Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

'The Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster'

Journalist Joshua Partlow was in Afghanistan from 2009 to 2012, a time of corruption, government dysfunction and civilian hostility to U.S. military operations. His new book is 'A Kingdom of Their Own.' Rock historian Ed Ward takes us back to the 1961 fishing trip that launched the Beach Boys.

'Deepwater Horizon' Director Peter Berg

Peter Berg discusses his new film, which recreates the final hours of the oil rig that exploded and sank, causing the BP oil spill. Eleven rig workers died trying to prevent the disaster. Berg also directed 'Friday Night Lights.' Ken Tucker reviews Angel Olsen's new album, 'My Woman.'

Best Of: Director Antoine Fuqua / Opera Singer Ryan Speedo Green

Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 Western, 'The Magnificent Seven,' centers on a band of men who have volunteered to save a village from a greedy mine owner. He says it's a "simple story of [being] in service of others." John Powers reviews the new ABC thriller 'Designated Survivor,' starring Kiefer Sutherland. Ryan Speedo Green grew up in a trailer park and did time in juvenile detention before discovering he had a unique singing voice. He now performs at New York's Metropolitan Opera.

'Narcos' Executive Producer Eric Newman

Before making 'Narcos,' Eric Newman spent years researching drug kingpin Pablo Escobar's story. He says, "For us ... it was very important to show the most balanced look at the [drug] war we possibly could." Also, we remember 'LA Confidential' film director Curtis Hanson in an excerpt of his 1997 interview.

'Magnificent Seven' Director Antoine Fuqua

Antoine Fuqua's remake of the 1960 Western, 'The Magnificent Seven,' centers on a band of men who have volunteered to save a village from a greedy mine owner. He says it's a "simple story of [being] in service of others." John Powers reviews the new ABC thriller 'Designated Survivor,' starring Kiefer Sutherland.

Opera Singer Ryan Speedo Green

Ryan Speedo Green grew up in a trailer park and did time in juvenile detention before discovering he had a unique singing voice. He now performs at New York's Metropolitan Opera. Also, we remember late playwright Edward Albee in an excerpt of his 1984 interview.