Hiiii Hart Beat! Long time no write! To break the internet silence I want to share some interviews that I have been LOVING from one of my favorite radio shows, Fresh Air. For those of you not familiar, Fresh Air is a NPR hour long radio program in which Terry Gross, one of my favorite people on this earth, discusses and interviews contemporary writers, actors, musicians, directors, poets, and artists on new projects that they are working on. If there’s a new book or movie out then no doubt Terry Gross is interviewing that person.
The show comes on at 2pm every Monday through Thursday on WNYC and it is something I look forward to every day (or every night on my commute if I missed the radio edition). Here are my most favorite interviews as of late that I think you all will love as much as I did.
Keith Richards: The “Fresh Air” Interview
The guitarist for the Rolling Stones has a new solo album, Crosseyed Heart. Richards is also the subject of the new Netflix documentary, Under the Influence. Originally broadcast Oct. 25, 2010.
Lutheran Minister Preaches A Gospel of Love, Junkies, Drag Queens And Outsiders
Nadia Bolz-Weber was a stand-up-comic with a drinking problem who opened up a church for people who didn’t belong. “My job is to… remind people that they’re absolutely loved,” she says. Her new memoir is Accidental Saints.
Jon Steward On His Daily Show Run: “It So Far Exceeded My Expectations”
Fresh Air pays tribute to Stewart’s tenure on The Daily Show with pieces from four different interviews since 2000, including a 2006 conversation with former Daily Show executive producer Ben Karlin, which you can listen to in the audio link above.
Author Explores the “Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins”
In her book, Voices in the Ocean, Susan Casey describes the world of dolphins and addresses the myth that dolphins have healing powers. She also details the threats the animals face from man-made sounds in the ocean.
Mary Karr On Writing Memoirs: “No Doubt I’ve Gotten A Million Things Wrong”
In her new book, The Art of Memoir, Karr reflects on the process of recounting personal stories and writing about loved ones without betraying them. When it comes to the latter, she says that, with a few exceptions, she doesn’t spend time writing about despicable people. “When there’s a jerk in the book, it’s usually me,” she says. “I’m the one I’m wrestling with.”
And because I can’t resist, a few others that I loved:
Oliver Sacks: A Neurologist at the “Intersection of Fact and Fable”
Reflecting On Football and Addiction As “Friday Night Lights” Turns 25
A Hollywood Animal Trainer’s Secrets for Getting Dogs to Act On Cue
Both photos of Keith Richards and Oliver Sacks via Fresh Air.