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

  • Take Thrilling Comfort In 'Bodyguard,' Where The Malfeasance Is Just Fiction
    <img src='' alt='Keeley Hawes, Richard Madden and Paul Ready star in the BBC thriller Bodyguard, which comes to Netflix on October 24.'/><p>A new BBC/Netflix series about terrorism and political chicanery delivers plenty of thrills — but ultimately lacks seriousness. Critic John Powers says <em>Bodyguard</em> is "awash in a timely cynicism."</p><p>(Image credit: Sophie Mutevelian/World Producti/Netflix)</p><img src='' />
  • 'Pleasant' Doesn't Interest Melissa McCarthy: 'Who Wants To Watch That?'
    <img src='' alt='Melissa McCarthy stars with Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me? -- a film about literary forger Lee Israel.'/><p>McCarthy likes to take on "three-dimensional, flawed" characters. Otherwise, she says, "there's nothing to sink your teeth into." She stars as a caustic literary forger in <em>Can You Ever Forgive Me?</em></p><p>(Image credit: Mary Cybulski/Twentieth Century Fox )</p><img src='' />
  • Fresh Air Weekend: 'BoJack Horseman' Creator; 'Hey, Kiddo' Author
    <img src='' alt='The animal people in BoJack Horseman are the creation of illustrator and cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt. The bitterness, isolation, melancholy and cynicism are "my half of the equation," says show creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg.'/><p>Raphael Bob-Waksberg describes his show, <em>BoJack Horseman,</em> as a sadness "sneak attack." Justin Chang reviews <em>Can You Ever Forgive Me?.</em> Jarrett J. Krosoczka discusses his graphic memoir, <em>Hey, Kiddo.</em></p><p>(Image credit: Netflix)</p><img src='' />
  • Father And Son Behind 'Beautiful Boy' Share Their Story Of Addiction And Recovery
    <p>David Sheff and his son Nic both wrote memoirs about Nic's meth addiction. Their stories are now the basis of a film starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. <em>Originally broadcast in '08 and '13.</em></p><img src='' />
  • 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' Is A Rare Gem: A Sweet Film About A Mean Person
    <p>A new film features Melissa McCarthy as a misanthropic con artist who forges letters from famous authors. Critic Justin Chang feels like McCarthy's entire career has been working toward this role.</p><img src='' />
  • 'Times' Journalists Puncture Myth Of Trump As Self-Made Billionaire
    <p>Investigative reporters Susanne Craig and David Barstow say the president received today's equivalent of $413 million from his father's real estate empire, through what appears to be tax fraud.</p><img src='' />
  • Eric Church Gets Introspective In A Stripped-Down 'Desperate Man'
    <p>The country-music star returns to the basics in a new album that reflects some of the life-altering experiences he survived this past year. Ken Tucker says <em>Desperate Man</em> is an impressive achievement.</p><img src='' />
  • Don't Be Fooled By The Talking Horse — 'BoJack' Is A Sadness 'Sneak Attack'
    <img src='' alt='The animal people in BoJack Horseman are the creation of illustrator and cartoonist Lisa Hanawalt. The bitterness, isolation, melancholy and cynicism is "my half of the equation," says show creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg.'/><p>BoJack is a former sitcom star struggling with depression and addiction. Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg says part of the pitch for the animated show was: "What's Mister Ed like behind the scenes?"</p><p>(Image credit: Netflix)</p><img src='' />
  • What Would Eleanor Do? 'If You Ask Me' Revisits Roosevelt's Advice Columns
    <img src='' alt='Eleanor Roosevelt's advice column — "If You Ask Me" — ran from 1941, when she was still first lady, to her death in 1962. She's pictured above in October 1957.'/><p>For 20 years, Roosevelt answered reader questions on topics monumental, mundane and everywhere in between. A new book presents a selection of her essential advice and practical wisdom.</p><p>(Image credit: AP)</p><img src='' />
  • 'Hey, Kiddo' Aims To Help Kids With Addicted Parents Feel Less Alone
    <img src='' alt='Hey, Kiddo '/><p>Jarrett J. Krosoczka was raised by his grandparents. The author and illustrator says he got a lot of practice telling stories as a kid — "making up excuses for where my biological parents were."</p><p>(Image credit: )</p><img src='' />