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: Ava DuVernay On 'When They See Us'; Bill Hader On 'Barry'
    <img src='' alt='Caleel Harris plays Antron McCray in Ava DuVernay's Netflix miniseries, When They See Us. '/><p>DuVernay's Netflix series tells the true story of five teens wrongly convicted of rape. Ken Tucker reviews Willie Nelson's <em>Ride Me Back Home. </em>Hader plays a hitman who takes acting classes on <em>Barry.</em></p><p>(Image credit: Atsushi Nishijima/Netflix)</p><img src='' />
  • John Prine On Music, Cancer And Why He Never Expected To Be A Recording Artist
    <p>The singer, songwriter and guitarist was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In '18 Prine described how his voice changed after surgery: "It dropped down lower and feels friendlier." </p><img src='' />
  • 'Legion' And 'Jessica Jones' Played The Long Game — And It Paid Off
    <img src='' alt='In the Legion's third (and final) season, it's not clear if the show's central character, David Haller (Dan Stevens), is a hero or a villain.'/><p>After three seasons, both Marvel TV shows are ending their runs with first-rate acting and storytelling that's strong, ambitious and surprisingly satisfying. </p><p>(Image credit: Suzanne Tenner/FX)</p><img src='' />
  • On HBO's 'Barry,' Bill Hader Asks, 'Can You Change Your Nature?'
    <p>Hader co-created and stars as a hitman who enrolls in acting classes in the dark comedy series. In the second season, Barry struggled to express himself as an actor — while keeping his past a secret.</p><img src='' />
  • Ava DuVernay Focuses On The Central Park 5's Perspective: 'Now People Know'
    <p>DuVernay's Netflix series, <em>When They See Us</em>, tells the story of how five black and brown teenagers were manipulated into confessing to a brutal rape they did not commit. </p><img src='' />
  • To Infinity And ... Be Done: After 4 Films, Have We Finally Outgrown 'Toy Story'?
    <img src='' alt='In the fourth installment of the Toy Story franchise, Bonnie comes home from kindergarten with Forky, a plastic fork with googly eyes and pipe cleaner hands voiced by Tony Hale. Sheriff Woody (voiced by Tom Hanks) has aged into an avuncular figure.'/><p>Though it's as dazzling as you'd expect from a Pixar animation, <em>Toy Story 4 </em>is also more ungainly than its predecessors, with coarser humor and audacious plot leaps that don't always pay off. </p><p>(Image credit: Pixar)</p><img src='' />
  • Uncovering The Story Of Cyclist Major Taylor, America's 1st Black Sports Star
    <p>At the height of America's Jim Crow era, Taylor broke barriers by becoming the country's fastest and most famous cyclist. Michael Kranish tells his story in the new book, <em>The World's Fastest Man</em>. </p><img src='' />
  • New Noir By James Ellroy And Denise Mina Is Daredevil Storytelling At Its Finest
    <p>From Nazis and narcos to mistresses and mysterious ship wrecks, Ellroy's <em>This Storm </em>and Mina's <em>Conviction </em>offer plot twists and zig-zags that take readers on a wild ride.</p><img src='' />
  • Willie Nelson's Voice And Spirit Remain Strong On 'Ride Me Back Home'
    <p>The 86-year-old country star reflects on the passage of time on his new album. <em>Ride Me Back Home </em>is a lively, restless collection that contains solid new material and a keen sense of self-scholarship.</p><img src='' />
  • Saxophonist Stan Getz Delivers A Barrelful Of Tenor On 'Getz At The Gate'
    <p>There's nothing dated about a new 2-disc album that revisits Getz's 1961 nightclub recording at New York's Village Gate. Listening to it now, it's hard to overstate what a terrific tenor he was.</p><img src='' />