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

  • Reporter Shows The Links Between The Men Behind Brexit And The Trump Campaign
    <p>Carole Cadwalladr's investigation into Cambridge Analytica's role in Brexit led her to Russian connections and the Trump campaign. She says British investigators are working "closely with the FBI."</p><img src='' />
  • Nostalgia (And Norovirus) Make For A Novel 'Last Cruise'
    <img src='' alt='The Last Cruise, by Kate Christensen'/><p>A vintage ocean liner stops dead in the water in Kate Christensen's latest. Critic Maureen Corrigan says the voyage is an "entertaining and elegantly written story about social class."</p><p>(Image credit: Samantha Clark/NPR)</p><img src='' />
  • Director Bo Burnham On Growing Up With Anxiety — And An Audience
    <img src='' alt='Elsie Fisher stars as a shy 13-year-old girl who creates YouTube videos about how to be confident in Eighth Grade.'/><p>The former YouTube star explores adolescence in the age of social media in his film <em>Eighth Grade. </em>"This awful D-list celebrity pressure I had experienced onstage has now been democratized," he says.</p><p>(Image credit: A24)</p><img src='' />
  • Virtual Band Gorillaz Brings Intimacy And Eager Energy To 'The Now Now'
    <p>Co-created by visual artist Jamie Hewlett and musician Damon Albarn, Gorillaz is fronted by four animated characters — but critic Ken Tucker says there's "nothing cartoonish" about the new album.</p><img src='' />
  • How Dark Money, Gerrymandering And Democratic Complacency Altered Wisconsin Politics
    <p>Dan Kaufman, author of <em>The Fall of Wisconsin,</em> says the state's experienced a conservative transformation in recent years — despite a tradition of progressive politics dating back to the 19th century.</p><img src='' />
  • Opinion: U.S. And U.K. Remain United, Not Divided, By Their Common Language
    <p>Linguist Geoff Nunberg says none of the differences between American and British English would be interesting if the nations didn't share a core vocabulary grown from a common literary tradition.</p><img src='' />
  • Thoughtful Documentary Brings Viewers 'Inside' The Mind Of Robin Williams
    <p>A new HBO documentary<em> </em>explores great work — and complicated private life — of the late actor and comedian. Critic David Bianculli says <em>Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind </em>is best when it gets serious.</p><img src='' />
  • Punk Legend And Memoirist Viv Albertine On A Lifetime Of Fighting The Patriarchy
    <img src='' alt='Viv Albertine was a guitarist and lyricist for the punk band The Slits. She is also the author of two memoirs.'/><p>"What we conjured up ... was that we weren't going to try and be this constructed ideal of femininity," Albertine says of her band's approach. She recently released a memoir, <em>To Throw Away Unopened</em>.</p><p>(Image credit: Courtesy Faber & Faber)</p><img src='' />
  • Fresh Air Weekend: Trump And Fox News; The Science Behind Fish Oil Supplements
    <img src='' alt='President Trump has the phone numbers of prominent Fox News personalities, says Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman. "He will call them to suggest story ideas or to compliment them, and when they go on the air, they are thinking of ways to speak directly to the president."'/><p><em>Vanity Fair</em>'s Gabriel Sherman says the president and Fox News host Sean Hannity "speak almost daily." David Edelstein reviews <em>Three Identical Strangers. </em>Paul Greenberg discusses fish oil supplement.</p><p>(Image credit: Richard Drew/AP)</p><img src='' />
  • Remembering 1950s Hollywood Heartthrob Tab Hunter
    <p>Hunter, who died Sunday, made more than 50 films, including<em> Damn Yankees, Battle Cry</em> and <em>That Kind of Woman</em>, before coming out as gay later in life. He spoke to <em>Fresh Air</em> in 2005.</p><img src='' />