Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

'Why Buddhism Is True'

Science journalist and author Robert Wright says that Buddhist meditation might help counteract our natural tendency towards unhappiness and dissatisfaction. His new book is 'Why Buddhism is True.' Also John Powers reviews the new Criterion release of Albert Brooks' 1985 film 'Lost in America.'

Best Of: Former VP Al Gore / Ariel Levy

The former vice president's documentary, 'An Inconvenient Sequel,' seeks to build bipartisan consensus to address climate change. "Mother Nature has a more persuasive voice than any of us," Gore says. Ken Tucker reviews Randy Newman's new album. 'New Yorker' staff writer Ariel Levy was five months pregnant when she took a writing assignment in Mongolia. She miscarried alone in her hotel room, and shortly after her return home, her marriage fell apart. Levy's memoir, 'The Rules Do Not Apply,' explores her loss of identity as a wife and mother, and how writing saved her.

Remembering French Actress Jeanne Moreau / Playwright Sam Shepard

Jeanne Moreau, an icon of French New Wave cinema, died on Monday at 89. She starred in the films 'Jules and Jim' and 'The Lovers.' She spoke with Terry Gross in 1993 about disobeying her father to pursue acting and working with director Louis Malle. Sam Shepard, who died Sunday, penned more than 55 plays, including 'Buried Child.' His breakthrough film role was as astronaut Chuck Yeager in 'The Right Stuff.' He talked with Terry Gross in 1998. Ken Tucker reviews Randy Newman's new album 'Dark Matter.'

Bill Moyers

Journalist Bill Moyers once worked as the special assistant to President Lyndon Johnson, and, 52 years ago, witnessed firsthand the political maneuvering that resulted in the landmark passage of Medicare. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Wind River.'

Former VP Al Gore

The former vice president's documentary, 'An Inconvenient Sequel,' seeks to build bipartisan consensus to address climate change. "Mother Nature has a more persuasive voice than any of us," Gore says.

'I Was Somebody's Mother': Ariel Levy On Love And Loss

The 'New Yorker' writer was five months pregnant when she took a writing assignment in Mongolia. She miscarried alone in her hotel room, and shortly after her return home, her marriage fell apart. Levy's new memoir 'The Rules Do Not Apply,' explores her loss of identity as a wife and mother, and how writing saved her. TV critic David Bianculli reviews three series worth checking out this August.