May 16, 2011
Anna Christopher, NPR




The roster of notable names interviewed by Terry Gross on NPR's Fresh Air 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 these and other broadcasts during "This Is NPR…An Evening with Terry Gross" on Thursday, June 9 at 7:30PM at the historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW in Washington, D.C. The event is one of several in celebration of NPR's 40th anniversary. Michel Martin, host of the NPR news and talk program Tell Me More, and WAMU's Diane Rehm and will also participate.

Tickets for this one-night engagement are on sale now. Seating is general admission. Tickets are $40 (a dollar for each year NPR has been on the air), and will be available for purchase through TicketMaster and three weeks prior to the event at the Lincoln Theatre box office.

During the event, 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 turn the tables on Terry and ask her questions. Michel Martin, the host of NPR's Tell Me More, will moderate this Q&A.

As the host of Fresh Air, NPR's Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, Terry Gross is heard by more than 4.5 million people on nearly 530 public radio stations nationwide (including weekdays at 3PM on WAMU 88.5FM). Her guests have included world leaders, authors, scientists, investigative journalists and the most celebrated artists, writers, actors and musicians of our time, such as Philip Roth, Jay-Z, Tina Fey, George Clooney, Allen Ginsberg, Julia Child, 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:

NPR hosts occasional conversations and performances at stages across the country. NPR is an award-winning, multimedia news organization and an influential force in American life. In collaboration with more than 910 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.

WHO: Terry Gross, host of Fresh Air with WAMU's Diane Rehm and NPR's Michel Martin
WHAT: This Is NPR...An Evening with Terry Gross
WHEN: Thursday, June 9, 7:30PM (ET)
WHERE: The Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW, Washington DC 20009
TICKETS: $40 general admission. Purchase at or at the Lincoln Theatre Box Office, tel: 202.328.6000