1) This is an update to your notice that Cate Blanchett is/was to be on today’s (Jan. 15) episode of “Fresh Air,” a radio interview program hosted by Teri Gross.
Ms. Blanchett was interviewed for roughly half an hour, several minutes at the beginning of which were devoted to discussion of LOTR. She talked about working with Peter Jackson, wearing ’70s disco boots while filming with the hobbits, dealing with special effects, and she revealed the existence of a scene (left on the cutting room floor) in which she and Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) speak entirely in elvish.
The good news is that both current and archived interviews can be heard directly over the internet; it is not necessary that “Fresh Air” be broadcast on a local station. For those wanting to listen on Jan. 15, 2002, go to freshair.npr.org and click on “Listen to the Current Show” ; after Jan. 15, 2002, the show should be accessible by clicking on “archived shows.”
2) As the official LOTR site (news section) notes, the DVD of National Geographic Explorer’s “Beyond the Movie: The Lord of the Rings” (which aired on Dec. 23, 2001) will be available on Feb. 5, 2002. However, National Geographic is taking orders now for the DVD. To order, call 1-800-437-5521.