Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Photographer William Christenberry / Country Singer Charlie Rich

Christenberry, who died on Monday, drew on his childhood experiences in the rural South. One of his pieces was inspired by an encounter he had with a Klansman. [Originally broadcast in 1997] Charlie Rich, who died in 1995, was known for "countrypolitan" music, which featured orchestral arrangements and backup singers. A new Rich tribute album has just been released. [Originally broadcast in 1992.] Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Jackie,' a biopic about Jacqueline Kennedy.

Trump's Potential Conflicts Of Interest: 'They're Everywhere'

'New York Times' reporter Eric Lipton warns that Donald Trump could take actions as president that would benefit his business holdings, and "it wouldn't be a formal ethics violation," Lipton says. Also jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews prolific guitarist Mary Halvorson's album 'Away with You.'

'Manchester By The Sea' Director Kenneth Lonergan

Kenneth Lonergan's new film is about a janitor (Casey Affleck), crippled by guilt and grief, who returns to his hometown after the death of his brother. Also, critic at large John Powers reviews two works that confront the refugee crisis.

LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones

Jones became an activist after Harvey Milk's assassination, and he lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He says, "There are some days when it is so painful that I really can barely function." He conceived the AIDS Memorial Quilt in 1985. His memoir is 'When We Rise.'

Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher was an insecure 19-year-old when she appeared as Princess Leia in the first Star Wars movie, a role that would come to define her career. She tells Terry Gross that despite becoming romantically involved with her older, married co-star, Harrison Ford, she often felt isolated on set. Fisher has a new memoir, called 'The Princess Diarist.' Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews the national touring production of the Broadway musical "An American in Paris.'

Best Of: Zadie Smith / Trevor Noah

Writer Zadie Smith talks about nostalgia and why she likes talking to people with whom she disagrees. Her new novel is 'Swing Time.' Also, 'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, 'Born a Crime.' Noah says writing the book helped him see that his mother was the real hero of his story.