Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

NRA-Backed Gun Laws & The State Legislature

Journalist Mike Spies says the NRA's push to allow guns on college campuses, in daycare centers and in bars is part of an effort to "normalize gun carrying as much as possible in public life." Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the album 'Trip' from singer/songwriter Jhené Aiko. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Blade Runner 2049' starring Ryan Gosling.

The 'Radical' Life Of Muhammad Ali

Jonathan Eig's new biography of Ali draws on hundreds of interviews and previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files. "I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," Eig says. "He was a human being, and he was deeply flawed, but ... he had the spirit of a rebel." Also linguist Geoff Nunberg says 50 years after the 'Summer of Love,' we're still using language popularized by hippies.

Remembering Tom Petty

Singer and guitarist Tom Petty, who died Monday night, spoke with Terry Gross in 2006 about the seeds of his Hall Of Fame career: "We always wanted very much to create our own sound." Milo Miles reviews a new collection of African dance music.

Cartoonist Roz Chast / Classicist Daniel Mendelsohn

Chast has a new book of cartoons called 'Going into Town: A Love Letter to New York.' Author Daniel Mendelsohn says having his 81-year-old father in the college seminar he was teaching about 'The Odyssey' led to an unexpected bonding. His book is 'An Odyssey: A Father, A Son, and an Epic.'

Best Of: 'The Deuce' Creators / Former Obama Speechwriter

David Simon and George Pelecanos (creator/producer of 'The Wire') talk about their new HBO series 'The Deuce,' which takes place in 1971 New York City, when the streets were rife with sex workers and the porn industry was beginning to take off. Writer Haroon Mogul talks about how a minor encounter at a border crossing helped him out of depression. David Litt, a former speechwriter for President Obama, talks about his "hopey, changey" years in the White House.

Larry David / Hugh Hefner

TV critic David Bianculli shares an appreciation of HBO's 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' and its star, 'Seinfeld' co-creator Larry David. Larry David spoke with 'Fresh Air' in 2015. 'Curb' is returning this weekend, after a six year hiatus. And we'll listen back to an excerpt of Terry Gross' 1999 conversation with 'Playboy' founder Hugh Hefner. He died this week at 91.