As an art curator, part of my job includes speaking with the press about The Kinsey Institute's most recent exhibitions, and I have become accustomed to print journalists being liberal with what they include as a direct quote. For example, I do not think "[t]he penis is a very popular joke," is exactly what I said during an interview. Though audio interviews greatly reduce the risk of being misquoted since the words are heard coming directly from your mouth, a whole different level of discomfort is created. "Did I really say that?" is replaced with, "do I really sound like that?" Your personal version of your own voice, the one you hear in your head, never quite matches the voice people hear coming from your mouth.
Artworks, a local public radio program, has started covering our exhibits at The Kinsey Institute. I have now been included in three of these interviews. Though I am still uncomfortable with my voice, I am pleased with the quality of the interviews. I especially enjoyed the most recent piece by Yaël Ksander covering our current exhibit Nature & Nurture.