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

  • Fresh Air Weekend: Actress Annette Bening; Comic Tig Notaro
    <img src='' alt='Annette Bening plays Irina Arkadina, an aging actress, in a screen adaptation of Anton Chekhov's play The Seagull. '/><p>Bening describes acting as "a fabulous way to expand your own heart." Critic Ken Tucker reviews Cardi B's I<em>nvasion of Privacy</em>. Notaro's new Netflix special is <em>Happy to Be Here.</em></p><p>(Image credit: Nicole Rivelli/Sony Pictures Classics)</p><img src='' />
  • HBO's Heavy-Handed 'Fahrenheit 451' Lacks The Poetry Of Ray Bradbury's Original
    <p>Critic Dave Bianculli says that the new TV movie "dilutes and deflates" the 1953 novel it draws from. Viewers should "skip the movie, and go back and read Bradbury's book."</p><img src='' />
  • In Life And Fiction, Edward St. Aubyn Sheds The Weight Of His Past
    <p>St. Aubyn's semi-autobiographical novels featuring Patrick Melrose, an Englishman from a posh but monstrous family, are now the basis of a Showtime miniseries. <em>Originally broadcast May 20, 2014.</em></p><img src='' />
  • How Trump's 'War' On The 'Deep State' Is Leading To The Dismantling Of Government
    <p><em>New Yorker</em> staff writer Evan Osnos says that hundreds of non-partisan civil servants, considered not loyal enough to the administration, have been marginalized or pushed out of government entirely.</p><img src='' />
  • 'First Reformed' Asks: 'Will God Forgive Us For Destroying His Creation?'
    <img src='' alt='Ethan Hawke has said that his great-grandmother longed for him to be a priest; he plays a conflicted Christian minister in First Reformed.'/><p>Director Paul Schrader's film tackles war and climate change with a fierce moral anger. Critic Justin Chang says Schrader makes no attempt to conceal the fact that he's written a polemic.</p><p>(Image credit: Courtesy of A24)</p><img src='' />
  • Comic Tig Notaro Wants You To Know She's 'Happy To Be Here'
    <img src='' alt='Tig Notaro's new Netflix special Happy to Be Here begins streaming on May 22. Her stand-up, she realized, has always been about "saying and talking about whatever made me happy."'/><p>After her set about having cancer went viral in 2012, Notaro struggled with the perception that her stand-up was <em>only</em> "dark and edgy." Her new Netflix special begins streaming May 22.</p><p>(Image credit: Rich Fury/Rich Fury/Invision/AP)</p><img src='' />
  • Tom Wolfe: Writing Nonfiction 'Became A Great Game And A Great Experiment'
    <img src='' alt='Best-selling author and journalist Tom Wolfe found that if he tried to fit in with the people he was covering, it deprived him the opportunity to ask obvious questions. He's shown above in New York in 2004.'/><p>Wolfe began experimenting with nonfiction writing techniques in the 1960s. The "new journalism" pioneer and best-selling author died Monday. He spoke with <em>Fresh Air </em>in 1987 and 2012.</p><p>(Image credit: Jim Cooper/AP Photo)</p><img src='' />
  • 'Reluctant Psychonaut' Michael Pollan Embraces The 'New Science' Of Psychedelics
    <img src='' alt='Michael Pollan is out with a new book about the science behind psychedelics.'/><p>Author Michael Pollan, who experimented with mushrooms, LSD and other psychedelics while researching his latest book, says: "I had an experience that was by turns frightening and ecstatic and weird."</p><p>(Image credit: Images Etc Ltd/Getty Images)</p><img src='' />
  • 'I'm Just So Invested': Krysten Ritter On Becoming 'Jessica Jones'
    <img src='' alt='Krysten Ritter stars in the Netflix series Jessica Jones. Her novel Bonfire was published in 2017.'/><p>Ritter loves the complex role of the atypical superhero. "I am doing the most work when I'm not saying lines," she says. The second season was released on Netflix in March.</p><p>(Image credit: David Giesbrecht/Netflix)</p><img src='' />
  • Before His Death, Robin Williams Felt He Couldn't 'Be Funny Anymore'
    <p>Reporter Dave Itzkoff's new biography examines the life and death of the comedian. After Williams took his life in 2014, an autopsy revealed he had Lewy body dementia, which causes memory problems.</p><img src='' />


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