Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley

The Grammy Award-winning bluegrass pioneer died yesterday at 89. Stanley spoke with Terry Gross in 2002, after his work on the 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' soundtrack. Also, the Broadway revival of the 1963 musical 'She Loves Me' will be streamed live on June 30. Director Scott Ellis and lyricist Sheldon Harnick talk about the show.

Tony Hale Of 'Veep' & 'Arrested Development'

Hale played Buster on 'Arrested Development' and is Gary Walsh on the HBO series, 'Veep.' "There's a reason why I do anxious characters," he says. "It comes from a lot of personal anxiety." Also, Fresh Air commentator Mat Johnson reads his essay about the vanishing middle class.

Forgotten History: How The New England Colonists Embraced The Slave Trade

Historian Wendy Warren, author of 'New England Bound,' says the early colonists imported African slaves and enslaved and exported Native Americans. Rock historian Ed Ward tells the story of the little-known '70s band Eggs Over Easy. Then, commentator Sarah Hepola says she relied on alcohol to give her the adventurous sex life of a strong, liberated woman. But when she gave up drinking, she had to figure out something else — what she really wanted.

Fish Have Feelings, Too / Ellie Kemper

Jonathan Balcombe, author of 'What a Fish Knows,' says that fish have a conscious awareness — or "sentience" — that allows them to experience pain, recognize individual humans and have memory. Also, Ellie Kemper, star of the Netflix series 'Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,' talks to Fresh Air producer Ann Marie Baldonado.

Best Of: 'O.J.: Made In America' / 'Sweetbitter' Author Stephanie Danler

Director Ezra Edelman and legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin discuss the 5-part ESPN documentary series about the O.J. Simpson case and L.A.'s history of racial tension. Ken Tucker reviews singer-songwriter Margaret Glaspy's album 'Emotions and Math.' Former restaurant worker Stephanie Danler drew on her experience in the industry for her debut novel, 'Sweetbitter,' about a naïve 22-year old who goes to NYC and gets a job at an upscale restaurant.