This section presents selected interviews which I believe express the art of the interview. Five qualities appear common to each of the interviews, amidst differing subjects, people and venues.
First, while all of these interviews differ in many regards, each seeks answers based on truth. Second the interviewer listens. And so does the interviewee. Third, many of the questions are simple, yet thoughtful. The interviewer genuinely knows their subject. Next, interviewee answers are in the spotlight, not interviewer opinion. Finally, while there may be some contentious subject matter discussed, respect is maintained throughout the interview.
With both indepth questions and listening, it is the art of the interview.
Talk show host and media mogul Merv Griffin Interview with President Ronald Reagan. President Reagan was 40th President of the United States, serving eight years in office. Merv Griffin hosted his own talk show from 1965-1986.
Brian Lamb, founder of C-Span, is interviewed by Rick Gillespie from Reason TV. Mr. Lamb talks about allowing cameras in the Supreme Court, and views on politics.
In a 2007 Market Watch article, Jon Friedman said Brian Lamb, "is patient and asks simple questions. Watching him conduct an hour long interview reminds me of seeing people putting together a jigsaw puzzle, systematically and with a sense of purpose, as they make sure that one piece will lead logically to the next one."
Forty-Fifth President, businessman and television personality, Donald Trump is interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in 1988, not long after Mr. Trump had posted a full-page ad criticizing U.S. foreign policy. When she asked Mr. Trump about running for President, he said, "I love what I'm doing. I really like it." He said he would, "never want to rule it out totally..."
Barbara Walters interviews talk show host Johnny Carson. With an interview such as this one with Mr. Carson being a rarity, the conversation includes both candid personal insights, along with a dialogue about his life as a talk show host.
Talk show host Dick Cavett interviews former Secretary of State and National Security Advisor Dr. Henry Kissinger. In this interview, Dr. Kissinger talks about his book entitled The White House Years and policies during the Nixon administration.
C-Span founder Brian Lamb interviews former Speaker of the House Thomas P. Tip O'Neil. Tip O'Neil served as 47th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, from 1977 to 1987, representing northern Boston, Massachusetts from 1953 to 1987.