Conducting interviews with ‘The Daily’


2. What do you think is the purpose of this podcast? Who could be his audience?

3. What do you notice in Mr. Barbaro’s interviews? How does he both guide conversations and allow his subjects to freely share their thoughts? What makes her style effective or attractive?

4. What types of questions does Mr. Barbaro ask? What questions did you find most effective? What kind of preparation do you imagine Mr. Barbaro doing for each person interviewed and each episode?

5. How does “The Daily” use sound to tell a story? How do audio elements enhance the listeners’ experience? What is the difference between listening to and reading a report on the same subject? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

6. What other “moves” has the podcast host or producers made that you admire? What skills or techniques would you like to use in your own interviews?

Option 1: Conduct your own interview

Now it’s your turn: using “The Daily” as a mentor text, conduct an interview with someone whose opinions, experiences, or life you’d like to know more about. You can conduct your interview in person, over the phone, or via video chat, but it should be at least 10 minutes long.

1. First, learn more about your topic and the interviewee – prepare and do your research.

2. Write a series of at least 10 questions and rank them. Remember, your interview questions don’t have to be long or complicated. Mr. Barbaro often asks simple, straightforward and open-ended questions, such as:

3. Conduct your interview using the techniques you learned from analyzing Mr. Barbaro’s interviews, such as active listening and follow-up questions. Keep in mind that while Mr. Barbaro is always well prepared for every interview, he is an excellent listener. Try not to mechanically repeat your series of written questions, one after the other, regardless of the answer given by your subject; listen and ask follow-up questions.

To help you, you can use these follow-up start phrases from “The Daily”:

  • “So tell me more about _________?” “

  • “Mmm… so, you say _________?”

  • “What does it mean?” “What did that mean at the time?” “

  • “OK. So when you hear people say _________?”

  • “And how do you explain that? “

  • “And why is this important? “

4. If possible, record your interview so that you can keep the conversation going and critique and evaluate your performance.


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