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

  • 31 Years Later, Spike Lee Puts A New Spin On 'She's Gotta Have It'
    <img src='' alt='DeWanda Wise plays Nola, a self-described "sex-positive, polyamorous, pansexual," in the Neflix series She's Gotta Have It.'/><p>In a new 10-part Netflix series, Lee revisits his story of a young black artist who loves sex, but isn't interested in a committed relationship.</p><p>(Image credit: David Lee/Netflix/Courtesy of Netflix)</p><img src='' />
  • Remembering Smithereens' Songwriter And Lead Singer Pat DiNizio
    <p>DiNizio, who died Tuesday, told <em>Fresh Air</em> in 1988 that his music was influenced by the songs he grew up listening to on AM radio in the 1960s. The Smithereens formed in Carteret, NJ, in 1980.</p><img src='' />
  • As Marriage Standards Change, A Therapist Recommends 'Rethinking Infidelity'
    <p>Esther Perel has spent the past six years focusing on couples who are dealing with infidelity. "It's never been easier to cheat — and it's never been more difficult to keep a secret," she says.</p><img src='' />
  • Critic's 'Ghost List' Has Books, Music And A TV Show That Deserve A Second Look
    <img src='' alt='The British TV series National Treasure (available on Hulu) features Robbie Coltrane as a beloved comedian who has been accused of sexual assault, and Julie Walters (right) and Andrea Riseborough as his wife and daughter.'/><p>Every year, critic John Powers is haunted by the things he wishes he'd reviewed. The themes his 2017 "Ghost List" range in spirit from cosmic surrealism to ripped-from-the-headlines immediacy.</p><p>(Image credit: Joss Barratt/Hulu)</p><img src='' />
  • Ranky Tanky Leans On The Music And Culture Of Slave Descendants
    <p>Three members of Ranky Tanky perform songs from their self-titled debut. The band's name and music derive from the tradition of the Gullah, slave descendants from the Georgia and South Carolina coast.</p><img src='' />
  • Maureen Corrigan Picks Books To Close Out A Chaotic 2017
    <img src='' alt='Maureen Corrigan's best books of 2017.'/><p><em>Fresh Air</em>'s book critic says her 2017 list is chaotic in a good way. "These books zing off in all directions: They're fresh, unruly and dismissive of the canned and contrived."</p><p>(Image credit: Laura Roman/NPR)</p><img src='' />
  • 'Godless' Creator Says He Wanted To Embrace Every Single Western Cliché
    <img src='' alt='Michelle Dockery plays a rancher and single mom in Netflix's Godless.'/><p>Scott Frank packed his Netflix mini-series with train robberies and shoot-outs, but <em>Godless</em> isn't exactly a typical Western. For one thing, the town at the center of the story is run by women.</p><p>(Image credit: Ursula Coyote/Courtesty of Netflix)</p><img src='' />
  • Fresh Air Weekend: James Franco; 2017's Word Of The Year; Guillermo Del Toro
    <img src='' alt='James Franco plays eccentric filmmaker Tommy Wiseau in The Disaster Artist. Franco says Wiseau "looks sort of like a mix between a vampire and a pirate and Michael Jackson. ... He has long black hair that looks like it's dyed with magic marker."'/><p>Franco tackles a Hollywood story "unlike any other" in <em>The Disaster Artist. </em>Linguist Geoff Nunberg says "tribalism" is his word of the year. Del Toro talks about his new film, <em>The Shape Of Water.</em></p><p>(Image credit: Justina Mintz/Courtesy of A24)</p><img src='' />
  • 'I, Tonya' Offers A Sympathetic Second Act To A Disgraced Figure Skater
    <p>In January 1994, skater Nancy Kerrigan was struck on the leg with a police-style baton by a man linked to skating rival Tonya Harding. A new dark comedy reconsiders the case against Harding.</p><img src='' />
  • The 'Racial Cleansing' That Drove 1,100 Black Residents Out Of Forsyth County, Ga.
    <p>In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Author Patrick Phillips revisits the incident in his book, <em>Blood at the Root</em>. <em>Originally broadcast Sept. 15, 2016.</em></p><img src='' />


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