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New Contest Backstory. Starring Terry Gross

New Contest Backstory

New Contest Backstory. Sometimes disruptive experiences can help you to create something. Especially if you don’t stop to ask for permission.

New Contest Backstory. Just in case you’re curious how I come up with the ideas for contests at this blog.

Sometimes my inspiration can be strange. So far, none has been more annoying — or, in retrospect, funnier — than this.

First of all, it wasn’t enough for me to research the auras of several stars from “Crazy Rich Asians” — Constance Wu, Michelle Yeogh, and Henry Golding.

Still fascinated by that movie, I listened to an interview with author Kevin KwanTerry Gross was the interviewer.

Well, Blog-Buddies, it hit me like a splashy water balloon going splat on the pavement. (Like a water balloon flung out the window, falling five stories. And then making a most satisfying splwoosh on the pavement.)

After all these years listening to “The Queen of Talk Radio,” I’m so curious about her.

If I could do aura reading. Or face reading. Or a Skilled Empath Merge… What would I most like to know about the baffling Terry Gross?

New Contest Backstory. My Top Questions

#1. When she interviews a guest, her own questions are brilliant. What helps Terry Gross to ask such interesting questions?

#2. Spontaneity is part of the allure of these interviews. Leading me to wonder: How does spontaneity show up in her aura? (Because there’s got to be something gorgeous going on.)

#3.  Icky question alert. Often she chooses to topics and guests that I find absolutely disgusting. What the heck about her explains that?

How could Gross give a dream interview to Kevin Kwan — perceptive, kind, thoughtful, considerate, and thoroughly delightful… And then give a hideous broadcast that I wish I could rip right out of my Storehouse of Impressions. How, how, how?

Case in point, an interview with Maggie Gyllenhaal that I absolutely don’t recommend. So why did I listen? Mostly because I was driving home and thought I might enjoy the interview. Partly because I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. To my taste, beyond revolting. Definitely not what I expected to hear on National Public Radio.

New Contest Backstory. Some of the Gory Details

Gory details follow about that interview, details which you’re welcome to skip, Blog-Buddies. Unless you’re into discovering the outrageous state of National Public Radio in America in 2018.

Even then, I’ll summarize, because this is just the weirdest example I’ve heard yet. Granted, other shows I simply turned off before that talk totally grossed me out. In retrospect, this NPR broadcast strikes me as funny. (Although still terribly wrong.)

If only Terry had introduced the show like this, “Most of this interview celebrates breakthroughs in pornography. And both I and my guest are soooo proud of her showing the audience this extra-special porn.”

Instead, Terry introduced the interview with the highest artistic fanfare. Lavishly praising her guest, Maggie, who had completed just her second season on “The Deuce,” broadcast over (mainstream) HBO cable TV. Here’s a link to her “great artistic achievement.” More details I’ll spare you….

More New Contest Backstory? Sure. How about This?

Next the acclaimed broadcaster discussed a movie role where Gyllenhaal played an exceptionally interesting performance as a kindergarten teacher. Hey, I’ve known some kindy teachers, brilliant ones. I’d go see a flick about them.

Except, wait! The point of this kindergarten teacher’s story was her interesting crack-up. Supposedly this was an “important” film for women. Because it showed the horrible things that can happen to “a woman who isn’t allowed to express her creativity.”

Hello! IMO, every one of us can express our creativity every day.

Could be, one of the secrets for using creativity is just do it. Don’t ask for permission!

All This Made Me Curious

Because here’s the peculiar part. Maybe 1 out of 4 Terry Gross interviews is disgusting, although ever approaching the yuck factor of this particular interview (to my taste, anyway). Mostly her broadcasts are just terrific.

So I began to wonder, how can somebody ask such perceptive questions on one broadcast?  So insightful! Never gossipy! And sometimes even inspiring!

Except later, with zero warning, Gross will slide into triumphant dissection of the ickiest human behavior.

After listening to that particular broadcast, I didn’t just feel as though my mind needed a wash. Rather, I needed to plunge my car into a car wash. And keep the windows open so that maybe I would also get drenched.

Since then, back home, I’ve known how to better cleanup than that. I used a tow truck and took myself to Niagara Falls.

Nah, not that fancy. I just removed Negative Thought Forms from myself and my car. Next order of business was cutting my Cord of Attachment to Gyllenhaal. And another day I facilitated cutting my Cord of Attachment to Gross. Whew!

Three different procedures. Each one successful. Moving out STUFF, through self-healing skills of RES Energy HEALING. Only geesh! That was a lot of time spent just because I meant to hear some intelligent chit-chat while driving home.

