A lame, dull, and uninspiring interview with Ken Kasten on the history of space aliens. So let me see if I got this right: during world war II aliens sided with Hitler and they still got their asses beat? Eisenhower, as president, met with aliens on many occasions, and they offered us cool technology if we would only agree to do away with our nukes, but Eisenhower decided the cold war was much more important? And in his farewell speech he warns us of the military industrial complex, and says nothing about all those aliens tracking up the White House floor? And Kennedy had an exchange program with the little critters? Ian would have grilled this guy like hot dogs on the fourth of July. George...well...George is a facilitator. And he sucks.
That interview with Kasten was terrible. George is moderately informed on the subject but had absolutely **NO** rapport with the guest. There were times the conversation were outright awkward.
As far as grilling, I think Kasten exposed Noory as a terrible interviewer... many times George would float one of his typically bland, generalized questions and Kasten would simply respond with something like 'how?' or 'in what way?' Kasten wanted Noory to be more specific.
One thing is for sure -- you can tell Art pre-screened his guests and Noory has a producer do it. Art rarely had these type of 'uncomfortable' interviews; I don't think Noory speaks to these guests ahead of time and doesn't know what he's getting into.
I've noticed something with Noory lately and it all came together with the Kasten interview the other night -- he has a stock set of questions and I swear he has his 'stock question list' next to his mic like a cheat sheet. The stock questions include:
* "How did you get into field X?"
* "What's the most surprising thing you uncovered while researching topic X?"
* "What's it all **MEAN**???"
It's pretty clear the difference between Noory and Punnett when it comes to interviews. George drives the interview mostly from a stock set of rote questions; Ian and Knapp drive the majority of the interview based on live, real-time responses from the guest, ie, it can be illuminating and surprising. Twists and turns, nooks and crannies and tangents.
Noory's interviews have the depth of a kid's coloring book. Ok, maybe one of those pop-up books, those are a little more interesting.