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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

Is America In A 'Vicious Circle' Of Jailing The Poor?

There are almost 12 million admissions to local jails each year in the U.S. Activist Nancy Fishman says that most of those jailed are poor people being held for low-level offenses, like traffic violations. Ken Tucker reviews a new album from Car Seat Headrest.

Pit Bull: The History Of America's Most Feared Dog

Author Bronwen Dickey says the idea of pit bulls as predators is based on myth and misinformation. In the early Hollywood era, the dogs were often chosen to appear in comedies. Her book is 'Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.' Rock historian Ed Ward shares soul singer Clarence Carter's story. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Heat & Light' by Jennifer Haigh.

Writer Richard Russo On Why He Thinks He's 'Everybody's Fool'

Pulitzer-Prize winning author of 'Empire Falls' Richard Russo on his new novel 'Everybody's Fool,' caring for his mother who suffered from OCD, and why he "feels like an idiot" going to cemeteries. TV critic David Bianculli reviews the series finale of 'The Good Wife.'

Best Of: A Personal History Of L.A. Punk / Comic Jerrod Carmichael

A look back at the L.A. punk scene with three people who helped define it. John Doe and Exene Cervenka, co-founders of the band X, and Dave Alvin, who joined X for a few years as their lead guitarist. In John Doe's new memoir, 'Under the Big Black Sun,' Doe brings together his own essays and stories from other musicians and scene-makers from that time. Comic Jerrod Carmichael has been described as having "one of standup's most unorthodox approaches to exploring race and class." His standup can make you squirm because he says things like, "I'm starting to appreciate slavery." Jerrod Carmichael is the creator and star of the NBC sitcom 'The Carmichael Show.'

A New Look At China's Cultural Revolution

Historian Frank Dikötter says newly opened archives offer fresh details about the chaos China experienced in the 1960s, when Chairman Mao urged students to take to the streets. Ken Tucker offers his thoughts on Beyoncé's 'Lemonade.'

Pakistani Squash Champion Maria Toorpakai / Director John Carney

Growing up in the tribal region of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai pretended she was a boy in order to compete as a weightlifter. Later she became an internationally-known squash champion. Her memoir is 'A Different Kind of Daughter.' Also, Fresh Air producer Ann Marie Baldonado talks to 'Once' director John Carney about his new film 'Sing Street,' about a teenager in the '80s who starts a band.