A Famous Interviewer Gets Interviewed

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"People think listening is easy. Listening is hard. It's easy to be distracted by a headache, or worries over a family member who's ill. You have to not allow yourself to be distracted." — NPR's Terry Gross [Seattle Times]

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I have never enjoyed Terry Gross's interview style. I have listened to many interviews where I was hoping for a follow-up to a great answer someone gave, but Terry seemed to be going from a pre-prepared script and didn't follow up on anything. To be a good interviewer, you need to listen to answers and respond to them sometimes, not just do a checklist.

I'm not impressed with Larry King, either. I can't think of one really great interviewer that is working today that I would go out of my way to listen to. I don't have TV, so I don't know anyone working in that medium, and again, Terry Gross is ok, but not my style.