Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Trans Punk Rocker Laura Jane Grace

The founder of the band Against Me! felt so conflicted about gender growing up that she thought she was schizophrenic. Grace transitioned in 2012, and speaks with Terry Gross about how her music and life have changed since then. The band's new album is 'Shape Shift With Me,' and Grace's memoir is 'Tranny: Confessions of Punk Rock's Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout.'

A 'Global Quest' For A Better Tax System

Why is filing taxes in the U.S. so complicated, expensive and time-consuming? When it comes to taxes, author T.R. Reid says other countries have done "what the U.S. Congress evidently can't do — they've made it simple." His new book is 'A Fine Mess.' Ken Tucker reviews a new album from Tennessee singer-songwriter Valerie June.

Best Of: 'Monsters' Illustrator Emil Ferris / The 'Risk' Of For-Profit Colleges

After West Nile virus left her paralyzed, Chicago illustrator Emil Ferris had to relearn how to draw. She says that experience was key to the creation of her first graphic novel, 'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Devil and Webster.' Tressie McMillan Cottom worked as an enrollment officer at two for-profit colleges, but quit because she felt uncomfortable selling students an education they couldn't afford. She says that for-profit colleges can exploit racial, gender and economic inequality. Her book is 'Lower Ed.'

How 5 Hollywood Directors Filmed WWII

During World War II, the military worked with famous Hollywood directors to create movies to both boost morale back home and document the devastation overseas. Mark Harris' book, 'Five Came Back,' is the basis for a new Netflix docuseries. [Originally broadcast March 2014.]

'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters' Graphic Novelist Emil Ferris

After contracting West Nile virus and becoming temporarily paralyzed, Chicago illustrator Emil Ferris had to relearn how to draw. She says that experience was key to the publication of 'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters.'

Cyber War & North Korea's Nuclear Threat

'New York Times' reporter David Sanger talks about North Korea's nuclear program and warns that the regime, which has been "fodder for late night comedians for many many years," is no joke. Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'One of the Boys,' about a corrosive father-son relationship.