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

  • Fresh Air Weekend: Loudon Wainwright III; 'Jerry Before Seinfeld'; 'The Vietnam War'
    <img src='' alt='American soldiers advance through a rice paddy during the Vietnam War.'/><p>Wainwright opens up about the "exes & excess" that inform his music. David Bianculli reviews Jerry Seinfeld's new Netflix special. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick discuss their PBS documentary series.</p><p>(Image credit: PBS)</p><img src='' />
  • Jazz Pianist Harold Mabern Is In Full Command On 'To Love And Be Loved'
    <p>Mabern has worked as a pianist for more than half a century. Now he brings brings his confident style and sense of musical history to his latest album, <em>To Love And Be Loved.</em></p><img src='' />
  • 'Battle Of The Sexes' Revisits Billie Jean King's Historic Win Against Bobby Riggs
    <p>Emma Stone stars as King in a breezy new film that carries us back to '73, and the heyday of the women's lib movement. Critic John Powers says the message of <em>Battle of the Sexes </em>still resonates today.</p><img src='' />
  • Pioneer Billie Jean King Moved The Baseline For Women's Tennis
    <p>King's 1973 exhibition match with self-proclaimed male chauvinist Bobby Riggs is now the subject of the new film, <em>Battle of the Sexes.</em> The 20-time Wimbledon champ spoke to <em>Fresh Air</em> on Sept. 12, 2013.</p><img src='' />
  • In 'Vietnam War,' Ken Burns Wrestles With The Conflict's Contradictions
    <img src='' alt='American soldiers advance through a rice paddy during the Vietnam War.'/><p>Burns says he and co-director Lynn Novick initially thought they understood the Vietnam War. But when they started putting together their new PBS series, they realized, "We knew nothing."</p><p>(Image credit: PBS)</p><img src='' />
  • 'Trophy' Reveals The Convoluted Economics Of African Big Game Hunting
    <p>Shaul Schwarz's new documentary explores the complex relationship between hunters and conservationist. Critic David Edelstein praises the "tangled sympathies" <em>Trophy </em>elicits.</p><img src='' />
  • Novel 'Forest Dark' And Dog Book 'Afterglow' Consider The Meaning Of Life
    <img src='' alt='Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss and Afterglow (a dog memoir) by Eileen Myles'/><p>Critic Maureen Corrigan reviews two books that use experimental forms to tackle weighty topics. "Both of these odd new books offer something special," she says.</p><p>(Image credit: Christina Ascani/NPR)</p><img src='' />
  • Jerry Seinfeld's New Netflix Special Puts His Comic Life Into Perspective
    <img src='' alt='In his new special, Jerry Seinfeld revisits the shop window where he first decided try stand-up and the comedy club where he became a regular in the summer of 1976.'/><p>After more than 40 years in the business, Seinfeld revisits the clubs where he got his start. Critic David Bianculli says <em>Jerry Before Seinfeld</em> will make you laugh — a lot.</p><p>(Image credit: Netflix)</p><img src='' />
  • 'Cuz' Examines The Tragic Life And Death Of A Young Black Man In LA
    <p>Danielle Allen's memoir centers on her cousin Michael, who was sentenced to a long prison term for carjacking when he was 15. Three years after his release, he was found shot to death in a parked car.</p><img src='' />
  • Matthew Sweet's Melodic Hooks Tug At The Heart On 'Tomorrow Forever'
    <p>Sweet recalls the time just before rock 'n' roll became self-consciously "rock" on his first album of new songs in six years. Critic Ken Tucker calls the music on <em>Tomorrow Forever </em>"wholly unironic."</p><img src='' />

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