March 25, 2010
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Anna Christopher, NPR


   

NPR ON LOCATION PRESENTS
"ALL I DID WAS ASK: TERRY GROSS ON LIFE BEHIND THE MIC"

THURSDAY, JUNE 17 AT 7PM AT TOWN HALL
TICKETS ON SALE TODAY!

March 25, 2010; Washington, D.C. – The roster of notable names interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air from WHYY is unrivaled: former presidents, Oscar-winning actors, renowned journalists, authors and writers, millionaire moguls and – ahem – colorful musicians (we mean you, Gene Simmons). Hear the stories behind those heard on-air when NPR On Location Presents "All I Did Was Ask: Terry Gross on Life Behind the Mic" at The Town Hall, Thursday, June 17 at 7PM. The event is being presented and produced by NPR in partnership with WNYC in New York, and WHYY in Philadelphia, where Fresh Air is produced. WNYC's Brian Lehrer will participate.

Tickets for this one-night engagement go on sale today, Thursday, March 25 at NOON. Reserved seats (priced from $40-$50) will be available for purchase through TicketMaster, and three weeks prior to the event at The Town Hall box office (123 West 43rd Street).

During "All I Did Was Ask," Gross will reflect on the good, the bad and the funny from among the thousands of interviews she’s conducted in her more than 30 years hosting Fresh Air. The evening will include excerpts from conversations that went well, and others that didn't, including a couple of infamous ones that ended prematurely when a guest walked out. Gross will also do something she never does on-air – talk a bit about her own life and career, including how being fired from a job as a junior high school teacher led her to public radio. At the conclusion of the program, the audience will have a chance to give Gross a taste of her own medicine, and ask her questions. WNYC's Brian Lehrer will moderate this Q&A session.

As the host of Fresh Air, NPR's Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, Terry Gross' interviews are heard by more than 4.5 million people on nearly 530 public radio stations nationwide (including weekdays at 3PM on WNYC 93.9 FM and 8PM on WNYC AM 820). Her guests have included politicians, world leaders and journalists and many of the most celebrated artists, writers, actors and musicians of our time, such as Philip Roth, James Brown, Tina Fey, George Clooney, Patti Smith and Johnny Cash. Gross is known for her thoughtful, probing interview style. She isn't afraid to ask tough questions – but sets an atmosphere in which her guests volunteer the answers rather than surrender them. To access the show and archives, and subscribe to the Fresh Air podcast, visit: www.npr.org/freshair.

NPR hosts occasional conversations and performances at stages across the country. It is an award-winning, multimedia news organization and an influential force in American life. In collaboration with more than 880 independent public radio stations nationwide, NPR strives to create a more informed public – one challenged and invigorated by a deeper understanding and appreciation of events, ideas and cultures.