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

  • Amy Rigby Maintains Her Punk Mischievousness On 'The Old Guys'
    <p>Rigby's new album, which features jangly guitars and thumping drums, sounds like an old-fashioned rock 'n' roll album. But critic Ken Tucker says that <em>The Old Guy</em> is definitely not "a nostalgia item."</p><img src='' />
  • From 'F-Bomb' To 'Photobomb,' How The Dictionary Keeps Up With English
    <p>New words that enter the dictionary must meet three criteria, says Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper: widespread use, sustained use and meaningful use. <em>Originally broadcast April 19, 2017.</em></p><img src='' />
  • The Kronos Quartet Explodes Its Range On Two New Collaborations
    <p>Two new records showcase the quartet's recent collaborations with Laurie Anderson and a group from Mali. Critic Milo Miles says it's evident how much time and care went into <em>Landfall</em> and <em>Ladilikan.</em></p><img src='' />
  • Robots Are Now 'Creating New Robots,' Tech Reporter Says
    <p>The evolution of artificial intelligence has exploded over the past five years, leading to computers that can drive and talk. <em>New York Times'</em> Cade Metz explains how machines are learning on their own.</p><img src='' />
  • From The 'Fresh Air' Archives: Eddie Bunker, Who Honed His Writing Craft In Prison
    <p>Bunker, who died in 2005, spent 18 years in prison before becoming a successful writer. He co-wrote the screenplay for the 1985 film <em>Runaway Train,</em> which helped launch the career of actor Danny Trejo.</p><img src='' />
  • Humor Blends With Tragedy In The Farcical 'Death of Stalin'
    <p>Armando Ianucci's new film satirizes the days in 1953 when the Soviet Union lost its totalitarian leader and members of his inner circle argued, plotted and killed while selecting a successor.</p><img src='' />
  • Danny Trejo On Acting, Addiction And Playing 'The Mean Chicano Dude'
    <img src='' alt='Actor Danny Trejo, shown here in 2014, produced the documentary Survivors Guide To Prison, which focuses on injustices within the criminal justice system.'/><p>Trejo says that his experience standing in the San Quentin prison yard waiting for a riot prepared him for acting: "You're absolutely scared to death ... [but] you have to pretend you're not."</p><p>(Image credit: Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Disney)</p><img src='' />
  • 'Russian Roulette' Authors Seek To Connect The Dots Between Trump And Putin
    <img src='' alt='President Trump meets with Russian President Putin at the G-20 Summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 7, 2017.'/><p>Journalists Michael Isikoff and David Corn have been at the forefront of the investigation of the Trump campaign's ties to Russia. Their new book attempts to put all the pieces of the story together.</p><p>(Image credit: Evan Vucci/AP)</p><img src='' />
  • New Books Revive The Cold Cases Of Agatha Christie And The Golden State Killer
    <img src='' alt='Cover detail from Agatha Christie: A Mysterious Life, by Laura Thompson'/><p>Maureen Corrigan recommends two books that grapple with real-life mysteries: Laura Thompson's biography of the sphinxlike Agatha Christie, and <em>I'll Be Gone In The Dark, </em>by the late Michelle McNamara.</p><p>(Image credit: Pegasus Books)</p><img src='' />
  • Blacklisted From Syria, A Journalist Says: 'I Couldn't Imagine Staying Away
    <p>Rania Abouzeid has been covering Syria since 2011 — despite the fact that she's been called a spy, placed on wanted lists by Syrian intelligence and banned from entering the country.</p><img src='' />


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