Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Is Yellowstone In Danger Of Being 'Loved To Death'?

Each year, the park attracts millions of visitors and provides a home to countless animal species. But National Geographic journalist David Quammen warns that balancing tourism and preservation can be tricky. Ken Tucker reviews 'A Cure For Loneliness' by Peter Wolf.

Best Of: W. Kamau Bell / 'Shugs & Fats'

Comic W. Kamau Bell is taking his political and social satire to CNN, where he's hosting a new docu-series called 'United Shades of America.' He describes himself as having made a living finding humor in the parts of America he doesn't understand. Kevin Whitehead reviews jazz guitarist Julian Lage's album 'Arclight.' Comics Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz play Muslim immigrants dealing with speed dating, cat calls and other aspects of life in secular New York in their sketch-comedy series 'Shugs & Fats.'

Comic W. Kamau Bell

Comic W. Kamau Bell is taking his political and social satire to CNN, where he's hosting a new docu-series called 'United Shades of America.' He describes himself as having made a living finding humor in the parts of America he doesn't understand. The original premise of the series was a black guy goes places he shouldn't or you wouldn't expect him to go. Bell formerly hosted a series of political satire called 'Totally Biased,' which was on the FX and FXX Networks.

The Magnificent (And Maddening) Story Of Traffic

Edward Humes describes his new book as a "transportation detective story" that chronicles the hidden characters, locations and machinery driving our same-day delivery, traffic-packed world. Also, Fresh Air producer Sam Briger talks to jazz guitar prodigy Julian Lage.

'Shugs & Fats' Mixes Hijabis With Hipsters

Comics Nadia Manzoor and Radhika Vaz play Muslim immigrants dealing with speed dating, cat calls and other aspects of life in secular New York in their sketch-comedy series 'Shugs & Fats.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews a novel by Irish writer Edna O'Brien.

Novelist On Marriage, Cancer And The Pain Of Uncertainty

Charles Bock's wife died from leukemia just before their daughter's 3rd birthday. Bock relived the final years of her life while writing his new novel, 'Alice & Oliver.' He drew on his wife's diaries for the novel. Kevin Whitehead reviews Julian Lage's album 'Arclight.'