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Friday, October 27 • 10:45am - 11:30am
This is the Fresh Air Archive

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This presentation will outline the multi-project effort to preserve and provide access to NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Over 40 Years of interviews have been preserved from the influential radio show.

Fresh Air is one of public media's most popular programs, with 5 million listeners on 665 stations and 4 million weekly podcast downloads. Terry Gross has, for more than 40 years, engaged in conversations with newsmakers, writers, film directors, musicians, actors, and artists to open windows into their hearts, minds, and work.

Fresh Air received the Peabody Institutional Award in 2022. Terry Gross was awarded a National Humanities Medal from President Obama in 2016. The radio program has been broadcast nationally since 1987, produced in Philadelphia at WHYY, Inc. and distributed by NPR.

The transcripts and audio archives travel the world, used by public libraries, government agencies, law firms and industry. Transcripts are created using Artemis software at NPR in Washington D.C. and are available at LexisNexis, Dow Jones, ProQuest, Universities, and other archives.

Archiving and preserving the program began in 1978 with organizing the reel-to-reel tapes for the WHYY-FM local Fresh Air. In 2006 the effort began at WHYY to digitize the reel-to-reel audio tapes, DATs, and CDs. Decisions were made for sampling rate, bit resolution, and the best medium to produce the archives. Working with NPR, the audio and transcripts are now accessible to the public at https://freshairarchive.org/ and https://www.npr.org/programs/fresh-air/

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Joyce Lieberman

Fresh Air/Radio Engineering Supervisor, Fresh Air/WHYY, Inc.

Friday October 27, 2023 10:45am - 11:30am EDT