Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Jazz Pianist Dave Frishberg / Ray Manzarek

Frishberg is known for such witty songs as "Peel Me A Grape," "I'm Hip," and several songs from TV's 'Schoolhouse Rock.' He spoke with Terry in 1991. He has a new memoir. Also, to mark the 50th anniversary of The Doors' single "Light My Fire" hitting No. 1 on the Billboard chart, we listen back to Manzarek talk about coming up with his keyboard part. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Detroit,' directed by Kathryn Bigelow.

The Unique Challenges Of Covering President Trump

'New York Times' Chief White House correspondent Peter Baker has covered the last four presidents. He says President Trump has crossed so many boundaries that "it's easy to become inured to it."

The 'Great Quake' That Changed Our Understanding Of The Planet

Science writer Henry Fountain says the deadly quake that shook Alaska in 1964 was so loud some thought it was the beginning of World War III. His new book is 'The Great Quake.' Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews a biography of noir writer Chester Himes, and Kevin Whitehead reviews an album from saxophonist JD Allen's quartet.

Jessica Williams

The '2 Dope Queens' co-host talks about growing up in a religious family, landing a job on 'The Daily Show' at 22, and why she feels she can "never be average." Williams stars in the new Netflix film 'The Incredible Jessica James.' Also, linguist Geoff Nunberg discusses the ubiquitous references to a single sentence of Jane Austen's work.

Inside The Global Seed Vault

Cary Fowler discusses his new book, 'Seeds on Ice,' about a tunnel near the North Pole where hundreds of thousands of crop varieties are being stored in case of a catastrophe. Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Out in the Storm' by Waxahatchee.

Best Of: Billy Bragg / 'Crime And Punishment In Black America'

The British singer-songwriter writes about skiffle, a music movement inspired by American roots music, in his new book 'Roots, Radicals and Rockers.' He brings his guitar to the studio to play skiffle and some of his own songs. Also, James Forman Jr., son of civil rights activists, says that African-American leaders seeking to combat drugs and crime often supported policies that disproportionately targeted the black community. His book is 'Locking Up Our Own.'