Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

The 'Secret Lives' Of American Girls / Author Victor LaValle

Journalist Nancy Jo Sales says the Internet fosters a kind of sexism that is harmful to teen girls. Her new book is 'American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers.' Also, author Victor LaValle loved reading the horror stories of H.P. Lovecraft as a kid. It wasn't until later that LaValle recognized the racism in Lovecraft's work and felt the need to respond. His new book is 'The Ballad of Black Tom.'

Best Of: Maggie Smith / 'Hap And Leonard' Mystery Writer

Known for her recent work in 'Downton Abbey' and the 'Harry Potter' films, the Oscar-winning actress now stars in 'The Lady in the Van,' a film about an elderly woman who lived in a van for 15 years. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'All My Yesterdays' by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. Also, author Joe R. Lansdale grew up poor in east Texas and worked as a janitor and in a potato field before finding success as a writer. 'Honky Tonk Samurai' is the latest book in his 'Hap and Leonard' mystery series.

Creators Of 'Spotlight' & 'The Big Short'

Both movies are nominated for Best Picture. 'Spotlight' chronicles the team of journalists who uncovered the clergy sex abuse scandal in Boston. 'The Big Short' is about the people who foresaw and warned of the collapse of the global economy. Directors Tom McCarthy (with former Boston Globe reporter Walter Robinson) and Adam McKay talk about their respective films.

Going For Broke: Atlantic City Falls On Hard Times

Once a grand seaside destination, Atlantic City now faces the prospect of a takeover by the state of New Jersey. Historian Bryant Simon and reporter Amy Rosenberg discuss the city's rise and fall.

Author Joe R. Lansdale On Writing "To Get All The Junk Out"

Joe R. Lansdale grew up poor in east Texas and worked as a janitor and in a potato field before finding success as a writer. 'Honky Tonk Samurai' is the latest book in his 'Hap and Leonard' mystery series. Also, the French government is eliminating the circumflex (the little hat-shaped accent that sits on certain vowels.) Linguist Geoff Nunberg wonders why we don't have similar spelling controversies in English. Finally, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'All My Yesterdays' by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis.

Maggie Smith

Known for her recent work in 'Downton Abbey' and the 'Harry Potter' films, the Oscar-winning actress now stars in 'The Lady in the Van,' a film about an elderly woman who lived in a van for 15 years. Also, Ken Tucker reviews Bonnie Raitt's new album 'Dig in Deep.'