Fresh Air

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Each week, nearly 4.5 million people listen to the show's intimate conversations broadcast on more than 450 National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country, as well as in Europe on the World Radio Network. Though Fresh Air has been categorized as a "talk show," it hardly fits the mold. Its 1994 Peabody Award citation credits Fresh Air with "probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insights." And a variety of top publications count Gross among the country's leading interviewers. The show gives interviews as much time as needed, and complements them with comments from well-known critics and commentators.

Monday - Friday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM and repeating Monday - Thursday, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM on WUSF 89.7

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Combine an intelligent interviewer with a roster of guests that, according to the Chicago Tribune, would be prized by any talk-show host, and you're bound to get an interesting conversation. Fresh Air interviews, though, are in a category by themselves, distinguished by the unique approach of host and executive producer Terry Gross. "A remarkable blend of empathy and warmth, genuine curiosity and sharp intelligence," says the San Francisco Chronicle.

Gross, who has been host of Fresh Air since 1975, when it was broadcast only in greater Philadelphia, isn't afraid to ask tough questions. But Gross sets an atmosphere in which her guests volunteer... Read More...

From Fresh Air

  • What A Classic '50s Western Can Teach Us About The Hollywood Blacklist
    <img src='' alt='Gary Cooper plays the sheriff in the 1952 film High Noon. Author Glenn Frankel says the film can be viewed as a parable for the Hollywood blacklist era.'/><p>Author Glenn Frankel says the 1952 film <em>High Noon </em>was inspired by the toxic political climate of the time. "People ... felt they want to get their country back," Frankel says.</p><p>(Image credit: Associated Press)</p><img src='' />
  • An Irish Immigrant Fights On The Great Plains In 'Days Without End'
    <p>The protagonist of Sebastian Barry's new novel is conscripted right off the boat as the price of American citizenship. Eventually he finds love and companionship with one of his fellow soldiers.</p><img src='' />
  • Uncovering Presidential Secrets, From Washington To Trump
    <p>Author Mary Graham discusses the confidences that presidents keep. When it comes to President Trump, she says: "I think we're seeing that it's not possible to keep policies secret in the digital age."</p><img src='' />
  • Fresh Air Weekend: Actor Mahershala Ali; James Baldwin; Director Raoul Peck
    <img src='' alt='Mahershala Ali has been nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Moonlight.'/><p>Ali discusses his Oscar-nominated performance as a drug dealer in <em>Moonlight</em>. Director Raoul Peck discusses <em>I am Not Your Negro,</em> his documentary about civil rights era writer James Baldwin.</p><p>(Image credit: David Bornfriend/A24)</p><img src='' />
  • Remembering Barbara Carroll, The 'First Lady Of Jazz Piano'
    <p>Carroll, who died Sunday, started recording in the late 1940s, when female jazz musicians were still considered a novelty. <em>Originally broadcast in 2003.</em></p><img src='' />
  • 'The Great Wall' Stands As A Monument To Absurd CGI Clutter
    <p>Matt Damon plays an accomplished bow-and-arrow warrior in ancient China in his latest film. Critic David Edelstein says <em>The Great Wall</em> is "lavishly ... terrible."</p><img src='' />
  • New Dramas 'Good Fight' And 'Big Little Lies' Make A Case For Subscription TV
    <img src='' alt='Shailene Woodley, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman play Monterey moms — and possible murderers — in the HBO miniseries Big Little Lies.'/><p>TV critic David Bianculli reviews two shows premiering this weekend: HBO's miniseries, <em>Big Little Lies,</em> and CBS's <em>The Good Fight</em>, which will be relocating to the network's subscription streaming site.</p><p>(Image credit: HBO)</p><img src='' />
  • 'Manchester By The Sea' Director Explores The Depth Of Grief
    <p>Kenneth Lonergan's film, which has been nominated for six Oscars, is about a janitor who returns to his hometown after the death of his brother. <em>Originally broadcast Nov. 30, 2016.</em></p><img src='' />
  • In 'Moonlight,' Actor Mahershala Ali Found Characters He Recognized
    <img src='' alt='Mahershala Ali has been nominated for an Academy Award for his performance in Moonlight.'/><p>Ali has earned an Oscar nomination for his performance as Juan, a drug dealer who becomes an unlikely father figure to a boy who is being bullied at school and neglected at home.</p><p>(Image credit: David Bornfriend/A24)</p><img src='' />
  • 'Ghachar Ghochar' Presents A Fretful Vision Of Indian Class Anxiety
    <img src='' alt='Ghachar Ghochar embodies the "fear of falling into economic and moral ruin."'/><p>The narrator of Vivek Shanbhag's new novel once lived a lower-class subsistence in Bangalore. Critic Maureen Corrigan says <em>Ghachar Ghochar</em> embodies<em> </em>the<em> "</em>fear of falling into economic and moral ruin."</p><p>(Image credit: Marian Carrasquero/NPR)</p><img src='' />

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