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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

Music Writer Peter Guralnick On 'The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll'

In his new book, 'Sam Phillips,' music writer Peter Guralnick profiles the founder of Sun Records. Guralnick says Phillips rejected perfection in favor of spontaneity and individuality. Phillips discovered Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Howlin' Wolf, Charlie Rich, Roy Orbison and others. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Mare.'

Best Of: Pixar Director On 'The Good Dinosaur' / Amazon's 'High Castle'

Peter Sohn's new film 'The Good Dinosaur' imagines a world in which the dinosaurs did not go extinct and live alongside humans. Sohn also worked on 'Up,' 'Ratatouille,' and 'Wall-E.' Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new series streaming on Amazon, 'The Man in the High Castle.' In John Crowley's new film 'Brooklyn,' Irish actress Saoirse Ronan plays a homesick immigrant forced to choose between her familiar hometown and an unpredictable new life.

Willie Nelson

The singer has written 2,500 songs and has won seven Grammys. He is now the recipient of the Gershwin Prize for American Popular Song. [Originally broadcast on July 16, 1996 and May 25, 2006.]

Photographer Abbas

Abbas became interested in religion while covering the Iranian Revolution. "I could see that the waves of passion [that were] raised by the Revolution were not going to stop at the borders," he says. Abbas spent seven years chronicling Islam, then he moved on to other faiths, such as Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Paganism and Shamanism. Also, multimedia artist Laurie Anderson talks about her documentary 'Heart of the Dog.'

Pixar Director Peter Sohn on 'The Good Dinosaur'

Peter Sohn's new film 'The Good Dinosaur' imagines a world in which the dinosaurs did not go extinct and live alongside humans. Sohn also worked on 'Up,' 'Ratatouille,' and 'Wall-E.' Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new series streaming on Amazon, 'The Man in the High Castle.'

'Brooklyn' Star Saoirse Ronan & Dir. John Crowley / Novelist David Mitchell

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan plays a homesick immigrant forced to choose between her familiar hometown and an unpredictable new life in John Crowley's new film, 'Brooklyn.' Also, Fresh Air producer Sam Briger talks to novelist David Mitchell about 'Slade House,' which began as a series of tweets.