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We Were Delighted To Have You Here

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This is a quickie.

I just watched the interview between CBS This Morning’s Charlie Rose, Nora O’Donnell, Gayle King and Senator Elizabeth Warren. And three things were clear;

1.  Ms. Warren is a passionate speaker who uses anecdotes, examples, metaphors and deep detail when answering questions.
2.  Each anchor wanted to get in at least a few questions with this passionate politician they each seemed to clearly admire.
3.  Each anchors was watching the clock and knew they had cut her off eventually.

I’ve talked about this before. Sometimes, you get a guest that drones on but doesn’t have much to say.  But sometimes, you get a guest like Elizabeth Warren who has a lot of compelling things to say.  The problem is the host might not want to treat them the same but the studio clock does.

As a way to try to beat time, a host that admires a guest may ask their questions quickly in hopes of getting them answered quickly, knowing they are running out of time.  But when you have multiple hosts and they all admire the guest and they’re all tussling to ask their own questions quickly, you get the kind of mini pile up I saw this morning.

Of course all three anchors are reporters, and so they know how the etiquette of the press pool transfers to the anchor desk.  They were all professional to each other and the guest.  But you could see them all trying to get their own questions answered before this amazing woman left the set.

At one point, Gayle King began a question in typical Gayle style – hand in the air plowing the road for the question rushing at the guest like a sirocco – and Nora bogarted her.  At another, Charlie Rose, realizing the urgency among the hosts was running high, gently said “I just want to ask a question” as a way of surrendering to the interview God in hopes he would be smiled upon favorably with an answer from Ms. Warren.  He was.

But then, there is Ms. Warren who answers each question with sincere, in-depth answers that burns seconds like oxygen in diving bell.

What are they all to do?

In the end, the floor director, via master control via the director via the master clock had the last word.
And Gayle said so …

“We were delighted to have had you here.”  And they all meant it.

TIME!

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April 22, 2014 at 23:09

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New Track: Dennis Richardson Interview

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A new track on SoundCloud “Dennis Richardson Interview”:

Dennis Richardson is a Republican lawmaker in the Oregon legislature who wants to be Oregon’s next Govenor. He talked with Don Merrill about why Cover Oregon needs to be scrapped, why trade with China is essential to Oregon’s economy and why a baseball analogy best applies to the current govenor. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.

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April 22, 2014 at 12:02

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New Track: Thomas Goetz Interview

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A new track on SoundCloud “Thomas Goetz Interview”:

Thomas Goetz is an author who was motivated to write about the search for a cure for TB. Inspired by his family, he received advanced degrees in public health and was drawn to the relationship between German microbiologist Robert Koch and England’s premier mystery writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Mr. Goetz talks with Don Merrill about how the influence each man had on the other was crucial in defeating one of the greatest diseases of mankind.

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April 22, 2014 at 07:18

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New Track: Jerry Greenfield Interview

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A new track on SoundCloud “Jerry Greenfield Interview”:

Jerry Greenfield is one-half of the famous Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream Co. He was in Portland as part of Ben and Jerry’s “Free Ice Cream Day”, an event the company holds once a year to thank customers. He talked with Don Merrill about company subsidaries operating in Israeli settlements, the how the company has developed its whimsy corporate identity and why he and co-founder Ben Cohen believe there aren’t enough controls on how money gets into politics.

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April 22, 2014 at 07:02

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New Track: Peter Hall Interview

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A new track on SoundCloud “Peter Hall Interview”:

Peter Hall is a Democrat running for Oregon House District 60. He talked with Don Merrill about what it means to be a Democrat in Eastern Oregon, how over-development is contributing to climate change and why people who are carrying guns for personal protection should be able to carry them almost everywhere. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.

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April 22, 2014 at 06:36

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New Track: Delinda Delgado Morgan Interview

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A new track on SoundCloud “Delinda Delgado Morgan Interview”:

Delinda Delgado Morgan is a Republican seeking the 1st US Congressional seat for Oregon. She talked with Don Merrill about how charities and individuals rather than government need to provide for the health care needs of insurance-less people, why Congress should be more business oriented and how kids should bring their own business related experiences to their education to be more than what they get from the education system when they leave it. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.

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April 22, 2014 at 06:36

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New Track: Darren Karr Interview

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A new track on SoundCloud “Darren Karr Interview”:

Darren Karr is an Independent who is registered as a Republican and running for Oregon’s Govenor. He talked with Don Merrill about how he’s focusing on younger rather than older voters in his campaign, why Governor Kitzhaber and Dennis Richardson aren’t necessarily shoe ins and how, in the interest of efficient spending, he would slash nearly half a dozen Oregon departments if he became to state’s top executive. *These interviews are part of a project to invite all Oregon 2014 candidates to share their views. A transcript of this interview will be posted shortly.

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April 22, 2014 at 05:58

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