Every day, every week for the past 17 years, Terry Gross has been a presence on the nation’s public radio airwaves. Her distinctive voice elicits the innermost secrets, existential thoughts, and old fashioned fun from scientists, musicians, politicians, painters, actors and artists. As host of “Fresh Air,” Gross offers a respite from the frenetic radio world of the shout and the sound bite.
Terry admits that for someone with such a profile, she’s actually quite shy. She rarely interviews her guests face to face. She prefers to have them in separate studios, saying that she’s then just like the rest of us, listening and relying on the power of the human voice. It’s just one of the many tools she uses to make her interviews so memorable.
Terry Gross, host of “Fresh Air” and author of “All I Did Was Ask”