Posted by ilie mitaru
on Sep 6, 2012 in Listening
| Comments Off on Terry Gross interviews Mickey Edwards
I chose Terry Gross because I’ve been listening to her for years, and wanted to take a more critical approach on her interviews in light of last week’s discussion. Gross interviewed former congressmen and non-partisan advocate Mickey Edwards on his new book, “The Parties Versus the People”. Edwards is the cofounder of the No Label and the Aspen Institute. Here is the interview. In list format (I hope that’s okay), I’ve noted what stood out to me throughout the 20 minute interview. Introduction. Gross gives a very thorough introduction, but when I glanced at the time it was less than ten seconds. Still, I felt as if i had a good understanding of who the guest was, and why the interview was important to listen to. Her openning question asks the guest to broadly restate the thesis of his book. To get the audience all on the same page. It’s simple but I found that it worked really well. Style. Gross can say things that are complimentary but it doesn’t sound like she’s trying to ingratiate herself to the guest. It’s matter of factly, without being cold. This is something I’ve noticed about myself when I’m interviewing, I tend to either put on the I’m-a-journalist-and-don’t-take-any-shit facade, or I’m super chummy. I’m trying to find that middle ground. Questions. Again, my impression is that her questions are loaded with information, but when I listened carefully they rarely exceeded a few sentences. Even when Gross reffers to the guest’s work, which she does often, or another outside source, she sums it up in only a few sentences. Gross lets her guest speak. Granted, this is a 20 minute interview, and is not being broadcast live. But throughout the entire aired 20 minutes, I did not once hear her trying to make her point or interject before the guest was completely done speaking. ...