Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

NYT Restaurant Critic Pete Wells / Mission Chinese Chef Danny Bowien

New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells tells us about some of his more infamous reviews, including his zero star review of Guy Fieri's Times Square 'Kitchen & Bar.' Also, chef Danny Bowien talks about opening 'Mission Chinese,' and the hurdles he overcame along the way. John Powers considers the 5-part BBC America series 'London Spy.'

'Blood And Earth': How Modern Slavery Contributes To Ecocide

Kevin Bales discusses the lives of enslaved people and the environmental impact of human bondage. Slavery often exists in places where "the local environment [has] just been destroyed," Bales says. His book is 'Blood and Earth.' Ken Tucker reviews Benji Hughes' album 'Songs in the Key of Animals.'

The 'Hidden History' Of The Koch Brothers

Jane Mayer investigates the Koch family and how 'Dark Money' enters and influences our political system. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Past' by Tessa Hadley.

A Family Discovers Its Connection To An Escaped Slave

Regina Mason's great, great, great grandfather, a man named William Grimes, was as runaway slave and the author of what is now considered the first fugitive slave narrative. Mason talks about finding out her family's secret history. Kevin Whitehead reviews two unusual cross-cultural recordings from musicologist Joachim-Ernst Berendt.

Best Of: Ray Liotta / 'Billions' / Elizabeth Strout

Ray Liotta has a reputation for playing tough guys — but he says he's never actually been in a fight. The 'Goodfellas' actor talks about the ups and downs of his career, and how he's now starring as a corrupt cop in the NBC series 'Shades of Blue.' Also, John Powers reviews the Showtime series 'Billions.' Then, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout discusses her latest novel, 'My Name is Lucy Barton.'

'Fiddler On The Roof' Songwriters

Sheldon Harnick and the late Jerry Bock wrote the songs for the Broadway show 'Fiddler on the Roof.' They spoke to Terry Gross about putting themselves into the "soul of the characters." John Powers reviews the Showtime series 'Billions.'