Fresh Air

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

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'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters' Graphic Novelist Emil Ferris

After contracting West Nile virus and becoming temporarily paralyzed, Chicago illustrator Emil Ferris had to relearn how to draw. She says that experience was key to the publication of 'My Favorite Thing Is Monsters.'

Cyber War & North Korea's Nuclear Threat

'New York Times' reporter David Sanger talks about North Korea's nuclear program and warns that the regime, which has been "fodder for late night comedians for many many years," is no joke. Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'One of the Boys,' about a corrosive father-son relationship.

Inside DARPA: The 'Imagineers Of War'

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, develops innovative technologies for the military. Its innovations led to the Internet, communication satellites, stealth aircrafts, drones, and driverless cars. Sharon Weinberger's book, 'The Imagineers of War,' tells the untold story of DARPA. Also, we say goodbye to 'Fresh Air' producer John Sheehan.

How For-Profit Colleges Sell 'Risky Education'

Tressie McMillan Cottom worked in enrollment at two for-profit colleges, but quit because she felt uncomfortable selling students an education they couldn't afford. Her new book, 'Lower Ed,' argues that for-profit colleges can exploit racial, gender and economic inequality.

Best Of: Pete Holmes / 'No One Cares About Crazy People'

Pete Holmes' new HBO show 'Crashing' is based on his real life, after his wife left him and he struggled to find his voice onstage as a stand-up comic. He grew up a devout Christian and says he saw himself as a "Good Boy," not cursing or talking about sex in the early years of his career. "I was basically picturing [Jesus] in the back of the club." Author Ron Powers' new book 'No One Cares About Crazy People' is both a memoir about his two sons with schizophrenia and a history of how the mentally ill have been treated medically and legally.

The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70k Forced Sterilizations

In the first half of the 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits they considered undesirable. The Nazis borrowed from the U.S. eugenics sterilization program. Adam Cohen tells the story in his book, 'Imbeciles,' now out in paperback. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Wilson,' adapted from a Daniel Clowes graphic novel.