.”—Dr. Robert Fullilove, on today’s Fresh Air about AIDS in the African-American community.
“Of the more than 1 million people in the U.S. infected with HIV, nearly half are black men, women and children — even though blacks make up about 13 percent of the population. AIDS is the primary killer of African-Americans ages 19 to 44, and the mortality rate is 10 times higher for black Americans than for whites.”—AIDS in Black America: A Public Health Crisis
You've previously said here that the listing of bumper music for Fresh Air is available on the web site, but that just isn't true. The so-called rundown for 2 July 2012 only lists two stories, and the "listen to the full episode" link only has audio for those two stories. Where's the music?
I was off yesterday and scrambling to get the websites up. Will update the music logs now — thanks for the ‘so-called’ reminder. :)
“AIDS is now the leading cause of death for African-American women between the ages of 25 and 34 and the primary killer for all African Americans in the 19-44 age group.”—Robert Fullilove, guest on today’s show.
“I do think John Roberts takes himself very seriously and he should, as the custodian of the prestige and legitimacy of the branch of government that he heads. How much that entered his calculations in [the healthcare case], only he knows. But it’s a perfectly appropriate consideration to make sure your branch, which is meant to be disinterested and apolitical and judicial, should not be perceived as yet a third political branch of government. And in the wake of ideological 5-4 decisions like Bush v. Gore and Citizens United, the Court has let itself open to that interpretation and had it struck down the healthcare law 5-4 along ideological lines, there would have been some substantial attack on the credibility of the Court.”—Adam Liptak on Chief Justice Robert’s legacy
“The Age of Miracles is literary fiction, but it spins out the same kind of “what if?” disaster plot that distinguishes many a classic sci-fi movie. Too bad the title The Day the Earth Stood Still was already taken, because it really would have been the perfect title for Thompson’s novel.”—Maureen Corrigan reviews a melancholy page-turner that’s more than just a disaster plot.
I think that Terry should interview YOU, before you leave your post! As a 25 year old who struggles to keep up with the ever-changing internet trends while simultaneously struggling to enter the job market, watching you do this work has been so helpful in understanding how to really utilize the tools of social networking. It is so incredibly important, so thank you!
That would be a really boring interview. (And I like being behind the scenes here.) (But thank you. Glad you enjoy it.)
Fresh Air is always pretty exceptional about addressing breaking news and events in a timely and effective manner. Does your process change substantially when something really big or important happens?
Not really, though we do book morning turnarounds when something really important happens. (This morning, for example, we’re talking to Adam Liptak from The New York Times right now, and the interview is scheduled to air at noon. Not a lot of editing time.)
How much interaction, if any, do you have with guests who appear on the show?
Almost none. The guests usually go to studios closest to their houses and we stick to Philadelphia. I do email each guest their interview afterwards. (Which is occasionally how random famous people end up in my GChat list. I then block them.)
I noticed that sometimes in your articles you quote the interviewee say things that aren't on the broadcast. Do you listen to the unedited interviews and if so, how much gets left out?
I listen to the first edit, which means post-taping but pre-ready-for-broadcast. Usually they start out around 60-75 minutes long and then are cut down for time/clarity/whether we need to play another segment. So it’s really very interview dependent. (It would be impossible to produce the website after the final edit, because sometimes the show is being edited literally 2 minutes before airtime.)
Hi Melody, Just a little fan letter from me to you: I am a 23 year old woman, not-yet-college graduate, and huge fan of fresh air before I was ever on Twitter or Tumblr. These are the two social media avenues that I currently follow you/the show on. You do a beautiful job of managing these and you are (in my opinion) THE example of how to curate social media for a fan base and audience. I will be very sad to see you go, and want you to know how much I've enjoyed your talent!
Thanks. That’s really sweet. I have to say, I’ve really enjoyed working here and struggled with the decision to leave for the better part of a year. But it’ll be good. I’m excited to help train a new hire and get the ball rolling with someone else later this summer.
What's the most challenging part of working for fresh air?
The deadlines are sometimes tough. When we run two interviews and a review, I have to write both interviews for the web (anywhere from 800-1000 words each) write captions, headlines, etc. for each website and write/produce the show’s billboard — in about 3 hours. It’s not fun when there are 10 gajillion people asking for things. But I kind of feed off of that pace and end up mainly enjoying it, as weird as that sounds.
“I’ve got plates thrown at me, I’ve got scallop marks on my face that I’ve gotten thrown at me. But not for one second would I challenge the chef for that. In today’s age, that might sound crazy, but when you’re in that moment, you don’t challenge the chef. I considered myself very lucky to be picked to work in those kitchens.”—Top Chef Masters winner Marcus Samuelsson
“The narrative of a black chef didn’t exist. Black people have always cooked and been part of serving but not from a chef perspective. Not in these establishments — the three-star, highest establishments. So when they say ‘Marcus Samuelsson’ coming in — that’s a Swedish name, and then they saw me, it was a shock. I was not applying for the dishwashing job. I was applying for a chef job, so being able to, in a non-threatening way, and getting the job just like anybody else — they were just not used to it. They had just never seen it, ever.”—Marcus Samuelsson on Fresh Air.
I love learning about different topics and reading the books/articles we feature on the show. I feel like I’ve gone to graduate school five times over. And learning about so many topics — and researching and writing about them — has allowed me to hone in on exactly what I want to learn more about. (Also: free mugs. Never have to pay for another mug again. Ever.)