Terry Gross: 25 Years Fresh

| August 15, 2000

Terry Gross: 25 Years Fresh, William Speed Weed, Mother Jones
Like many of my fellow Gen-Xers, I was weaned on National Public Radio. NPR was a constant companion as my parents drove me to and from school. One of my favorite programs, then and now, was Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Her thoughtful interviews with authors, artists, musicians, and other culture-makers never ceases to fascinate. In a recent interview with William Speed Weed in Mother Jones magazine, Gross looks back at the 25 years since she got her start: 'I was 23 and looking much younger than that. Everybody I interviewed seemed so much older and wiser, and my approach was based on, 'Hey, I'm almost still a kid; share your wisdom, tell us what you know.' I had this curiosity about absolutely everything. . . . And then, after you've [interviewed] 200 authors of coming-of-age memoirs, your absolute curiosity about what it's like for somebody to survive that first part of life intact has subsided a bit. So I'm trying to get deeper, to find out things that weren't obvious before. That's what keeps the process fresh.' --LU Go there>>