Choose Your Words Carefully

Sixth in a series of seven blog posts on interviewing techniques to draw out people’s most authentic stories. Even the smallest words you choose in your questions can make all the difference to whether your interviewee opens up to you or snaps shut like a clam. This...

Ask All the Challenging Questions

Fifth in a series of seven blog posts on interviewing techniques to draw out people’s most authentic stories. [When a guest is hesitant], I say, hey, our listeners will like you more, will identify with you more, and I promise will be moved by what you say if you can...

Ask All the Dumb Questions

Fourth in a series of seven blog posts on interviewing techniques to draw out people’s most authentic stories. Maybe you are concerned that if you interview your father, he will be shocked or offended that you know so little about his story. Maybe he will leave out...

Interviewing Family Can Be Awkward

Third in a series of seven blog posts on interviewing techniques to draw out people’s most authentic stories. It can be hard to interview members of your own family. If I interviewed my sister I might feel she was mocking me – she always teases me! My brother is a man...

Lessons in Sexual Assault

Around the same time Christine Ford (now Dr. Christine Blasey Ford) recalls being in a room with two drunken teenage boys, one of whom pinned her to a bed and put his hand over her mouth to silence her while he tried to remove some of her clothes, I was sitting in a...