Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

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.

The Handsome Family

Married couple Rennie and Brett Sparks have been writing songs together for 21 years. Their latest album, 'Unseen,' is based on their experiences living in the desert in the southwest. Their best-known song, 'Far From Any Road,' was the theme song for the first season of the HBO series 'True Detective.'

Best Of: Roast Comic Jeff Ross / Soccer Champion Abby Wambach

Jeff Ross says he learned to "dish it out and take it" as a kid in Newark, N.J. He says that ideally a celebrity roast is "like a party where everybody goes and has a good time." David Edelstein reviews 'Snowden,' a film by Oliver Stone. Abby Wambach scored 184 goals, more than any other man or woman in the history of international soccer. Still, she knew that someday that identity would end — and "what then?" Her new memoir is 'Forward.'

The 'Racial Cleansing' Of Forsyth County, GA

In 1912, white mobs set fire to black churches and black-owned businesses. Eventually the entire black population of Forsyth County was driven out, says 'Blood at the Root' author Patrick Phillips. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews an album from Jim Black's trio.

Champion Soccer Player Abby Wambach

Wambach scored 184 goals, more than any other man or woman in the history of international soccer. Still, she knew that someday that identity would end — and "what then?" Her new memoir is 'Forward.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Loner,' a novel by Teddy Wayne.

Roast Comic Jeff Ross

Jeff Ross says he learned to "dish it out and take it" as a kid in Newark, N.J. He says that ideally a celebrity roast is "like a party where everybody goes and has a good time."