1. We got some very sad news yesterday.  Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Tony Auth died at the age of 72.  He had metastatic brain cancer.   He worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer for 41 years and was nationally syndicated.  He also illustrated children’s books.  For the last two years, he was our colleague here at WHYY, where he was our first Digital Artist-in-Residence, contributing cartoons, illustrations and animated videos for our Newsworks website.  His position at WHYY worked out well for Fresh Air.  Tony illustrated a talk that Terry gave with animations that accompanied the interview excerpts she played.  Terry says, “It was a privilege to work with him and see a bit of his creative process.”

    Today we played an excerpt of an interview we did with Tony back in 1988, after the publication of his collection of editorial cartoons called  Lost in Space: The Reagan Years.  He told us that in looking back on the Reagan era, he believed that Reagan’s attack on domestic social programs marked a turning point for many political cartoonists.

    See a slideshow of some of Auth’s work here.

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  1. We’ve all seen optical illusions, but have you ever heard an audio illusion? Our friends at WHYY’s The Pulse found something that might blow your mind.

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  1. Check out WHYY's coverage of the Oscar Nominated films (Fresh Air interviews on second half of the page) including Emma Thompson, Joaquin Phoenix, Bruce Dern, Alexander Payne (Dir. Nebraska), the Coen Brothers (Dir. Inside Llewyn Davis), Robert Redford and David O. Russell (Dir. American Hustle).

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  1. 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. 

Meet Joyce:
"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."  View in High-Res

    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.

    Meet Joyce:

    "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."
     

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  1. Here jazz pianist Jimmy Amadie's trio plays, “There Is No Greater Love” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Today on Fresh Air we remember the life and career of Amadie, who died last week:

    For decades, Jimmy Amadie played only in his home, heard only heard by his students when he’d play for them during lessons. His performing career was derailed because of severe hand problems. But later in life he achieved some fame for his albums — and for the story of what he had to overcome to make it possible for him to record. Amadie died on December 10 at the age of 76, of lung cancer.

    Amadie became an educator after he was forced to stop playing. He wrote two instructional text books: one on the harmonic foundation of jazz, another on jazz improvisation. The story of how he was finally able to record several albums, and even perform one concert before he died, involves Fresh Air's executive producer Danny Miller, who studied piano with him in the ’70s and ’80s. They remained good friends. Miller joined host Terry Gross to speak about Jimmy Amadie’s life and career.

    you can watch the full On Canvas (WHYY) performance here

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  1. Not another &#@*$! pledge drive!!

    We’re almost done with our fall pledge drive here at WHYY Philadelphia. We’re so close!  Here’s a great video from WNYC… this dog looks amazing in headphones, check it out. 

    Are you a member of your local station?

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  1. Spend an afternoon with Fresh Air!

Join WHYY and Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning host of WHYY’s Fresh Air for Off Air with Fresh Air on Saturday, November 16th at West Chester University’s Asplundh Concert Hall in West Chester, PA.
 During Off Air with Fresh Air, Terry will share some of her adventures hosting Fresh Air, and will play clips of interviews in which things didn’t go as she expected, and/or had surprising consequences. After her talk you can put Terry in the hot seat with a Q and A session.

Tickets and information are here, including VIP tickets for a special reception. View in High-Res

    Spend an afternoon with Fresh Air!

    Join WHYY and Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning host of WHYY’s Fresh Air for Off Air with Fresh Air on Saturday, November 16th at West Chester University’s Asplundh Concert Hall in West Chester, PA.


    During Off Air with Fresh Air, Terry will share some of her adventures hosting Fresh Air, and will play clips of interviews in which things didn’t go as she expected, and/or had surprising consequences. After her talk you can put Terry in the hot seat with a Q and A session.

    Tickets and information are here, including VIP tickets for a special reception.

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  1. Behind the scenes at Fresh Air. View in High-Res

    Behind the scenes at Fresh Air.

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  1. Just thought we’d let you know that, starting tonight, our mothership, WHYY, is airing a series on the "Pioneers of Television." First episode up: Funny Ladies. It’ll feature Mindy Kaling, Cloris Leachman, Tina Fey, Joan Rivers, Susie Essman, Amy Sedaris, Sarah Silverman, Bea Arthur, Phyllis Diller and Betty White. Oh yes. Good stuff.

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  1. Earlier today, something strange happened. We noticed a long line of Potty Queen portable restrooms parked in front of WHYY and the Fresh Air studio.

    It turns out, that there were 80 stalled porta-potties stretching for an entire city block. The truck drivers were waiting for orders on where to deliver the porta-potties.

    They have since departed - hopefully for their intended destinations.

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  1. Happiness schmappiness.I think the pursuit of it, and our focus on it, is narcissistic. I don’t think that should be the goal in life. I think the goal in life is to have a good life — rich, fulfilled, filled with love — and have a sense that you are doing something to make the world a better place — and then happiness is a byproduct of a life well lived.

    — Psychologist Dan Gottlieb.

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  1. This is currently being projected on the floor at my office. It’s like a bat signal for public radio. [obligatory Sesame Street related video] View in High-Res

    This is currently being projected on the floor at my office. It’s like a bat signal for public radio. [obligatory Sesame Street related video]

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  1. If you live in the Philly area and you’re a member of WHYY, you can come see Terry share some of her favorite Fresh Air moments on February 23. Ticket info here.

    If you live in the Philly area and you’re a member of WHYY, you can come see Terry share some of her favorite Fresh Air moments on February 23. Ticket info here.

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  1. Why Tumblr?

    burkean answered: I echo Scott’s sentiments. It’s awesome to have you all on Tumblr. Q: What made you pick Tumblr as a suitable platform?

    I have a personal Tumblr. My friends also use Tumblr. And the show didn’t really have a space for material not directly tied to a broadcast (like background information or a cool video we found or a factoid that doesn’t fit on our regular website.) I also like how easy it is to post and hope to get a few more of the staffers posting because it’s so easy.

    -Mel

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  1. (One more…) Hector in our studio for his interview earlier this week. (Hector was one of the dogs rescued from Michael Vick’s compound and will be the subject of our show on Monday.) View in High-Res

    (One more…) Hector in our studio for his interview earlier this week. (Hector was one of the dogs rescued from Michael Vick’s compound and will be the subject of our show on Monday.)

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    is this thing on?