Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

A Family Discovers Its Connection To An Escaped Slave

Regina Mason's great, great, great grandfather, a man named William Grimes, was as runaway slave and the author of what is now considered the first fugitive slave narrative. Mason talks about finding out her family's secret history. Kevin Whitehead reviews two unusual cross-cultural recordings from musicologist Joachim-Ernst Berendt.

Best Of: Ray Liotta / 'Billions' / Elizabeth Strout

Ray Liotta has a reputation for playing tough guys — but he says he's never actually been in a fight. The 'Goodfellas' actor talks about the ups and downs of his career, and how he's now starring as a corrupt cop in the NBC series 'Shades of Blue.' Also, John Powers reviews the Showtime series 'Billions.' Then, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout discusses her latest novel, 'My Name is Lucy Barton.'

'Fiddler On The Roof' Songwriters

Sheldon Harnick and the late Jerry Bock wrote the songs for the Broadway show 'Fiddler on the Roof.' They spoke to Terry Gross about putting themselves into the "soul of the characters." John Powers reviews the Showtime series 'Billions.'

Was 1924 The Year That 'Made Hitler'?

Years before he became the leader of the Third Reich, Adolph Hitler went on trial and served prison time for an attempted coup. Author Peter Ross Range says 1924 paved the way for his rise to power. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews '13 Hours.'

Novelist Elizabeth Strout

Elizabeth Strout, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'Olive Kitteridge,' says she was a "bad lawyer" before turning her energies to writing. Her latest novel, 'My Name is Lucy Barton,' is about an aspiring writer. Then, commentator Sarah Hepola tells us how online dating taught her something she's struggled to do all her life: Tell men the truth. Finally, The singular, gender-neutral usage of "they" is now acceptable on college campuses, among the genderqueer and in the 'Washington Post.' Linguist Geoff Nunberg traces the rise of the new "they."

Ray Liotta

Ray Liotta has a reputation for playing tough guys — but he says he's never been in a fight in his whole life. The 'Goodfellas' actor talks about the ups and downs of his career, and how he's now starring in the NBC series 'Shades of Blue' as a corrupt cop opposite Jennifer Lopez. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Scott and Jeff Hamilton's 'Live in Bern.'