Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen: 'Vietnam Is A Country And Not A War'

Viet Thanh Nguyen and his family fled their village in South Vietnam in 1975. He won the Pulitzer Prize this year for 'The Sympathizer,' a spy novel set during and just after the war in Vietnam. TV critic David Bianculli discusses late-night TV's shift to any-time social media.

The Power Of Genes

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation, and disease risk — but that environment also matters. His new book is 'The Gene.' John Powers reviews the film, 'A Bigger Splash.'

Best Of: Writer Richard Russo / Daniel Clowes / A Cultural History Of Pit Bulls

Pulitzer-Prize winning author Richard Russo on his new novel 'Everybody's Fool,' caring for his mother who suffered from OCD, and why he "feels like an idiot" going to cemeteries. Daniel Clowes is one of the most influential artists in the independent comics world. He talks about his latest book, 'Patience.' Author Bronwen Dickey says the idea of pit bulls as predators is based on myth and misinformation. In the early Hollywood era, the dogs were often chosen to appear in comedies. Her book is 'Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.'

Actor Gary Cole / Cartoonist Daniel Clowes

Gary Cole talks 'Veep,' getting mistaken for Gary Coleman, and why 'Office Space' endures. Daniel Clowes is one of the most influential artists in the independent comics world. His latest book, 'Patience,' uses time travel to look at the ways random events can set a life on a new path.

Is America In A 'Vicious Circle' Of Jailing The Poor?

There are almost 12 million admissions to local jails each year in the U.S. Activist Nancy Fishman says that most of those jailed are poor people being held for low-level offenses, like traffic violations. Ken Tucker reviews a new album from Car Seat Headrest.

Pit Bull: The History Of America's Most Feared Dog

Author Bronwen Dickey says the idea of pit bulls as predators is based on myth and misinformation. In the early Hollywood era, the dogs were often chosen to appear in comedies. Her book is 'Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.' Rock historian Ed Ward shares soul singer Clarence Carter's story. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Heat & Light' by Jennifer Haigh.