Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint, a central figure in the New Orleans R&B scene during the 50s and 60s, died in Spain on Monday. He was 77. [Originally broadcast in 1988.] Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Brooklyn.'

Have We Lost A Constitutional Right In The Fine Print?

New York Times reporter Jessica Silver-Greenberg says many companies' contracts force consumers to settle complaints through arbitration instead of in court, and include bans on class action suits. Also Kevin Whitehead reviews a posthumous album from jazz duo Kenny Wheeler and John Taylor, and Maureen Corrigan reviews the book of essays 'This Old Man' by Roger Angell.

Shonda Rhimes

The force behind ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder loves telling stories. "My goal is to find a way to spend all of my time writing," Rhimes says. Ken Tucker reviews the Country Music Awards and a new album by Old Dominion.

SNL 'Weekend Update' Co-Anchors Colin Jost & Michael Che

As hosts of Saturday Night Live's news segment, Colin Jost and Michael Che are used to joking about hot-button issues. "Whoever is in a position of power, you're going to take shots at," Jost says. The two talk about having Donald Trump host and their first open mic nights.

Cartoonist Riad Sattouf / Brie Larson

Former Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Riad Sattouf grew up in the Middle East and France with a French mother and Syrian father. "I hate nationalism," he says. "Comic book author [is] my first nationality." His best-selling graphic memoir, 'The Arab of the Future,' is now out in English. Also, actress Brie Larson talks about playing Ma in the film 'Room,' about a woman held captive in a shed with her 5-year-old son for seven years.

Best Of: Aziz Ansari & Alan Yang / Actress Illeana Douglas

Writing partners Ansari and Yang bonded over their similar experiences as first-generation Asian-Americans living very different lives from their parents. Their new Netflix series is 'Master of None.' Illeana Douglas, who appeared in 'Six Feet Under' and 'Cape Fear,' discusses growing up on a commune, working with (and dating) Scorsese and her various acting gigs. Douglas' memoir is 'I Blame Dennis Hopper.'