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

Recent Episodes

How A Historical Blunder Helped Create The Water Crisis In The West

In 1922, seven states drew up a plan for dividing the waters of the Colorado River. But they over-estimated how much water the river could provide — and now 40 million Americans face a water crisis. Investigative reporter Abrahm Lustgarten joins us. Ken Tucker reviews Leon Bridges' album 'Coming Home.'

A Former L.A. Gang Member On 'Project Fatherhood'

Former L.A. gang member Mike Cummings and professor Jorja Leap are working with other former gang members to help them become better fathers. Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Patience And Fortitude' about the fight to save the New York Public Library.

The Art Of Forgery / Director Alfonso Gomez-Rajon

Art scholar Noah Charney describes the art world as "fertile ground for criminals." He traces a tradition of fakes and forgeries that dates back to the Renaissance in his new book,'The Art of Forgery.' Director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon's film 'Me and Earl and the Dying Girl' won the audience award and the grand jury prize at Sundance. He talks about how losing his dad shaped his approach to the film. John Powers reviews Kamel Daoud's novel 'The Meursault Investigation.'

Marc Maron On Interviewing President Obama

The 'WTF' podcast host and comedian shares his experience interviewing the President in his garage. We remember composer Gunther Schuller with his 1988 interview.

Best Of: Judd Apatow / 'Inside Out' Reviewed / Comedian Kumail Nanjiani

Screenwriter and director Judd Apatow talks about the interviews he recorded for his high school radio station with comics including Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno. Those interviews are collected in Apatow's new book. Also comedian Kumail Nanjiani from HBO's Silicon Valley. And a review of the new Disney/Pixar film "Inside Out."

'Brown Girl Dreaming' Author on Growing Up in the Segregated South and Brooklyn

This month, Jacqueline Woodson was named the new "Young People's Poet Laureate" by the Poetry Foundation. Her memoir-in-verse, Brown Girl Dreaming won a National Book Award last year. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews Inside Out, the new Disney / Pixar animated film directed by Pete Doctor.