All I Did Was Ask by Terry Gross
Conversations with Writers, Actors Musicians, and Artists

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"I'm Terry Gross and this is Fresh Air . . ."

Now available in paperback--a selection of revealing interviews from the award-winning National Public Radio show

Originating from WHYY-FM in Philadelphia and heard on more than 450 NPR stations, Fresh Air with Terry Gross has become a daily habit with millions of listeners nationwide--a must for anyone hoping to keep up with what's happening in the arts. Over the last twenty years, Terry's guests have included our most significant writers, actors, musicians, comics, and visual artists.

For her first collection, Terry has chosen more than three dozen timeless interviews that prove to be as lively on the page as they were on the radio. Her questions--probing yet sensitive--encourage revelations from figures as diverse as John Updike, Isabella Rossellini, Conan OBrien, Samuel L. Jackson, Johnny Cash, and Nicolas Cage. And in her introduction, the generally self-effacing host of Fresh Air does something she wouldnt dream of doing on the air--she reveals a thing or two about herself.

About Terry Gross

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Fresh Air" with TERRY GROSS, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Terry Gross started out in public radio in 1973, at WBFO in Buffalo. Soon after she became producer and host of Fresh Air, then a live, daily show broadcast locally, at WHYY in 1975. "Fresh Air" premiered nationally in its current hour-long version in 1987, designed as the lead in to the program "All Things Considered. A recipient of the 2003 Edward R. Murrow award, Terry Gross has been called by the "L.A. Times" "One of the most thought-provoking interviewers working in the media today.
Published September 1, 2004 by Hachette Books. 384 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography, Political & Social Sciences. Non-fiction

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Gross has been hosting her daily, hour-long NPR interview show for 30 years, and in that time countless cultural icons have submitted to her polite but relentless questioning.

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Conducting a good interview requires exhaustive research, good timing, the ability to steer the interview back on course when it meanders, a knack for close listening and thinking about the next qu

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The two notable exceptions are her interviews with cable opinion-slinger Bill O'Reilly and Kiss front man Gene Simmons, whose pugnacity and sexism, respectively, unseat the usually collected host and challenge her to summon interview skills she rarely exercises.

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Terry Gross first began interviewing celebrities in the arts world on National Public Radio station WHYY in Philadelphia in 1975.

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