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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

From 'Cold Warrior' To 'Liberal Icon,' The Story Of Robert Kennedy

Robert Kennedy's political transformation is the focus of a new biography by journalist Larry Tye. Kennedy began his career as an assistant counsel on Senator Joe McCarthy's sub-committee investigating communists. When Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, he was the liberal hopeful in the Democratic presidential primary. Larry Tye was given access to 58 boxes of private Kennedy papers, and interviewed 400 people, including Robert Kennedy's widow, Ethel Kennedy.

A Tribute To Composer Eubie Blake

Blake's songs are back on Broadway, in the adaptation of his 1921 show 'Shuffle Along.' It was an influential musical that was written and produced by African Americans and had an all African American cast. Our tribute features live performances of his songs and interviews with singer Vernel Bagneris, pianist Dick Hyman, theater historian Robert Kimball and historian David Levering Lewis. Originally broadcast in 1998.

Best Of: Broadway Singer Barbara Cook / 'Captain Fantastic' Dir. Matt Ross

After starring in Broadway shows like 'The Music Man' and 'Candide,' Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Her new memoir is 'Then and Now.' Commentator Mat Johnson reads his essay about the vanishing middle class. Matt Ross discusses his new film, 'Captain Fantastic,' which he wrote and directed, is about a father living with his six children in the woods of the Pacific Northwest.

Dir. Matt Ross On 'Captain Fantastic' / Elvis' Guitarist Scotty Moore

Matt Ross' new film, 'Captain Fantastic,' which he wrote and directed, is about a father living with his six children in the woods of the Pacific Northwest. "The movie is about choices we make, especially as parents," he says. Also, we remember Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley's first guitarist and manager. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1997. Finally, Ken Tucker reviews Maren Morris' new album, 'Hero.'

How The FBI's Wiretaps & Sting Operation Failed To Stop The Orlando Shooter

New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau discusses the FBI's investigation of shooter Omar Mateen prior to the Orlando attack, as well as the bureau's broader efforts to pinpoint suspected terrorists. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'They May Not Mean To, But They Do,' by Cathleen Schine. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Allen Toussaint's final recording.

'Nobody Is Immune': Bracing For Zika In The U.S.

New York Times science and health reporter Donald. G. McNeil Jr. predicts that 2016 will be the worst for Zika transmission in the U.S. "After this year, a fair number of people will be immune, and ... immunity will grow," he says. Also, we remember Michael Herr, whose 1977 book 'Dispatches' was based on his experiences covering the Vietnam War. He contributed to the films 'Apocalypse Now' and 'Full Metal Jacket.' Herr died last week.