Fresh Air

“I’ve always admired how well [Terry Gross] imagines herself into the mind of the person she’s interviewing. Like she once asked the magician Ricky Jay something like ‘Is there ever a trick where the behind-the-scenes stuff – the secret stuff we don’t see – is actually more interesting than what we DO see?’ Inventing a question like that is such a pure imaginative act of empathy. She does it all the time. She asked my cousin Philip Glass, memorably, ‘Do you ever try to write music that doesn’t sound like Philip Glass music?’ The greatest question he’s ever been asked in an interview. ‘Yes!’ he responded, excited by the question. ‘And every time I fail.’” -Ira Glass

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