Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Following The Man Who Created President Trump

Roger Stone, one of Donald Trump's closest political advisers, is a colorful operative who has been accused of dirty tricks and disinformation for decades. Stone tried to convince Trump to run for president for close to 30 years. We talk with Morgan Pehme, co-director of the new Netflix documentary 'Get Me Roger Stone.' Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'War For the Planet of the Apes.'

Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon On 'The Big Sick'

Comic Kumail Nanjiani remembers the first time he thought of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon: when he saw her in a coma. Now the couple has co-written a romantic comedy based on their story called 'The Big Sick.'

Why The Justice Dept. Fails To Prosecute Executives

Only one corporate executive was convicted after the financial meltdown of 2008. Pulitzer Prize-winning 'ProPublica' reporter Jesse Eisinger's new book 'The Chickens*** Club' is about why the Department of Justice reaches settlements with banks and corporations and fails to prosecute executives. Also, commentator Mat Johnson shares a story about losing his hard drive.

Life After Ballet: Wendy Whelan

Wendy Whelan retired from the New York City Ballet at the age of 47, after a hip injury. She wasn't sure she'd ever dance again, but after reconstructive surgery and months of physical therapy, she briefly returned to the dance company that had been her home for 30 years. The new documentary 'Restless Creature' focuses on that period, when her identity was shattered. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'Golden Hill.'

Best Of: 'How To Be A Muslim' / 'Daring To Drive'

"Professional Muslim" Haroon Moghul says, "Every time something bad happens you're called upon to apologize. ... Your entire identity is pegged to events in other parts of the world." His new book 'How to Be a Muslim' is about his experience as a first-generation Pakistani-American. Ken Tucker reviews an album of new material from late rock icon Chuck Berry. In protest of Saudi Arabia's de facto ban on women driving, Manal al-Sharif filmed herself driving and posted it on YouTube. She was arrested, but after expressions of outrage from around the world, she was eventually released. Her new memoir is 'Daring to Drive.'

'How To Be A Muslim'

"Professional Muslim" Haroon Moghul says, "Every time something bad happens you're called upon to apologize. ... Your entire identity is pegged to events in other parts of the world." His new book 'How to Be a Muslim' is about his experience as a first-generation Pakistani-American, being diagnosed with bipolar disorder, and building the Islamic Center at NYU. Also, Ken Tucker reviews a new album from Swedish singer-songwriter Jens Lekman.