Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

How Our Government Created 'Ghettos'

Historian Richard Rothstein studies residential segregation in America. His conclusion: "federal, state and local governments purposely created racial boundaries in these cities." Ken Tucker reviews Chris Stapleton's debut solo album 'Traveller.'

NBC Anchorman Tom Brokaw

By his own admission, the former NBC anchorman has lived a charmed life. But two years ago, Brokaw's fortune turned when he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. His memoir is 'A Lucky Life Interrupted.' Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead discusses a rare jazz single that landed on the pop charts and Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Burning Down George Orwell's House' by Andrew Ervin.

Photographer Sally Mann

Sally Mann is fascinated by bodies. She has published pictures that show her young children naked, her husband's muscular dystrophy and dead bodies decomposing. Mann reflects on her life and work in the memoir 'Hold Still.'

Our Future In Space

Astronomer Chris Impey discusses the future of space travel, sex in space and the connection between science and Buddhism. Impey is the author of 'Beyond: Our Future in Space.' John Powers reviews the restored theatrical release of 'The Apu Trilogy' by Indian director Satyajit Ray.

Best Of: Matthew Weiner & Mike Matheny

With just two episodes to go until the AMC series 'Mad Men' wraps for good, the show creator talks about everything Don Draper has lost — and what the show is all about. Critic at-large John Powers reviews a reissue of late crime writer Ted Lewis' final novel, 'GBH.' Former MLB catcher Mike Matheny talks about his playing career, managing the St. Louis Cardinals, and youth sports.

R&B Singer Ben E. King & Mystery Novelist Ruth Rendell

Ben E. King sang lead for the Drifters and became famous for the classic hit "Stand By Me." King died April 30th. Fresh Air remembers him with this 1988 interview. Book critic Maureen Corrigan shares a remembrance of mystery novelist Ruth Rendell along with an excerpt of her 1989 interview. David Edelstein reviews the new zombie film 'Maggie' starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.