Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

A Secular History Of Conversion

Journalist Susan Jacoby says that more than half of Americans will change religion at least once in their adult life time. Her new book is 'Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion.' Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a new recording of Ravel's 'L'Enfant et les Sortilèges.'

Columbine Shooter's Mother Reckons With Guilt And Loss

17 years ago Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris went on a shooting rampage at Columbine High School, killing 13 people and injuring 24. Dylan's mother, Sue Klebold, has written a memoir recounting the massacre and her experience "living in the aftermath of tragedy."

How To Run A Drug Cartel

As a business reporter in Mexico, Tom Wainwright noticed that the business models of the drug cartels are similar to those of big-box stores and franchises. His new book is 'Narconomics.' Ken Tucker reviews 'Wild Stab' by the I Don't Cares.

Best Of: Zach Galifianakis / Duplass Bros. / 'Mad Max' Director

Galifianakis plays a bitter rodeo clown in his new FX series 'Baskets.' He's also the creator of the Emmy-winning web comedy series 'Between Two Ferns.' Then Fresh Air producer Ann Marie Baldonado talks with brothers Jay and Mark Duplass about their HBO series 'Togetherness.' Finally, director George Miller discusses creating the 'Mad Max' franchise, which has spanned 36 years.

Better Call Saul's Bob Odenkirk / Co-Creator Peter Gould

'Better Call Saul,' the prequel, spin-off of 'Breaking Bad,' is back for season two. Last year, when Terry Gross spoke to co-creator Peter Gould (who also wrote for Breaking Bad), he said that it was a writers' room joke that if something didn't fit on 'Breaking Bad' it would go on the "Saul Goodman show." Actor Jonathan Banks joins the conversation. Also, Terry Gross spoke to Bob Odenkirk in 2013 about playing Saul, the sleazy, fast-talking lawyer.

Jill Lepore & Nate Silver Weigh In: Is Polling Good Or Bad For Democracy?

New Yorker writer Jill Lepore examines the history of polling in America. She says that today's polls may be less reliable — and more influential — than ever before. Then, statistician Nate Silver analyzes polls and predicts election outcomes on his website, FiveThirtyEight. He says this year's is "Maybe the most fascinating nomination race that we've ever seen."