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

Recent Episodes

Best Of: Justin Theroux / Randall Park / 'Bloom County 2015'

In the HBO series 'The Leftovers' Theroux is a man trying to make sense of the disappearance of 2% of the world's population. He describes Season 2 as moving into "spiritual territory." Randall Park talks about 'Fresh Off the Boat' and how the ABC comedy steers clear of "easy" and "tired" racist jokes. Comic strip creator Berkeley Breathed says a 2008 letter from author Harper Lee inspired him to re-launch his famous strip on Facebook. It's now called Bloom County 2015. Film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Assassin,' saying it might be one of the most "entrancingly beautiful" action movies ever made.

John Cleese / 'Dope' Director Rick Famuyiwa

Rick Famuyiwa's film 'Dope' is about a black high-school student who's into 90s hip-hop and Japanese comic books. The director discusses geekdom, the n-word, and confronting racism with comedy. [Originally broadcast July 2015]. John Cleese, the co-founder of the Monty Python troupe, admits he wasn't "naturally gifted" at physical comedy. His memoir, 'So, Anyway'..., covers his boyhood and early career. [Originally broadcast December 2014]. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Room.'

Journalist Describes How The Freedom Caucus Hijacked Congress

Rolling Stone's Tim Dickinson says that the ongoing search to replace Rep. John Boehner as speaker of the House reveals the influence that 40 conservative Republicans hold in the House. Rock historian Ed Ward discusses a few recent gospel reissues.

Justin Theroux / Fresh Off The Boat's Randall Park

Theroux is a man trying to make sense of the disappearance of 2% of the world's population in the HBO series, 'The Leftovers.' He describes the second season as moving into "spiritual territory." Asian-American actor Randall Park is determined to "do good by the community" in his work. He says the ABC comedy steers clear of "easy" and "tired" racist jokes. Ken Tucker reviews Donnie Fritts' album 'Oh My Goodness.'

Revisiting Rabin's Assassination, And The Peace That Might Have Been

Twenty years ago, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was killed by a Jewish religious zealot. Dan Ephron, author of 'Killing a King,' discusses the assassination and its effect on the peace process. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'The Tomeka Reid Quartet.'

Donna Karan / 'Bloom County' Creator

When Donna Karan started her brand in 1984, she thought it would be "a little company." Four decades later, she looks back on her life, her legacy and leaving her company. Her memoir is 'My Journey.' 'Bloom County' comic creator Berkeley Breathed tells Fresh Air's Sam Briger that a 2008 letter from author Harper Lee inspired him to re-launch his famous strip on Facebook. David Bianculli reviews the season two premiere of 'Fargo' on FX.