Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Crime Fiction Writer Richard Price

Richard Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab looking for their whales," he says. Price's latest is called The Whites.

The Passing Of The 1964 Civil Rights Act

The act, which turned 50 last year, ended the era of legal segregation in public accommodations, like restaurants and hotels. Author Todd Purdum talks about the battles that surrounded it.  Then rock historian Ed Ward shares a story about a Wisconsin furniture company that began selling blues albums in the '20s. 

Best Of: Lynsey Addario & Michael Keaton

Photojournalist Lynsey Addario was taken captive in 2011 while covering Libya's civil war. With a gun to her head, she says she was thinking, "Will I ever get my cameras back?"  Also actor Michael Keaton says his 1989 bat suit was downright claustrophobic, but he somehow made it work. In the existential comedy, Keaton plays a washed up, insecure actor looking for a second shot at fame.

David Carr

Fresh Air remembers 'New York Times' media columnist David Carr. David Edelstein reviews 'Fifty Shades of Grey.' 

'Ida' Director Pawel Pawlikowski

The film is set in 1962 in Poland where director Pawel Pawlikowski lived until he was 14. Up for an Oscar for best foreign language film, Ida is about identity, faith, guilt and socialism. Then we remember longtime 60 Minutes correspondent, Bob Simon.  Finally, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a reissue by the Schneider Quartet. 

Photojournalist Lynsey Addario

Lynsey Addario was taken captive in 2011 while covering the fighting between Moammar Gadhafi's troops and rebel forces. With a gun to her head, she says she was thinking, "Will I ever get my cameras back?"