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: Zadie Smith / Trevor Noah

Writer Zadie Smith talks about nostalgia and why she likes talking to people with whom she disagrees. Her new novel is 'Swing Time.' Also, 'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, 'Born a Crime.' Noah says writing the book helped him see that his mother was the real hero of his story.

Remembering Leonard Cohen

Before he died earlier this month, Cohen released a new album with songs that wrestled with mortality, transcendence and the question of God — themes he touched on in this 2006 interview with Terry Gross.

Johnny Cash / Ray Charles

For Thanksgiving, two archival interviews with American music icons: Cash spoke to Terry Gross in 1997, Charles in 1998.

Remembering Sharon Jones

The powerhouse soul singer for The Dap-Kings spoke to 'Fresh Air' in '07 and again in '16, after she'd been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Jones died on Nov. 18. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Michael Chabon's new novel, 'Moonglow.'

Trevor Noah

The 'Daily Show' host revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, 'Born a Crime.' Noah says writing the book helped him see that his mother was the real hero of his story.

Zadie Smith

Writer Zadie Smith talks about the nature of talent, nostalgia, and why she likes talking to people with whom she disagrees. Her new novel is 'Swing Time.'