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Getting Accepted, Then Rejected, from Fresh Air

Interesting reflections from Martha Bayne, whose amazing piece Knocked Over landed her a spot on Terri Gross’s Fresh Air…before the interview went disastrously and had to be pulled:

[O]ne key thing that I forgot is that to a large degree, these interviews function as a stand-in for the story itself. So you’re being asked to re-tell the story you already told on paper, for those who don’t know it, rather than have a conversation that builds on the existing information. I remember subconsciously chafing against this at the time, thinking, Why is she asking me these dumb questions? But I blame myself completely for that part.