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

  • How A Rising Star Of White Nationalism Broke Free From The Movement
    <img src='' alt='Derek Black was following in his father's footsteps in the world of white nationalism until he had a change of heart.'/><p>Derek Black once promoted a racist agenda by making speeches, hosting a radio show and starting a website. His change of heart is the subject of a new book, written by journalist Eli Saslow.</p><p>(Image credit: The Washington Post/The Washington Post/Getty Images)</p><img src='' />
  • Fresh Air Weekend: Maggie Gyllenhaal; Breaking Free From The Purity Movement
    <img src='' alt='Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as a sex worker who gets off the streets by becoming an actress in — and then a director of — porn films in HBO's The Deuce. She's also a producer on the series. '/><p>Gyllenhaal takes on the power imbalance of sex work in <em>The Deuce. </em>Critic Justin Chang reviews <em><em>The Sisters Brothers. </em></em>Linda Kay Klein reflects on the shame caused by the Evangelical purity movement.</p><p>(Image credit: Paul Schiraldi/HBO)</p><img src='' />
  • 'Jane Fonda In Five Acts' Reveals The Shifting Identities Of An Icon
    <p>Susan Lacy's terrific HBO documentary examines Fonda's juicy, controversial life in five parts. The first four are named for a man under whose influence Fonda lived; in the fifth, she stands alone.</p><img src='' />
  • Muhammad Ali Biography Reveals A Flawed Rebel Who Loved Attention
    <p>"I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," says biographer Jonathan Eig. "He was a human being, and he was deeply flawed." <em>Originally broadcast Oct. 4, 2017.</em></p><img src='' />
  • The Tough Wild West — Now With Feelings — In 'The Sisters Brothers'
    <img src='' alt='Charlie (Joaquin Phoenix) and Eli (John C. Reilly) Sisters are a brotherly pair of assassins-for-hire in Jacques Audiard's The Sisters Brothers.'/><p>Joaquin Phoenix and John C. Reilly play a brotherly pair of assassins-for-hire in Jacques Audiard's latest film. Critic Justin Chang calls <em>The Sisters Brothers </em>a "funny, stirring, brutal story."</p><p>(Image credit: Magali Bragard/Annapurna Pictures)</p><img src='' />
  • Fast-Paced And Proudly Unusual, 'Maniac' Dives Into The Mysteries Of The Mind
    <p>Jonah Hill and Emma Stone star in a new, 10-part Netflix series about the psychological exploration of alternative realities and identities. Critic David Bianculli says <em>Maniac</em> is "a blast."</p><img src='' />
  • Maggie Gyllenhaal Takes On The Power Imbalance Of Sex Work In 'The Deuce'
    <img src='' alt='Maggie Gyllenhaal stars as a sex worker who gets off the streets by becoming an actress in — and then a director of — porn films in HBO's The Deuce. She's also a producer on the series. '/><p>When the creators of HBO's <em>The Deuce</em> approached Gyllenhaal about starring as a sex worker on the show, she accepted the role — but only if she could produce as well as act.</p><p>(Image credit: Paul Schiraldi/HBO)</p><img src='' />
  • Aaron Lee Tasjan Mixes Yearning Vocals And Strong Guitar On 'Karma For Cheap'
    <p>Tasjan has played in bluegrass festivals and also opened for punk bands. Critic Ken Tucker says regardless of the musical genre, the singer-songwriter's third album "proves its worth."</p><img src='' />
  • Manafort's Guilty Plea Details His Entanglement With Russian-Backed Oligarchs
    <p><em>New York Times</em> reporter Ken Vogel says that Paul Manafort engaged in illegal lobbying to burnish the image of Viktor Yanukovych, the authoritarian president of Ukraine.</p><img src='' />
  • Memoirist: Evangelical Purity Movement Sees Women's Bodies As A 'Threat'
    <img src='' alt='When she was 13, Linda Kay Klein joined an evangelical church that valued sexual purity. She recounts her experiences in the memoir Pure.'/><p>In <em>Pure</em>, Linda Kay Klein reflects on the "deep, long-lasting shame" caused by churches that claim women and girls are responsible for the sexual desires of men.</p><p>(Image credit: Jami Saunders Photography/Simon & Schuster)</p><img src='' />