Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Best Of: The Story of Robert Kennedy/ 'Unbroken Brain'

Journalist Larry Tye talks about Robert F. Kennedy's transformation from stalwart anti-communist to liberal icon. Tye's new biography of Kennedy includes new insights on the early part of Kennedy's career when he worked for Joe McCarthy. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Allen Toussaint's final recording and journalist Maia Szalavitz talks about new ways of understanding and treating addiction. Her book, 'Unbroken Brain,' is based on research as well as personal experience; Szalavitz was addicted to cocaine and heroin from the age of 17 until she was 23.

Comic Jim Gaffigan / Remembering Elie Wiesel

Jim Gaffigan talks about his TV Land series 'The Jim Gaffigan Show,' now in its second season, in which he plays a comic, who like himself, has a wife and five children, doesn't swear in his act, and is a Catholic. Fresh Air remembers Holocaust survivor, witness, writer and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel. He died last Saturday at the age of 87. Also, David Edelstein reviews the new film 'Life, Imagined,' and TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new HBO series 'The Night Of.'

Why 'Tough' Treatment Doesn't Help Drug Addicts

Tough love, interventions and 12-step programs are some of the most common methods of treating drug addiction, but journalist Maia Szalavitz says they're often counterproductive. In her new book, 'Unbroken Brain,' Szalavitz argues against the notion of "addictive personalities" and instead makes the case that addiction is similar to a learning disorder. Her book is based on research as well as personal experience; Szalavitz was addicted to cocaine and heroin from the age of 17 until she was 23. Also book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Underground Airlines,' a new novel of alternate history by Ben H. Winters that imagines the Civil War never happened, and that slavery still exists in a few states.

BONUS: Terry Gross Introduces 'The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified'

'The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified' is a new family-friendly podcast about an intrepid reporter (and radio host!) who foils devious plots and matches wits with cunning villains. It was created by Fresh Air producer John Sheehan. Find it at:

The 'Rise Of The Judicial Right' and 'Eleanor Amplified'

Warren Burger served as chief justice of the Supreme Court from 1969 until 1986. Linda Greenhouse, author of 'The Burger Court,' says those years helped establish the court's conservative legal foundation. Fresh Air producer John Sheehan talks about creating "The Radio Adventures of Eleanor Amplified," a new adventure podcast for kids featuring an intrepid radio reporter who foils plots and outwits crafty villains.

From 'Cold Warrior' To 'Liberal Icon,' The Story Of Robert Kennedy

Robert Kennedy's political transformation is the focus of a new biography by journalist Larry Tye. Kennedy began his career as an assistant counsel on Senator Joe McCarthy's sub-committee investigating communists. When Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, he was the liberal hopeful in the Democratic presidential primary. Larry Tye was given access to 58 boxes of private Kennedy papers, and interviewed 400 people, including Robert Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy.