Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Best Of: Meryl Streep / Colson Whitehead

Streep talks about learning to sing badly in 'Florence Foster Jenkins,' her natural singing voice, and why sometimes just being Meryl Streep is more nerve-racking than performing. Maureen Corrigan reviews 'You Will Know Me,' a book about the fierce and frenzied world of gymnastics. Finally, novelist Colson Whitehead discusses his latest book — where the Underground Railroad is an actual locomotive that slaves ride to freedom.

Meryl Streep

Streep works hard to sing badly in her new film, 'Florence Foster Jenkins.' In it, she plays the title role, a character based on an actual heiress and socialite who devoted her life to music — despite having a squeaky, screechy singing voice. Streep also discusses working with Stephen Sondheim for the screen adaptation of 'Into the Woods,' and why sometimes just being Meryl Streep is more nerve-racking than performing.

Jacqueline Woodson On Black Girlhood

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson's new novel 'Another Brooklyn' is based in part on her memories of growing up there in the 1970s. Woodson describes adolescence as an "amazing and urgent moment" in life. Rock critic Ken Tucker shares political songs from The Mekons and The Mavericks.

Novelist Colson Whitehead

As a child, Colson Whitehead imagined the Underground Railroad to be a subway beneath the earth that escaped slaves could ride to freedom. He returns to his childhood vision in his new novel, 'Underground Railroad.' Maureen Corrigan reviews 'You Will Know Me,' a book about the fierce and frenzied world of gymnastics.

Best Of: Novelist Jay McInerney / Comic Ali Wong

McInerney discusses being fired from The New Yorker, Raymond Carver's writing advice, and his "second life" after his bestselling novel, 'Bright Lights, Big City.' Music historian Ed Ward shares the story of German New Wave in Düsseldorf. Also, producer Ann Marie Baldonado talks to comic Ali Wong about her Netflix special 'Baby Cobra,' which she performed while 7.5 months pregnant.