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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

Our Aging And Unstable Electrical Grid

In her new book, 'The Grid,' Gretchen Bakke argues that the under-funded power grid is incapable of taking the U.S. into a new energy future. Bakke says, "We can make a lot more electricity than we can use, and we can make more electricity than the grid can carry, but the grid is the weakest link." Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews 'Let Me Tell You,' by Danish composer Hans Abrahamsen in collaboration with soprano and conductor Barbara Hannigan.

Best Of: Julie Klausner Of 'Difficult People' / The 'Microbes Within Us'

Julie Klausner plays an unsuccessful comic who quips about celebrities in her Hulu series, 'Difficult People.' She says that she and her co-star Billy Eichner bonded over their shared love of show business and pop culture. John Powers reviews 'War Dogs,' a new comedy about the business of war. Science writer Ed Yong says billions of microbes that live on and within our bodies affect digestion, immunity, body weight and general health. His new book is 'I Contain Multitudes.'

'Disgruntled' Novelist Drew From Her Own Childhood

Asali Solomon's novel 'Disgruntled' is about a girl growing up in West Philadelphia whose parents were black nationalists. "My parents taught us to revere Africa — people at school made fun of Africa," she says. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares a batch of previously unknown Charlie Parker performances. John Powers reviews the new satirical film 'War Dogs' starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill.

Microbes: 'Our Partners In Life'

Science writer Ed Yong says billions of microbes that live on and within our bodies affect digestion, immunity, body weight and general health. His new book is 'I Contain Multitudes.' Also, Milo Miles reviews the 'Best Of' album from Brazilian trio Bossacucanova.

'Hillbilly Elegy' Author J.D. Vance

Vance grew up in a Rust Belt town in Ohio, in a family from the hills of eastern Kentucky. His new memoir details the social isolation, poverty, and addiction that afflict poor white communities. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album 'Rattle and Roar' from The Earls of Leicester.

Snark Aside, Julie Klausner Says 'Difficult People' Is Inspired By Love

Klausner plays an unsuccessful comic who quips about celebrities in her Hulu series, 'Difficult People.' She says that she and her co-star Billy Eichner bonded over their shared love of show business and pop culture. Biologist Bill Streever talks about sailing from Texas to Guatemala while doing research for his book, 'And Soon I heard a Roaring Wind.'