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 - Thursday, 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: The Emotional Lives Of Primates; Playwright Heidi Schreck
    <img src='' alt='A chimpanzee hugs her newborn at Burgers' Zoo in Arnhem, Netherlands, in 2010. Over the course of his long career, primatologist Frans de Waal has become convinced that primates and other animals express emotions similar to human emotions.'/><p>Primatologist Frans de Waal says the emotions of other primates mirror our own. Justin Chang reviews Jordan Peele's horror film, <em>Us. </em>Schreck talks about her play, <em>What the Constitution Means to Me</em>. </p><p>(Image credit: AFP/Getty Images)</p><img src='' />
  • All The Chess Pieces Are On The Move In Season 4 Of 'Billions'
    <img src='' alt='Paul Giamatti as Chuck Rhoades and Maggie Siff as Wendy Rhoades in Billions.'/><p>Showtime's drama about weathly New York power players features writing, acting and directing that have gotten better with each season. Critic David Bianculli calls the show "astoundingly relevant."</p><p>(Image credit: Jeff Neumann/Showtime)</p><img src='' />
  • Remembering Dick Dale, 'King Of The Surf Guitar'
    <p>Dale told<em> Fresh Air</em> in 1993 that his distinctive guitar style came, in part, from the ocean waves he surfed: "The waves did create my feelings of that sound." Dale died March 16.</p><img src='' />
  • Remembering Pulitzer Prize-Winning Poet W. S. Merwin
    <p>The former U.S. poet laureate, who died March 15, was a prolific writer as well as a conservationist and a conscientious objector during World War II. He spoke to <em>Fresh Air</em> in 2008.</p><img src='' />
  • Jordan Peele's 'Us' Asks: What If The Evil That Dwells Within Took Human Form?
    <p>Peele mixes horror and hilarity in a new film about a family who runs into terrifying doppelgängers of themselves while on vacation. Critic Justin Chang says star Lupita Nyong'o carries the movie.</p><img src='' />
  • Russia's Connection To Brexit Is 'Opaque And Complicated,' Journalist Says
    <p><em>New Yorker</em> journalist Ed Caesar discusses Arron Banks, the British businessman who funded the most extreme end of the pro-Brexit "Leave" campaign — possibly with help from Russia. </p><img src='' />
  • Carsie Blanton Is Delightfully Surprising On 'Buck Up'
    <p>Blanton makes folk-based music that prizes wordplay and has an antic sense of humor. Rock critic Ken Tucker says the personal is always political on her new album.</p><img src='' />
  • Pianists Born 100 Years Ago Prove: There's No One Way To Play Jazz
    <p>Both Lennie Tristano and Herbie Nichols were active on the New York scene in the 1950s. Though worlds apart stylistically, their music demonstrates how the piano accommodates myriad personalities.</p><img src='' />
  • How Women Have Been 'Profoundly' Left Out Of The U.S. Constitution
    <p>As a teen, Heidi Schreck debated the Constitution in competitions. As an adult, she saw how it shortchanged the women in her family. Her play, <em>What the Constitution Means to Me, </em>will run on Broadway. </p><img src='' />
  • Road Trip With 'Zora And Langston' In This Real-Life Literary Adventure
    <img src='' alt='Cover detail from Zora and Langston, by Yuval Taylor'/><p>Squeeze into the rumble seat — Yuval Taylor brings readers along on a 1927 summer road trip taken by Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. Their friendship turned out to be a very bumpy ride.</p><p>(Image credit: W. W. Norton)</p><img src='' />