New Contest Backstory. There You Have It

Most of it, anyway.

Because sometimes surprises and annoyances can make us think. (As recently discussed in the comments over at THIS blog post.)

So that’s how I came up with the contest idea. I’ll be sharing details about how to enter with you soon in a blog post. This is Part One of a two-parter. Hint: You’ll be able to nominate people about whom you have curiosity questions. They won’t have to be interviewers at all!

Meanwhile, maybe some of you Blog-Buddies might wish to share:

Have you ever seen or heard an interview that stayed with you for days? Why? And what did you learn?

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    Kylie says:

    Very interesting contest, Rose.

    I have never listened to Terry Gross, being allergic to talk radio in general, but I’m fascinated to hear why her interviews range from brilliant to revolting.

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    Mel says:

    An interview that stayed with me for days was one with Harry Lorayne, author of foundational books on how to memorize.

    His story was so inspiring, the way he went from being a poor student who thought he was stupid, to realizing that learning was memorizing. He turned his academic experience around. I learned that so much is possible with a growth mindset.

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    Emily Turner says:

    I don’t remember a particular interview that stayed with me (I read/watch a lot!) but I found it really interesting to hear what was behind the next contest!

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    Leo says:

    I like Teri Gross quite a lot! She comes of to me as extremely invested in the interviewees, mining for nuggets, sometimes dancing the tango to gracefully unravel the story and sometimes engaging in a soft pugilism to push the interview forward.

    I will try to come out with someone to nominate, as no one is jumping to mind right now, although I have listened to many engaging interviews over the years.

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    Thanks for your comments here, KYLIE, MEL, EMILY TURNER, and LEO.

    About that Comment #5, nominating will be a lot easier than you might think. LEO, you inspired me to add a pullout quote toward the end of the post, clarifying that a follow-up post will explain how to enter the contest. It’s not going to be about broadcasters but about “curiosity questions.” I’m aiming for tomorrow to give you that Part Two.

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    Leo says:

    I will check back in tomorrow then.

    Looping back around in my previous point, whether that ends up being the contest or not, here’s an interview, or rather a piece of radio journalism, that really stuck with me:

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    Leo says:

    “A story about someone who’s desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American. Abdi is a Somali refugee living in Kenya and gets the luckiest break of his life: he wins a lottery that puts him on a short list for a U.S. visa. This is his ticket out. But before he can cash in his golden ticket, the police start raiding his neighborhood, targeting refugees.”

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    Fascinating, LEO. And yet you’ve left out the most fascinating detail of all:

    Why did it stick with you?

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    And here’s an open invitation to all you Blog-Buddies. If you’ve read LEO’s Comment #8, maybe even clicked on the link he supplied, what seems sticky to you about this tale?

    Do tell.

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    Graham says:

    That tale in comment #8 definitely struck me as very interesting! It sounds like the script for a movie – very dramatic, high stakes, twists and turns, astonishing coincidences. To think that it is a true story!

    It is also striking because of how topical it is: refugees/escape to the West for a better life/ authorities persecuting minorities.

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    Agreed, GRAHAM. And yet that’s not the part that strikes me. (So many points of interest are possible.)

    To me, it’s a story of free will. Abdi was doing everything that he could to move to the U.S. No doubt, a sustained effort preceded his “lucky break.”

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    When this lucky break was followed by an unlucky break, what would he do?

    Would Abdi continue to look for ways out? Would he boldly and creatively think about other ways that might allow him to leave Kenya in pursuit of a better life? Or would he apply that powerful free will to helping himself? Maybe also helping others who were refugees there, like him?

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    Seems to me, stories of free will are much more interesting than tales that involve luck or being a victim to political problems.

    Abdi’s story of seeking a better life need not end because of a setback. And I’m not writing this smugly as a privileged, white, American woman. As you can read in my memoir, “Bigger than All the Night Sky,” both my grandfathers were refugees with harsh free will tales to tell.

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    And even for those of us whose path of personal development does not involve a struggle for physical survival, each of us makes free will choices daily. Significant ones. About how we’ll spend our time. Spend our money. Affiliate or choose independence. Actively set goals or “just wait and see.”

    Sure, all of us are not placed in the midst of external drama like Abdi’s. But each one of us has a dramatic tale, with free will choices to make… as part of the sacred and unique path of this incarnation. So that’s the sticky part of the story for me. Who else wishes to share?

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    And yes, today I made live the actual official contest.

    What fun to have a contest starring your Curiosity Questions. And a contest where every contest entrant can learn what can — and can’t — be learned by using RES skills for Deeper Perception.

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