Posted by Dominique Lemoine Ulloa
on Sep 6, 2012 in Thoughts on Radio
| Comments Off on Dave Davies Interviews Biologist Thor Hanson
First of all, I have to say it took me a while to find a program that had an interview. All the live shows I listened to for about half an hour were either talk shows or just newscasts so I ended up listening to a September 4th episode of Fresh Air on NPR. The show was about Thor Hanson’s, a conservation biologist, new book on feathers and the evolution of feathered animals. The interviewee, the story and the science behind feathers were fascinating, and I think that overall Dave Davies, the host, offered a really good interview. He opened the show with an open-ended, “take me back to that moment” kind of question that, to me, was the perfect start for this kind of topic: “In the book, you describe an experience you had observing vultures, which kind of inspired you to look more into feathers. You want to tell us that story”? As soon as I heard that question I knew I was in for a treat. All -or almost all- the questions Davies asked not only managed to showcase Hanson’s passion for the subject matter but also lead the story step by step. Davies started by asking general questions and then moved to more complicated ones that, in a way, followed the chronology of Hanson’s research. The questions showed that Davies had read Hanson’s book and that he had a clear idea of how he wanted to conduct the interview so that the listeners understood the science behind feathers and, at the same time, felt like they were listening to a...