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: Rachel Maddow On The Lessons Of Spiro Agnew; John C. Reilly
    <img src='' alt='Then-President Richard Nixon and Vice President Spiro Agnew wave to the crowd at the Republican National Convention in 1972. Agnew would resign a year later.'/><p>Maddow and her former producer Mike Yarvitz revisit the Agnew story in the podcast<em> Bag Man</em>. Justin Chang reviews M. Night Shyamalan's<strong> </strong><em>Glass</em>. Reilly plays Oliver Hardy in the new film <em>Stan & Ollie.</em></p><p>(Image credit: AP)</p><img src='' />
  • M. Night Shyamalan's Superhero Thriller 'Glass' Overflows With Preposterousness
    <p>Shyamalan's latest film stars Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy in an eccentric, perilously self-indulgent sequel that braids together two previous movies: <em>Unbreakable </em>and <em>Split.</em></p><img src='' />
  • Memoirist Retraces Her Journey From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge Ph.D.
    <p>Growing up, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. She writes about her transition into the mainstream in <em>Educated</em>. <em>Originally broadcast Feb. 20, 2018. </em></p><img src='' />
  • How Ted Kennedy's '80 Challenge To President Carter 'Broke The Democratic Party'
    <p>Journalist Jon Ward talks about the chaos that led Kennedy to challenge Carter for the Democratic nomination — and the long-lasting damage it did to the party. Ward's new book is <em>Camelot's End.</em></p><img src='' />
  • Breezy And Irreverent 'Brexit' Captures Big Truths About Today's Politics
    <img src='' alt='Benedict Cumberbatch plays Dominic Cummings, the top strategist for Britain's "Leave" campaign in the HBO film Brexit.'/><p>Benedict Cumberbatch stars as the top strategist for Britain's "Leave" campaign in a new HBO film that offers a jaunty — if incomplete — take on the UK's pending departure from the EU.</p><p>(Image credit: Nick Wall/HBO)</p><img src='' />
  • 2 New Albums Confirm Thelonious Monk's Genius As A Composer
    <p>Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two new interpretations of Monk's complete works: <em>Monk's Dreams</em>, by pianist Frank Kimbrough, and <em>Work</em>, by guitarist Miles Okazaki.</p><img src='' />
  • How The 1965 Immigration Act Made America A Nation Of Immigrants
    <p>For many years, U.S. immigration favored immigrants from northern Europe. NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten explains how a 1965 law changed things — and led to the current debate about border security.</p><img src='' />
  • 'Ghost Wall' Is An Eerie Coming-Of-Age Tale That Begs For A Second Read
    <img src='' alt='Cover detail of Ghost Wall, by Sarah Moss'/><p>Sarah Moss' beautifully written novel is set in the 1970s in the rugged countryside of the far north of England, where a group of campers are reenacting the daily lives of Iron Age Britons.</p><p>(Image credit: Farrar, Straus and Giroux)</p><img src='' />
  • John C. Reilly On The Comedy Of Laurel And Hardy: 'It's Almost Like A Ballet'
    <img src='' alt='Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly star as the comedy duo Laurel and Hardy in the film Stan & Ollie. '/><p>"The brilliant thing about their work when you watch it, it seems so nonchalant," Reilly says of the iconic slapstick duo. He plays Oliver Hardy in the new film <em>Stan & Ollie.</em></p><p>(Image credit: Sony Pictures Classics)</p><img src='' />
  • New Recording Of 'Doctor Atomic' May Be The Opera's Definitive Performance
    <p>John Adams' opera, which premiered in 2005, centers on the first atomic bomb test at Los Alamos, N.M. Now, a new album features a recording of <em>Doctor Atomic </em>conducted by the composer himself.</p><img src='' />