Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

A Short History Of Marijuana

Author John Hudak says federal law makes it hard to prove the medicinal value of marijuana. "As a Schedule 1 drug it is very difficult to do research on the plant," he explains. Ken Tucker reviews 'Blue Mountain,' a solo album from Grateful Dead founding member Bob Weir.

Jonathan Safran Foer

Safran Foer's new novel, 'Here I am,' is told from the points of view of different members of a Jewish family. He says it's about things falling apart — but also about "people trying to mend things." His previous book was 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.' Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Mothers,' a debut novel by Brit Bennett.

Actress Gaby Hoffmann

Hoffmann grew up in the Chelsea Hotel with her mother, an actress in Andy Warhol's Factory. Gaby appeared in 'Field of Dreams' and other films as child, but says she saw acting as "a means to an end." She now stars in the Amazon series 'Transparent.'

Best Of: Bruce Springsteen / A Dog's Nose

Recorded at his home studio, Springsteen speaks to Terry Gross about growing up in Jersey, songwriting, and wishing to be his stage persona. His new memoir is 'Born to Run.' Dogs can sniff out people, drugs, bombs, cancer, the time of day, oncoming storms and much more. In her new book, 'Being a Dog,' Alexandra Horowitz explores the mysteries and mechanics of canine noses.

Inside The Illegal Rhino Horn Trade / Grateful Dead Guitarist Bob Weir

'National Geographic' journalist Bryan Christy estimates the wholesale market for rhino horn is roughly a quarter of a billion dollars. He says criminal syndicates use the trade to finance "all sorts of illegal activity." Also, Fresh Air producer Sam Briger talks to Bob Weir about his long-awaited solo album, 'Blue Mountain.'

Bruce Springsteen

Recorded at his home studio, Springsteen speaks to Terry Gross about growing up in Jersey, songwriting, and wishing to be his stage persona. His new memoir is 'Born to Run.'