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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

The Wild Saga Of The Kidnapping, Crimes & Trial Of Patty Hearst

Hearst was abducted in 1974 and then declared allegiance to her captors. Legal expert Jeffrey Toobin does not believe Hearst was brainwashed, but rather, "responded rationally to the circumstances." His book 'American Heiress' is now out in paperback. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'The Circle,' starring Tom Hanks.

For NYT Obit Writers, 'Death Is Never Solicitous Of A Deadline'

Bruce Weber and Margalit Fox have written obituaries for thousands of people, ranging from heads of state to the inventor of the Etch-a-Sketch. They are featured in the new documentary 'Obit.' Also, Ken Tucker reviews Kendrick Lamar's album 'Damn.'

'Veep' Exec. Producer Frank Rich

Rich says the HBO series is about the "craven desire for power." Rich also writes a column for 'New York' magazine about the intersection of politics and pop culture. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews 'The Handmaid's Tale,' which was released today on Hulu.

Inside Bellevue Hospital's Psychiatric Prison Ward

Dr. Elizabeth Ford treated mentally ill inmates in New York City for more than a decade. It was almost universal, she says, that they suffered abuse or significant neglect as children. Her book is 'Sometimes Amazing Things Happen.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead celebrates Ella Fitzgerald's 100th birthday.

The 'Phenomenon' That Changed MLB Pitcher Rick Ankiel's Life

Ankiel entered the major leagues in 1999 as an extremely gifted pitcher, then one day he suddenly lost it. His new memoir, 'The Phenomenon,' describes his struggle with an anxiety condition called "the Yips," as we'll as his unlikely comeback. Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the book 'Hourglass' by Dani Shapiro

Best Of: Former Obama White House Staffer / 'The Secret Life Of Dictionaries'

Alyssa Mastromonaco worked in the Obama White House for six exhilarating and exhausting years. She talks about running on adrenaline, planning for worst case scenarios, and wearing Snuggies on Air Force One. Her new memoir is 'Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?' Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'A Quiet Passion.' Merriam-Webster lexicographer Kory Stamper talks about how words (like "f-bomb") are added to the dictionary, finding the first-known use of a word, and how English continues to evolve. Her book is 'Word by Word.'