Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

The Rise Of Addictive Technology

Author Adam Alter says that technology is designed to be addictive, and that the gratification it provides is similar to that of other addictive behaviors, such as drug abuse or gambling. Alter's book is 'Irresistible.' Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'Monk Dreams, Hallucinations and Nightmares,' from pianist and composer Frank Carlberg. Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'Heretics' by Leonardo Padura.

Best Of: Samantha Bee & Jo Miller / Writer Mohsin Hamid

'Full Frontal with Samantha Bee,' now in its second season on TBS, is a satire news show with a feminist point-of-view. Host Samantha Bee and head writer Jo Miller talk about getting started in comedy at 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,' misogyny on Twitter, and how their show has changed since Trump became president. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Personal Shopper,' starring Kristen Stewart. Finally, author Mohsin Hamid talks about his new novel, 'Exit West,' which is about knowing when it's time to flee your country, and what happens when you migrate to a nation that's hostile to immigrants.

The Spanish Civil War & The Fight Against Fascism

According to Adam Hochschild, about 2,800 Americans fought in the Spanish Civil War, and some were bombed by Nazis years before the U.S. entered World War II. His book, 'Spain in Our Hearts,' is now in paperback. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'The Sense of an Ending.'

Novelist Mohsin Hamid: 'Stories Are A Living Thing'

Hamid's new novel, 'Exit West,' is about knowing when it's time to flee your country, and what happens when you migrate to a nation that's hostile to immigrants. Hamid was born in Lahore, Pakistan, but has lived in New York and London. He talks about feeling like an outsider, social media and anxiety, and the power of language. Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares an appreciation of composer and pianist Misha Mengelberg, who died recently.

How Hitler & The Nazis Were 'Blitzed' On Drugs During WWII

Author Norman Ohler says that Hitler's drug abuse increased "significantly" from the fall of 1941 until the winter of 1944: "Hitler needed those highs to substitute [for] his natural charisma." Methamphetamine was distributed to German troops to keep them awake and "reduce fear" during long battles. Ohler's new book is 'Blitzed: Drugs in the Third Reich.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews the premiere of FX's 5th season of 'The Americans.'