Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, the drummer and leader of The Tonight Show's house band The Roots, says he's obsessed with the creative process. His new book, somethingtofoodabout, is a collection of his interviews with chefs about how art and creativity apply to their preparation and presentation of food. Speaking with Terry Gross in front of an audience in Philadelphia, Questlove talks about Prince, his late father Lee Andrews, and the food equivalent of the 'Mona Lisa.'
Tom Hanks is one of the most popular actors of our time. In his new film, 'A Hologram for the King,' he plays a business man who's lost confidence in himself — in contrast to the courageous men Hanks has played in films like 'Captain Phillips,' 'Saving Private Ryan,' and 'Apollo 13.' Hanks tells Terry Gross why he doesn't think he has their kind of courage, about growing up a child of two divorces, and getting exposed to a variety of religions. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Sturgill Simpson's new country album.
Mark Landler of The New York Times discusses Clinton and Obama's contrasting views on America's role in the world. Clinton, Landler says, was often the hawk, more willing to intervene with force. His book is 'Alter Egos.'
National Geographic journalist David Quammen warns that Yellowstone is "in danger of being loved to death." Maureen Corrigan reviews two works of historical suspense fiction. John Elder Robison, who has autism, talks about the brain experiment that left him with a sense of empathy he had never experienced before. His new book is 'Switched On.'
'Switched On' author John Elder Robison says the emotional empathy he gained after receiving transcranial magnetic stimulation was intense. "It's like I lost a protective shield," he says. Dr. Alvaro Pascual-Leone joins Robison to talk about TMS treatment.
74 year-old author and psychiatrist Arlene Heyman discusses her debut short-story collection, which focuses on the sex lives and intimate relationships of characters in their 60s and 70s. Maureen Corrigan reviews two works of historical suspense fiction. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the new album from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Henry Threadgill.