Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Best Of: The Donner Party / Interviewing The World's Most Wanted

In 'The Best Land Under Heaven,' Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism after getting stranded en route West. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Okja,' now on Netflix. Also, 'Washington Post' correspondent Souad Mekhennet talks about how she's spent much of the past 15 years reporting on Islamic extremist groups. She's interviewed leaders of Al Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS. Her new memoir is 'I Was Told to Come Alone.'

Broadway Chanteuse Barbara Cook

After starring in Broadway shows like 'The Music Man' and 'Candide,' Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Her memoir is 'Then and Now' is out in paperback. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Tony Allen's tribute to drummer Art Blakey.

'The Addicts Next Door' / Actor Sam Elliott

West Virginia has the highest drug overdose death rate in the country. 'New Yorker' writer Margaret Talbot interviewed addicts, their families, and health professionals to understand why. Also, actor Sam Elliott (Tombstone, Road House, The Big Lebowski) says that being cautious about the roles he takes has helped him maintain his acting career for nearly 50 years. He plays an aging actor with a stalled career in the new film, 'The Hero.'

American Health Care: What's At Stake

'Vox' correspondent Sarah Kliff says Republicans determined to replace and repeal Obamacare are finding it's "awfully difficult to write a bill that would get rid of it entirely." Also, David Edelstein reviews 'Baby Driver,' a film by Edgar Wright.

Inside The Donner Party

In 'The Best Land Under Heaven,' Michael Wallis chronicles the saga of a band of pioneers who resorted to cannibalism after getting stranded en route West. He says "there's so much more" to the story. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Okja,' coming to Netflix this week.

America's Obsession With Gold

Author James Ledbetter says many of the nation's worst economic catastrophes happened while on the gold standard. His new book traces the fascination with gold as a symbol of permanence and quality. His book is 'One Nation Under Gold.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Sexmob's album 'Cultural Capital.'