Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

How States Are Overruling Local Laws

Lisa Graves says that states can overrule local laws, and legislatures are increasingly using preemption to stop things like fracking bans, minimum wage increases, and protections for LGBT people. Ken Tucker reviews a new album from Robbie Fulks, and John Powers reviews a Brazilian film called 'Neon Bull.'

A 'Misadventure In The Start-Up Bubble'

Dan Lyons was in his 50s when he was laid off from Newsweek and went to work for a start-up. He says it was part frat house, part cult. He wrote for the HBO series 'Silicon Valley,' and his new memoir is 'Disrupted.' Maureen Corrigan reviews novel 'Alice & Oliver,' and Fresh Air says goodbye to our longtime administrative assistant, Dorothy Ferebee.

'It Was Torture': An Abu Ghraib Interrogator Confesses

The techniques Eric Fair used were legal, but what he did still weighs on his conscience. "There is no middle ground," he says. "Torture is an enhanced interrogation." His new memoir is 'Consequence.'

Best Of: Ray Romano / Baseball Injuries

Romano tells us how he landed a role in Martin Scorsese's series 'Vinyl,' how Letterman gave him his big break, and what makes him cry. Commentator Sarah Hepola says after years of complaining about hate on the Internet, she became part of the problem. Finally, pitchers of all ages are increasingly blowing out their elbows and needing what's known as Tommy John surgery. Sports writer Jeff Passan discusses his new book 'The Arm.'

Remembering Actress Patty Duke

Duke won an Oscar for her portrayal of Helen Keller in 1962's 'The Miracle Worker.' She died Tuesday at the age of 69. She spoke to Terry Gross in 1988. Also, novelist Vendela Vida discusses her novel 'The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty,' about the sense of dislocation that often comes with traveling to another country. Film critic David Edelstein reviews the Miles Davis biopic, 'Miles Ahead.'

Nora Ephron's Son Tells Her Story / Injuries On The Pitcher's Mound

Pitchers of all ages are increasingly blowing out their arms and needing what's known as Tommy John surgery. Sports writer Jeff Passan discusses his new book 'The Arm.' Jacob Bernstein is the director of the new HBO documentary about his mother, late writer and director, Nora Ephron (Heartburn, When Harry Met Sally). It's about her life, her writing and her fatal illness, which she kept secret from almost everyone.