Fresh Air

David Remnick on Fresh Air

David Remnick Looks Back On Tough Decisions As ‘The New Yorker’ Turns 90

Terry Gross interviews David Remnick, the editor of The New Yorker. I love Fresh Air. I love The New Yorker. Remnick is a brilliant editor and a pleasure to listen to.

I listened to this live a week ago and just listened again via the Fresh Air podcast while I was having my truck worked on and it was just as good on second listen.

Rachel Maddow: The Fresh Air Interview

Rachel Maddow: The Fresh Air Interview

Two of the best interviewers around: Terry Gross interviews Rachel Maddow. This is an incredible interview and no matter what your politics you should give it a listen. As many know, Maddow was a Rhodes Scholar, has a PhD in political science, and is a brilliant thinker and explainer, but the interview goes further in uncovering her thinking which is less partisan than many on the right think. Her discussion of getting Roger Ailes to comment on her new Book Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power is fascinating.

Anatomy of a skyscraper

Terry Gross (Fresh Air) recently interviewed Kate Ascher on the topic of How The World’s Tallest Skyscrapers Work. Fascinating stuff. Kate’s book The Heights looks good.

What struck me in this interview is that the world’s tallest building (at the moment), The Burj Khalifa, built in Dubai is a very modern building built in a city with no city wide sewage system (yet). Because of this waste from this huge building has to be trucked away constantly and the trucks wait in lines to dump their waste into a sewage treatment plant for as much as 24 hours. Kate mentions in this piece that in many ways a city sewage system is a bigger challenge to build than a skyscraper. As an American, this strikes me as amazing because even though I live in a rural place where we have our own well and septic system I take for granted that cities and towns have services like these built in from the start. But, what we as Americans might call a natural evolution of a city or an infrastructure gets turned on its head with things like the internet and cellular phone systems which allow everyone in a developing country to have a cell phone or even a smart phone long before there is a land line infrastructure.

Terry Gross interviews Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva

Two War Photographers On Their Injuries, Ethics

Fresh Air: Terry Gross interviews Greg Marinovich and Joao Silva, both seriously injured on assignment as combat photographers.

This was a fascinating interview and an excellent update on Joao Silva who we’ve been following here since his injury.