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

Recent Episodes

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."

How To Train Your Cat

Feline behavior specialist Sarah Ellis explains how humans can get their cats to come on command, take medicine and stop waking them up at night. Her new book is 'The Trainable Cat.' Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews country singer Kelsey Waldon's new album.

Best Of: Actress Pamela Adlon / Guitarist Nels Cline

Pamela Adlon says her long-time collaboration with Louis C.K. helped hone her writing voice. Her new series for FX, 'Better Things,' is based on her experiences as the single mother of three daughters. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Jonathan Safran Foer's third novel, 'Here I Am.' Known for the avant-garde sound he brings to Wilco, guitarist Nels Cline turns to ballads and jazz standards on his new album, 'Lovers.' He describes it as a "mood-music record" that isn't cheesy.