Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

'Disgruntled' Novelist Drew From Her Own Childhood

Asali Solomon's novel 'Disgruntled' is about a girl growing up in West Philadelphia whose parents were black nationalists. "My parents taught us to revere Africa — people at school made fun of Africa," she says. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead shares a batch of previously unknown Charlie Parker performances. John Powers reviews the new satirical film 'War Dogs' starring Miles Teller and Jonah Hill.

Microbes: 'Our Partners In Life'

Science writer Ed Yong says billions of microbes that live on and within our bodies affect digestion, immunity, body weight and general health. His new book is 'I Contain Multitudes.' Also, Milo Miles reviews the 'Best Of' album from Brazilian trio Bossacucanova.

'Hillbilly Elegy' Author J.D. Vance

Vance grew up in a Rust Belt town in Ohio, in a family from the hills of eastern Kentucky. His new memoir details the social isolation, poverty, and addiction that afflict poor white communities. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album 'Rattle and Roar' from The Earls of Leicester.

Snark Aside, Julie Klausner Says 'Difficult People' Is Inspired By Love

Klausner plays an unsuccessful comic who quips about celebrities in her Hulu series, 'Difficult People.' She says that she and her co-star Billy Eichner bonded over their shared love of show business and pop culture. Biologist Bill Streever talks about sailing from Texas to Guatemala while doing research for his book, 'And Soon I heard a Roaring Wind.'

A Culinary History Of The Great Depression

During the Depression, cheap, nutritious and filling food was prioritized — often at the expense of taste. Jane Ziegelman and Andy Coe, authors of 'A Square Meal,' discuss food trends of the time. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Trials of the Earth.'

Best Of: Meryl Streep / Colson Whitehead

Streep talks about learning to sing badly in 'Florence Foster Jenkins,' her natural singing voice, and why sometimes just being Meryl Streep is more nerve-racking than performing. Maureen Corrigan reviews 'You Will Know Me,' a book about the fierce and frenzied world of gymnastics. Finally, novelist Colson Whitehead discusses his latest book — where the Underground Railroad is an actual locomotive that slaves ride to freedom.