Every morning I start my day by snuggling with Team Terrier in my bed directly behind the famous window of the American Gothic House, after which I go downstairs to make a cafe latte, hitting the "on" button of the radio on my desk as I pass by. The first voices I hear each day (and sometimes the ONLY voices I hear all day) are those of the NPR hosts, either on Morning Edition, or on weekends, Weekend Edition. I'm often making pies in the American Gothic House on Sunday mornings while listening to the confident yet comforting voice of Liane Hansen. Because NPR is such a big part of my life (and has been for many years, long before moving back to Iowa), the opportunity to be on Liane's show carried more significance than any other interview I've done. I always remember how my friend Lisa Tabb's dad told her, "You'll know you've really made it when you're on 'Fresh Air with Terry Gross.'" I didn't care which show I was on -- it was still NPR and I felt extremely privileged.