Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

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.

'Late Late Show' Host James Corden / Singer Songwriter Joan Shelley

Segments like 'Carpool Karaoke' and 'Drop the Mic' from the 'Late Late Show' have up to 120 million views on YouTube. Corden takes us behind-the-scenes of these videos, and talks about his background in musical theater. Also, Joan Shelley and guitar accompanist Nathan Salsburg play from their new album 'Over and Even.'

Inside The 'Idiot Brain' / Comic Ali Wong

Neuroscientist Dean Burnett explores the strange behaviors of the mind in his book 'Idiot Brain: What Your Head Is Really Up To.' He says the human brain is like a computer that files information in a way that defies logic and that brains can alter memory, cause motion sickness, and affect intelligence. Also, producer Ann Marie Baldonado talks to comic Ali Wong about her Netflix special 'Baby Cobra,' which she performed while 7.5 months pregnant.