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

Recent Episodes

Bridget Everett / John Cho

Comic and cabaret singer Bridget Everett (seen on 'Inside Amy Schumer') talks about her raunchy act, the music she grew up singing, and her role in the new film 'Patti Cake$.' Also, actor John Cho joins producer Ann Marie Baldonado to talk about 'Columbus,' culture clashes with his immigrant parents, and the first time he read the 'Harold and Kumar' script.

In Trump's Gov't, 'The Regulated Have Become The Regulators'

Eric Lipton of 'The New York Times' says lobbyists now working for the government are leading a regulatory roll back that is benefiting the industries they used to represent. TV critic David Bianculli reviews Netflix's 'The Defenders.'

Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia & Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

Brooks' stable childhood with parents Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft stands in contrast to the wild stories he tells in novels like 'World War Z' and 'Minecraft: The Island.' Ken Tucker reviews the new reissued, remastered versions of Nick Lowe albums.

Poet Imagines Life Inside A Notorious Colony For The Disabled

Molly McCully Brown, who has cerebral palsy, grew up near the former Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feebleminded. In her new collection of poems, she imagines life inside the colony. Brown also talks about faith, the death of her twin sister, and how her body and poetry are connected. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a concert recording of the Bill Evans Trio.

Best Of: Tom Perrotta / The Unusual Story Of The Kellogg Brothers

Perrotta's previous books 'Election' and 'Little Children' were made into films, and 'The Leftovers' became an HBO series. His new book, 'Mrs. Fletcher,' tells the story of a single mother whose only child has left for college. Perrotta says the book was inspired by the upheaval he experienced when his own kids moved out. John Powers reviews the new Criterion release of Albert Brooks' 1985 film 'Lost in America.' A century ago, two brothers took the world by storm with their mass-produced boxed cereal. Medical historian Howard Markel chronicles their contentious relationship and their prescient and troubling concepts of wellness.

Remembering Broadway Legend Barbara Cook

Cook, who starred in Broadway shows like 'The Music Man' and 'Candide, died on Tuesday at 89. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2016 about her struggle with addiction and her second career as a cabaret singer. Justin Chang reviews the film 'Good Time' starring Robert Pattinson.