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    Many artists use their own lives as a kind of case study to examine what it's like to be human.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: live  human  artist 
     
    I work in a medium where I get to be totally invisible and I get great pleasure from that, being a pretty self-conscious person.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: people  work  pleasure  media 
     
    I don't want to help a politician revise the truth.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: truth  help 
     
    I respect someone's right to privacy and I want them to know it.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: respect  right 
     
    There's so much kind of bureaucracy involved with the whole concept of net neutrality and like technical stuff.
    — Terry Gross
    I love songs. Songs are my favorite things.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: song 
     
    There should be a revenue stream that helps pay for the publication or for the work and helps pay the people who do it.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: people  work  help 
     
    I know that everyone who listens to radio creates you in a visual image that they need you to have. Whatever that is, I thought, let them have it. Let me be who the listener needs me to be and let me not contradict that with the reality of my photograph and risk disappointing them.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: reality  thoughts  risk 
     
    Anyone who agrees to be interviewed must decide where to draw the line between what is public and what is private. But the line can shift, depending on who is asking the questions. What puts someone on guard isn't necessarily the fear of being 'found out.' It sometimes is just the fear of being misunderstood.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: fear  questions 
     
    I learned that I never really know the true story of my guests' lives, that I have to content myself with knowing that when I'm interviewing somebody, I'm getting a combination of fact and truth and self-mythology and self-delusion and selective memory and faulty memory.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: truth  live  memory  true  knowing  facts  stories 
     
    Often real life is boring and problematic. I love the edited version of it.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: real 
     
    The excitement for me lies not so much in interviewing the hard-to-get famous person, but the person whom you are about to discover. You know, like maybe the character actors who are just coming into their own and you're realizing how great they are.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: character  people  lies 
     
    I think in particularly with young kids who don't have a lot of positive influences, pop culture almost becomes a larger part of that self-discovery and how you define yourself.
    — Terry Gross
    The [Bernie] Sanders campaign said you might be suppressing the vote by doing this 'cause people in those states might decide to stay home, that their vote doesn't count.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: people 
     
    I think the interview form works best on the radio. There are a lot of personality traits conveyed in a person's voice, the rhythm of their speech or how confident they sound.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: work  personality  speech 
     
    Most people I know that have work that is very meaningful to them pay the price of having to work all the time.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: time  people  work 
     
    Sometimes when I'm on the internet, I'll get this, like, which of these ad experiences would you prefer? And I'll have a choice of, like, a car, a pharmaceutical item or, you know, clothing. And I'm thinking, like, I don't want any of these. Do I have to choose?
    — Terry Gross
    I am literally smaller than life. I am an unextraordinary-looking person. I've seen people trying to hide their disappointment when they meet me, and I have to watch them get over it.
    — Terry Gross
    I've always been really curious about things and slightly confused by the world, and I think someone who feels that way is in a good position to be the one asking questions.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: world  questions 
     
    If you are interested in ideas, radio is way more pure than television. You're not distracted by somebody's nose or hair or posture. You can really see how someone thinks and penetrate to the essence of who that person is.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: people  ideas 
     
    I'm really interested in, who's booked the guests, who's decided to have Lena Dunham and to have the mothers of sons who were shot - sons and daughters who were shot by the police and, you know, the other performers, Paul Simon and Alicia Keys.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: key  mother  son  daughter 
     
    Google started as a free search engine. It's still free, but now it's making a lot of money on ads, right? A lot of money.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: money 
     
    [Hillary Clinton] is hinted a little bit about what his[Bill Clinton] role might be, but just a little bit.
    — Terry Gross
    When you're reading a newspaper and you're seeing ads on the page, it's not kind of invasive. Like, it's on the page next to the article. You can look at it or not. You can turn the page when you're ready. On the internet, the ads - many of the ads - just are so controlling. They insist that you see them.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: seeing  reading  internet 
     
    It bothers me when people, say, you know, write for, you know, a web publication and get paid little or nothing or, you know, expecting to, like, read the best newspapers in the world and not pay a cent for it. Those newspapers need money in order to operate.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: people  world  write  read  money 
     
    I really believe people should be paid for the work that they do.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: people  work  believe 
     
    So if Hillary [Clinton] is elected president, it will make history in two ways. She'll be the first woman president. And Bill Clinton, he'll be the first man and the first former president to return to the White House in the capacity of spouse.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: men  women  hell 
     
    Hillary [Clinton] has been very guarded with the press.
    — Terry Gross
    When we spoke, Gene Wilder had just written a memoir called "Kiss Me Like A Stranger." The title was suggested by his late wife Gilda Radner three weeks before she died in 1989.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: memoir  wife 
     
    It's been reported - in fact, The New York Times has reported that intelligence agencies have told the White House that they now have, quote, "high confidence" that the Russian government was behind the hack.
    — Terry Gross
    One of the things Donald Trump has criticized Hillary [Clinton] for is discrediting women who said they'd had affairs or been sexually harassed by her husband.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: women 
     
    I'm wondering if the Roger Ailes scandal in which more than 20 women have come forward accusing him of sexual harassment is going to affect that narrative that's directed against Hillary [Clinton] and her husband pertaining to his infidelities.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: women  sexual 
     
    Based on the number that they found, The New York Times reported that Hillary [Clinton] had basically clinched the primary 'cause you added the superdelegates to the number of delegates you'd already gotten. But this was on the eve of the California and New Jersey primary.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: time 
     
    Donald Trump's hair frankly. Sometimes you know you're going to get criticism, but you just have to take .
    — Terry Gross
    tags: criticism 
     
    A lot of the things that we think of as being racial differences are really class differences in America.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: america 
     
    An interesting difference between African-American humor and Jewish humor, in it's kind of basic or maybe most austere type form is, African-American humor, some of it comes out of playing the dozens in which you insult the other person or insult the other person's mother, and so much of Jewish humor is like, you're insulting yourself. It's totally self-deprecating.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: humor  people  mother  insult 
     
    That era in the late '80s through the '90s was really when the music was so new, fresh, energetic, but still creative. It hadn't quite gotten corporatized yet.
    — Terry Gross
    tags: music  creative 
     
    I'm first generation American, and my parents were both from Nigeria. And so I always say that I'm literally an African American. So my last name is Famuyiwa, it's different. And so that was a part of my experience from people not being able to pronounce it to not sort of having sort of a shared, common history with a lot of the kids that I was growing up with because my parents were from Africa.
    — Terry Gross
    Gene Wilder made his movie debut in "Bonnie And Clyde," starred in the Mel Brooks films "The Producers," "Young Frankenstein" and "Blazing Saddles," played opposite Richard Pryor in "Silver Streak" and "Stir Crazy" and portrayed the candy-maker in "Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory."
    — Terry Gross
    tags: movie  film 
     
    I think there's always an expectation when you're a first generation, especially a first-generation Nigerian, of sort of being a doctor or a lawyer or an engineer. And so, you know, sort of my initial pursuits into the arts and that I was going to pursue film as a career didn't confuse them, but it was definitely something that they were scared about.
    — Terry Gross
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