Dr. Taylor interviews with Tom Crann
Minnesota Public Radio
This doesn’t happen every day. I was working peacefully at my desk when the phone rang. “Hi, I’m Alex DiPalma, producer for National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered.” I understand you are an expert in small business and we’re interested in having you on our show.”
We did a “pre-interview” for about half an hour. I guess I passed because Alex announced that she would look forward to having me on the show…just as soon as she checked with Tom Crann (the person who would actually be conducting the interview). Ten minutes later I got the call.
“OK, Mr. Taylor, you’re on.” Great. When? “Tomorrow at 2 p.m. We’ll record you for about 20 minutes and use about four.”
I will say that MPR treated me well. I got a reserved parking place by the front door of their offices in downtown St. Paul, a special visitor guest badge and free drinks in the green room.
Tom exuded warmth and comfort. We started the interview with some warm-up questions about what I do and what I see happening in the economy for small businesses. Then the curves came. What about the policies of Obama and Romney concerning small businesses? What about the “we built it phrase” the Republicans are using at the convention? Yikes. Alex had told me to be ready for questions about how small businesses are faring in this economy—not to be snappy and conversant on policy.
I sidestepped the political query and punted. Regardless of who wins the election, I said, the US needs to invest in issues that matter most to small business…a strong infrastructure, streamlined regulatory policy and a tax code that makes sense. Enjoy the broadcast. What do you think?