Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Going For Broke: Atlantic City Falls On Hard Times

Once a grand seaside destination, Atlantic City now faces the prospect of a takeover by the state of New Jersey. Historian Bryant Simon and reporter Amy Rosenberg discuss the city's rise and fall.

Author Joe R. Lansdale On Writing "To Get All The Junk Out"

Joe R. Lansdale grew up poor in east Texas and worked as a janitor and in a potato field before finding success as a writer. 'Honky Tonk Samurai' is the latest book in his 'Hap and Leonard' mystery series. Also, the French government is eliminating the circumflex (the little hat-shaped accent that sits on certain vowels.) Linguist Geoff Nunberg wonders why we don't have similar spelling controversies in English. Finally, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'All My Yesterdays' by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis.

Maggie Smith

Known for her recent work in 'Downton Abbey' and the 'Harry Potter' films, the Oscar-winning actress now stars in 'The Lady in the Van,' a film about an elderly woman who lived in a van for 15 years. Also, Ken Tucker reviews Bonnie Raitt's new album 'Dig in Deep.'

Is A Disease That Will Kill Tens Of Millions Coming?

Author Sonia Shah says that urbanization and air travel put the global population at an increased risk for disease. "Zika is a great example of how new pathogens are emerging today," she says. Her new book is 'Pandemic.' Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'A Doubter's Almanac.'

Best Of: 'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah / How To Run A Drug Cartel

'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah says his experience growing up with a white father and a black mother in South Africa enables him to see both sides of political issues — which helps when it comes to doing satire. Also, Ken Tucker reviews 'Wild Stab' by the I Don't Cares. Then, as a business reporter in Mexico, Tom Wainwright noticed that the business models of the drug cartels are similar to those of big-box stores and franchises. His new book is 'Narconomics.'

'Inside Out' And 'Anomalisa' Directors

Both 'Inside Out' and 'Anomalisa' are nominated for Best Animated Film at this year's Oscars. Pixar director Pete Docter talks about illustrates the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind, personifying Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy. 'Anomalisa' filmmakers Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson discuss the challenges of choreographing puppets in everything from walking to a sex scene.