Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Soul Singer Sharon Jones

In 2013, the energetic lead singer for The Dap-Kings was forced to take a hiatus from the band after she was diagnosed with cancer. The documentary 'Miss Sharon Jones!' follows her musical comeback. Linguist Geoff Nunberg discusses Donald Trump's pledge to be the "law-and-order candidate."

The Rise And Fall Of Fox News CEO Roger Ailes

Ailes resigned last week amid allegations of sexual harassment. Biographer and journalist Gabriel Sherman joins us to discuss the accusations, as well as Ailes' influence on political discourse in America. Critic at-large John Powers reviews 'The Natural Way of Things,' by Charlotte Wood. Kevin Whitehead shares an appreciation of jazz guitarist Charlie Christian.

'Wire' Actor Michael K. Williams On Lucky Breaks And Letting Go

Over the course of his career, Williams says he's learned to separate himself from his characters (like The Wire's Omar). In HBO's 'The Night Of,' he plays a powerful prison inmate named Freddy. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Maxwell's new album 'blackSUMMERS'night.'

Best Of: Comic Mike Birbiglia / 'Veep' Showrunner David Mandel

Mike Birbiglia talks about parenthood, his new film, 'Don't Think Twice,' and how he stopped procrastinating writing his screenplay. John Powers reviews 'Zero Days,' a chilling new documentary by Alex Gibney. Then David Mandel, the Emmy-nominated writer, director and executive producer of the HBO series 'Veep,' discusses this past season, working with Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and getting his start working for Al Franken.

Black Lives And Blue Lives

We hear from Tom Gibbons, a former Philadelphia police officer, who was shot three times. We'll also hear from Eric Adams, who has marched against police brutality, and served as an NYPD officer. He was beaten by police when he was 15, and now, as a black father, he worries about his son. Mat Johnson reads an essay about what the craft of storytelling can offer us as we try to make sense of our times.