Posted by Orie Givens
on Sep 6, 2012 in Listening
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This interview with Chris Colfer discusses his experiences both on “Glee” and his recent movie “Struck By Lightning”. I think this interview is good in several ways, including the questioning and the way the arrangement of the audio. Although the interviewer (Guy Roz) does lead with info before the questions, the context is relevant since the audience may not be familiar with Colfer. The context also helps to transition between topics and keep the listener moving along. Most of the questions are open-ended, and even the ones which are not evoke good answers. Roz allows Colfer to answer, doesn’t interject or talk over him. Roz includes clips from Colfer’s work during the interview, and also conveys a strong understanding of his work and his experiences both professionally and personally. Unlike another NPR interview I listened to with Sasha Baron Cohen, Roz doesn’t interject too much of what he thinks the answer to Colfer’s questions will be; instead, he allows him to give the insight himself and answer the questions. In other words, he keeps Colfer as the focus of the interview at all times. It’s also very conversational in nature, it sounds natural and flows well. The interview followed an arc, although we don’t hear all of the questions it seems. It began with a light-heardted anecdote about Colfer in high school, then goes into details of his movie “Struck by lightning”. Next he transitions from “Struck by Lightning” to “Glee”, and then ends by asking questions about Colfer’s future. Roz mixes topical and deep questions covering issues from bulling to coming out and even the death of a classmate, all intertwined with conversation about Colfer’s work but evoking answers from Colfer’s personal life. ...