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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

A Personal History Of L.A. Punk

A look back at the L.A. punk scene with three people who helped define it. John Doe and Exene Cervenka, co-founders of the band X, and Dave Alvin, who joined X for a few years as their lead guitarist. In John Doe's new memoir, 'Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk,' Doe brings together his own essays and stories from other musicians and scenemakers from that time.

Best Of: Questlove / Tom Hanks

An onstage interview with Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, the co-founder and drummer of The Roots. He talks about Prince, his late father Lee Andrews, and his new book, 'somethingtofoodabout.' David Edelstein reviews the new film 'Elvis & Nixon,' and Tom Hanks talks about growing up with multiple parents and religions. He stars in the new film 'A Hologram for the King.'

'New Yorker' Cartoonist Writes 'Honest Portrait' Of His Parents

Bruce Eric Kaplan, cartoonist for The New Yorker, recalls growing up in the 1960's and 70's in New Jersey. His illustrated memoir is called 'I Was A Child.' A remembrance of Harry Wu, who died Tuesday at the age of 79. Wu spent 19 years in a Communist Chinese labor camp. Milo Miles reviews a new tribute album for gospel-blues performer Blind Willie Johnson and David Edelstein reviews the new film 'Elvis & Nixon.'

Comic Jerrod Carmichael On Stand-Up, Family And 'The Carmichael Show'

Carmichael has been described as having 'one of standup's most unorthodox approaches to exploring race and class.' His standup can make you squirm because he says things like, 'I'm starting to appreciate slavery.' Jerrod Carmichael is the creator and star of the NBC sitcom 'The Carmichael Show.' On a typical episode, Jerrod, and the characters of his girlfriend, his parents and brother, take different positions on issues such as — once you know the allegations against Bill Cosby, is it still OK to watch The Cosby Show? Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new album of live performances by jazz legend Sonny Rollins and Maureen Corrigan reviews Betsy Lerner's new memoir about reconnecting with her elderly mother.

Onstage Interview with Amir "Questlove" Thompson

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.'

Onstage Interview with Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson

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.'