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

  • Celebrating The Centennial Of Jazz Legend Ella Fitzgerald
    <p>Fitzgerald, who died in 1996, had her first hits with Chick Webb's big band before going out on her own in the 1940s. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Fitzgerald at her best is as good as it gets.</p><img src='' />
  • Psychiatrist Recalls 'Heartbreak And Hope' On Bellevue's Prison Ward
    <img src='' alt='The inmates in Bellevue are awaiting trial for a variety of offenses, ranging from sleeping on the subway to murder.'/><p>Dr. Elizabeth Ford treated mentally ill inmates in New York City for more than a decade. It was almost universal, she says, that they had suffered abuse or significant neglect as children.</p><p>(Image credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)</p><img src='' />
  • For Baseball's Rick Ankiel, Losing His Pitching Ability Led To An Unusual Comeback
    <p>Ankiel entered the major leagues in 1999 as a gifted pitcher, but one day suddenly lost that gift. He talks about his pitching demons, his troubled childhood and his way back to baseball.</p><img src='' />
  • 'Hourglass' Exposes The Fissures That Develop In A Long-Term Marriage
    <img src='' alt='Dani Shapiro'/><p>Dani Shapiro's new memoir dramatizes the dizzying ways a lifetime passes, loops around, speeds up and sometimes seems to stand still. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it an incisive and charged work.</p><p>(Image credit: Random House)</p><img src='' />
  • Fresh Air Weekend: Obama's White House; 'A Quiet Passion'; Updating The Dictionary
    <img src='' alt='Alyssa Mastromonaco sits with President Barack Obama aboard Air Force One in 2012. Mastromonaco served as the president's director of scheduling and advance from 2009 until 2011, then became his deputy chief of staff for operations from 2011 until 2014.'/><p>Alyssa Mastromonaco talks about her years working in the West Wing. Justin Chang reviews Terence Davies' new film about Emily Dickinson. Kory Stamper explains how new words get into the dictionary.</p><p>(Image credit: Pete Souza/The White House)</p><img src='' />
  • 'Quiet Passion' Captures The Wit And Vulnerability Of Poet Emily Dickinson
    <p>British filmmaker Terence Davies turns his attention to the gifted New England poet in his new movie. Critic Justin Chang calls the film a "sharp, sensitive portrait" of a woman ahead of her time.</p><img src='' />
  • 'Girls & Sex' And The Importance Of Talking To Young Women About Pleasure
    <p>Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to adolescent sexuality, the subject of girls' pleasure is often left unspoken. <em>Originally broadcast March 29, 2016.</em></p><img src='' />
  • Journalist Describes The Loneliness And Leakiness Of Trump's White House
    <img src='' alt='President Donald Trump speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla.'/><p>As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office, White House correspondent Maggie Haberman of <em>The New York Times</em> says "the magnitude of the job is sinking in for him."</p><p>(Image credit: Alex Brandon/Associated Press)</p><img src='' />
  • From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English
    <img src='' alt='A galley proof shows some of the work that went into adding "ginormous" to Merriam-Webster's 2007 collegiate dictionary.'/><p>For a new word to enter the dictionary, it must meet three criteria: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper explains the process in <em>Word by Word.</em></p><p>(Image credit: Charles Krupa/AP)</p><img src='' />
  • 'Fargo' And Bill Nye Make Promising Returns To The Small Screen
    <img src='' alt='Carrie Coon plays Gloria Burgle in the third season of the series Fargo, which premiers on FX Wednesday.'/><p>A botched theft leads to murder in <em>Fargo</em>'s third season, and Bill Nye offers up science for adults in his new Netflix series. TV critic David Bianculli reviews both.</p><p>(Image credit: Chris Large/FX)</p><img src='' />

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