I have to admit I was a little worried this morning when my car started to emit a shrill and urgent noise as it approached Chatham.
It turned out to be the radio, struggling to reach the whistle-tone frequency of Mishal Hussain's interview with deputy PM Nick Clegg on Radio 4's Today (available on iPlayer, if you missed it).
Her determination to ensure Mr Clegg would not get a word in made me think about the interviewing advice Ron and I gave to our new recruits last week.
Make it a conversation, we said. Put the interviewee at ease, ask straightforward questions and react to their responses. Ron, as ever, put it best: "The interview is about them, not you."
Were we encouraging trainee journalists to be too soft? Political interviewers have in the past taken the opposite view - make your target uncomfortable; keep shifting tack and tone; attack, attack, attack! But perhaps even in the febrile atmosphere of national politics the tide is turning.
Last week the new editor of Newsnight, Ian Katz, revealed his own frustration with the confrontational interview style associated with the show's former host, Jeremy Paxman.
In the Financial Times, he said: "A large proportion of political interviews - maybe even most - are boring snoring.
"The predominance of an aggressive style characterised by the dictum 'why is this lying bastard lying to me?' - and the survival strategies that politicians have developed in response to it - have locked both sides into what economists call a 'tragedy of the commons'."
Listen to this morning's interview with Nick Clegg. Notice, in particular, how often the deputy prime minister was cut off only to be challenged with vague accusations that "the people" (which ones?) are either confused, mystified or put off by something the Liberal Democrats are doing.
Whoever these people are, they may feel the same way about journalists.
Is it time to try engaging politicians - and all interviewees - in more open and enlightening conversations? It can't hurt to try.