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: From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge; Actor Richard Jenkins
    <img src='' alt='Tara Westover enrolled in school for the first time when she was 17.'/><p>Memoirist Tara Westover talks about growing up in a survivalist household. Critic David Bianculli calls <em>Blue Planet II</em> a "dazzling piece of television." Richard Jenkins discusses <em>The Shape of Water.</em></p><p>(Image credit: Paul Stuart /Random House)</p><img src='' />
  • 'Coco' Filmmakers Explore The 'Connection To Loved Ones Past'
    <p>Co-writers and co-directors Lee Unkrich and Adrian Molina spent six years creating their Oscar-nominated animated film about the Day of the Dead. <em>Originally broadcast Jan. 10, 2018. </em></p><img src='' />
  • 'Blue Planet II' Celebrates The Beauty Of Nature Across The Globe
    <p>Scientists and filmmakers capture images in unprecedented, truly breathtaking ways in the BBC nature documentary series. Critic David Bianculli calls<em> Blue Planet II</em> a "dazzling piece of television."</p><img src='' />
  • How A Russian Troll Factory Waged An Aggressive Campaign To Disrupt The U.S. Election
    <p><em>New York Times</em> reporter Scott Shane discusses special counsel Robert Mueller's indictment of 13 Russians who allegedly participated in a complex social media operation to undermine the 2016 election.</p><img src='' />
  • Brandi Carlile Rejects Bitterness And Self Pity On 'By The Way, I Forgive You'
    <p>Carlile fills her new album with songs about forgiving the pain inflicted by lovers, parents and others. Critic Ken Tucker says the singer's music and message carry a "mighty strength."</p><img src='' />
  • Tense, Moody 'Golden Exits' Finds Drama In Everyday Gossip And Betrayal
    <p>Reviewer Justin Chang says "not much happens — and yet everything seems to be at stake" in Alex Ross Perry's film about six moderately unhappy Brooklynites and the visitor who interrupts their lives.</p><img src='' />
  • New Box Set Showcases The Reserved Style Of The Late Jazz Pianist Teddy Wilson
    <p>Wilson became famous in the 1930s, playing in Benny Goodman's small groups and recording his own combo sides with a young Billie Holiday. A new collection reveals what else Wilson was up to back then.</p><img src='' />
  • Actor Richard Jenkins: Reading 'Shape Of Water' Script Was A 'Holy Mackerel' Moment
    <p>Jenkins started out in theater and didn't get a movie role until he was in his 30s. Now 70, he's up for an Oscar for best supporting actor for his role in <em>The Shape of Water.</em></p><img src='' />
  • Zadie Smith Ruminates On Brexit, Bieber And Much, Much More In 'Feel Free'
    <img src='' alt='Feel Free by Zadie Smith'/><p>Smith's massive new essay collection covers a wide assortment of topics, but critic Maureen Corrigan says <em>Feel Free</em> is strongest when it focuses on art and identity.</p><p>(Image credit: Eslah Attar/NPR)</p><img src='' />
  • Memoirist Retraces Her Journey From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge Ph.D.
    <img src='' alt='Tara Westover enrolled in school for the first time when she was 17.'/><p>Growing up, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. She writes about her awkward transition into the mainstream in <em>Educated: A Memoir</em>.</p><p>(Image credit: Paul Stuart /Random House)</p><img src='' />


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