Fresh Air

Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.

Recent Episodes

Best Of: Writer Amy Tan / Director Noah Baumbach

Amy Tan explores the contradictions of her upbringing in the memoir, 'Where the Past Begins.' In it, she connects her experiences with spirituality to those of her parents and of her maternal grandmother, who was a concubine. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Death in the Air.' Noah Baumbach's new film 'The Meyerowitz Stories,' now on Netflix, mixes comedy with deep emotional pain. It revolves around three adult siblings whose father is a self-absorbed sculptor.

Author John Green On OCD, Death, And Writing About Teens

Green's phenomenally popular young adult novel 'The Fault in Our Stars' is about a relationship between two teens with cancer. His new novel 'Turtles All The Way Down' is about a 16 year-old girl with OCD, which Green has, too. TV Critic David Bianculli reviews the new Hulu documentary 'Too Funny To Fail.'

'The Danger Of President Pence'

Though President Trump ran as an outsider, 'New Yorker' writer Jane Mayer describes his vice president as "the connective tissue" between Trump and the billionaire donors in the Republican party. Mayer talks about how Pence became vice president, and what kind of president he might be if Trump doesn't serve his full term.

Amy Tan On 'Where The Past Begins'

Tan explores the contradictions of her upbringing in the memoir, 'Where the Past Begins.' In it, she connects her experiences with spirituality to those of her parents and of her maternal grandmother, who was a concubine. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Death in the Air.'

'Why We Sleep'

Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says sleep deficiency is associated with problems with concentration, memory, the immune system and shorter lifespans. Walker discusses the effects of caffeine, alcohol, sleeping pills and some tips to help you sleep better. His book is 'Why We Sleep.' Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews the documentary 'Faces Places.'

Best Of: Jimmy Fallon / Daniel Mendelsohn

The 'Tonight Show' host talks with Terry Gross about his new children's book, being entertaining in times of tragedy, and the biggest thing he learned from his time at 'SNL.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares an appreciation of Thelonious Monk, for the centennial of his birth. Author Daniel Mendelsohn says having his 81-year-old father in the college seminar he was teaching about 'The Odyssey' led to an unexpected bonding. His book is 'An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic.'