Did you catch the Colbert Report last night? There was a steamy appearance by our lady, Terry Gross. (It starts around 3 min into the episode)
Stephen and Terry have talked many times, but here’s the latest one.
Related: On the Media tackles the difference between NPR and public radio
FYI: Fresh Air is produced at public radio station WHYY (Philadelphia) and distributed by NPR.
This fantastic and moving tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman by Caleb Slain features over 40 of Hoffman’s films.
At 17:22 the video uses a clip from a 2010 interview with Ross Reynolds of NPR affiliate KUOW in which Hoffman says:
People need each other and that actual interaction or relationship or friendship or romantic love affair, all the different ways relationships take form—is one of the hardest things we do in our lives. It’s one of the biggest risks we’ll take in our lives… If you say ‘yes’ to someone, ‘I will,’ [you] are also saying, ‘I will be hurt by you.’ Because you can’t have relationships if you’re not willing to be disappointed and hurt by that person. It’s almost impossible. And you have to be able to enter the world and realize that the richness of life is all the good and joy and thrill of it, but also all the disappointment, hurt, and heartache of it—and that all of that is what’s great.
Hoffman spoke to Terry in 1999 and 2008. We play parts of both interviews in our tribute to him.
*Quote transcribed as it was said in the interview, not as in the tribute
One thing you might not know about Fresh Air is that many of our team members have been with the show since the beginning—or practically the beginning, over 30 years ago. One of our engineers, Joyce Lieberman, is one of those people.
"I began working with Terry Gross several years after she started doing her show at WHYY when it was a three-hour, local, live program. I engineered many of them. In 1987 Fresh Air went national on NPR as a live, one-hour, popular culture show. I was selected to be the primary engineer driving the program.
To get ready for a national stage Danny Miller, the Executive Producer, and I went to NPR to get ideas for production, directing and engineering. Then I worked with other engineers to build the room, select the equipment and install everything. Now I am the Radio Engineering Supervisor for WHYY-FM in Philadelphia. I take care of lots of the equipment and systems and drive the show if needed.
In this photo I’m at the Amek Angela console in the Fresh Air Control Room in 1990. We moved into a new building in 2000 so the Fresh Air Control Room is different now.”
How she got started:
"I was a volunteer at WHYY when there were mostly volunteers doing programs. I joined a group at WUHY, which is what WHYY was called then, called Radio Free Women. Then I decided to get some engineer training. I went to Philadelphia Wireless Technical Institute, and then the station got a Minority Training Grant from the Corporation For Public Broadcasting to hire a woman in TV and Radio. I got the job and was trained in every job at the station. I was asked to join the staff after the year and a half training was over."
Thanks for the shout-out, Portlandia!
We’d totally go to a Prairie Home Companion tailgating party.
Have you heard our interview with Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen, the creators and stars of Portlandia?
Fresh Air Weekend of 1/25/14
Joaquin Phoenix and Jessica Lamb-Shapiro
Check your local listings: www.npr.org/stations/
Today we had a technical crash minutes before we went live. Good thing we’ve got an amazing crew!
"Hats off to the control room crew - Roberta (right), Audrey and Joyce - who did a phenomenal job today, dealing with a massive technical crash which revealed itself right before we went on the air. And thanks to Joyce and Audrey who will be chasing down the problem, apprehending it, and telling it very sternly not to mess with us again.
We’ll leave out the details—sometimes it’s better not to know how even a really great sausage is made. But it was a doozy.”
-Executive Producer Danny Miller
Public radio dorks taking a photo break.
Let’s focus on one thing we can all agree on: Everybody’s gotta dance.
Watch NPR’s David Greene tear it up like Hugh Grant in Love Actually.
Nelson Mandela 1918-2013
As a tribute to Nelson Mandela, NPR has compiled music that captures his legacy:
Don’t walk behind me; I may not lead. Don’t walk in front of me; I may not follow. Just walk beside me and be my friend.
100 years after the birth of French writer-philospher Albert Camus, we remember his complicated legacy:
NPR’s Morning Edition looks at Camus’ background as a “pieds-noirs” growing up in Algeria and how it influenced his work.
From 1941 to 1943, J.D. Salinger wrote to an aspiring writer in Toronto named Marjorie Sheard.
Listen to this moving story about a “coquettish” correspondence between a young aspiring writer and one of the world’s best known authors.