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

  • 'It Looked Impossible': New Film Follows Free Climbers Up The 'Dawn Wall'
    <img src='' alt='Tommy Caldwell uses "tiny razorblade edges" in the rock wall to support his body weight on El Capitan's Dawn Wall.'/><p>Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson were the first to free climb to the top of the southeastern face of Yosemite's El Capitan. "It's as sheer and as vertical as the side of a skyscraper," Jorgeson says.</p><p>(Image credit: Brett Lowell/Red Bull Media House)</p><img src='' />
  • Sumptuous And Gloriously Alive, 'The Favourite' Is The Best Costume Drama In Ages
    <p>Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz vie for the favor an ailing Queen Anne in a new comedy-drama set in the 18th century. Justin Chang says it's director Yorgos Lanthimos' most "emotionally resonant work."</p><img src='' />
  • Women Fall For Mr. Wrong In Crime Dramas 'Dirty John' And 'Escape From Dannemora'
    <p>John Powers reviews two new series based on true crime stories. <em>Dannemora</em> dramatizes the story of a 2015 prison break. <em>Dirty John</em> follows the delusions and dangers of a woman falling for a conman.</p><img src='' />
  • Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen On Singing Cowboys And Working With Oxen
    <p>The Coen brothers pay homage to old Westerns with their new film, <em>The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.</em> The movie is a collection of six stories that often subvert the expectations of the genre.</p><img src='' />
  • Fresh Air Weekend: Bugs And Bacteria In Your Home; Actor Steven Yeun
    <img src='' alt='Humans would do better to accept many of the life forms that share our space, than to scrub them all away, says ecologist Rob Dunn.'/><p>Ecologist Rob Dunn talks about the tiny life forms living in different parts of the home. Geoff Nunberg explains why "nationalist" is his pick for word of the year. Yeun discusses his film <em>Burning</em>.</p><p>(Image credit: Basic Books )</p><img src='' />
  • 40 Years Later, Jonestown Offers A Lesson In Demagoguery
    <p>In 1978, more than 900 followers of the Rev. Jim Jones committed mass suicide in Guyana. Jeff Guinn explains how Jones captivated so many in <em>The Road to Jonestown. Originally broadcast April 11, 2017.</em></p><img src='' />
  • The Twists And Turns In 'Little Drummer Girl' Are Pure Le Carré
    <img src='' alt='Florence Pugh plays an actress who attempts to infiltrate a terrorist cell in the new AMC miniseries The Little Drummer Girl.'/><p>An actress is charged with infiltrating a terrorist cell in a new AMC miniseries based on John Le Carré's 1983 novel. David Bianculli says it's one of 2018's most tense and well-acted TV thrillers.</p><p>(Image credit: Jonathan Olley/AMC/Ink Factory)</p><img src='' />
  • Crackling Heist Thriller 'Widows' Takes On Issues Of Race, Class And Gender
    <p>Steve McQueen's new film centers on four women who come together to pull off a $5 million robbery. Critic Justin Chang says as gripping as it is, <em>Widows</em> never feels like mere escapism.</p><img src='' />
  • Inside The Russian Disinformation Playbook: Exploit Tension, Sow Chaos
    <p>A new video series by<em> New York Times</em> reporter Adam Ellick explores Russia's role in spreading fake news, dating back to the '80s conspiracy theory that the AIDS virus was created by the U.S. military.</p><img src='' />
  • Steven Yeun Won't Say Whether Or Not His 'Burning' Character Is A Psychopath
    <p>The <em>Walking Dead</em> actor plays a South Korean playboy who may or may not be murdering his girlfriends in <em>Burning</em>. "To this day, I'm the only one who knows who Ben really is," Yeun says of the character.</p><img src='' />