Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
The mezzo-soprano discovered opera as a 22-year-old pre-med student. She took "a crack at a singing career" and has been at the Metropolitan Opera for 25 years. [Originally broadcast March 2014.] David Edelstein reviews '99 Homes.'
On Saturday, comic Jim Gaffigan will be performing in Philadelphia for an audience that may include Pope Francis. A practicing Catholic, the comic says faith is a central part of his humor. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews the soundtrack of 'The Golden Apple.'
In 'The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,' Stanley Nelson interviews former party leaders, police officers who clashed with the Panthers and an FBI informant who infiltrated the group. Milo Miles reviews Banda De Los Muertos' debut album.
Dr. Elisa Port, a surgeon who specializes in the care and treatment of patients with breast cancer, says survival rates are better than ever. Her new book is 'The New Generation Breast Cancer Book.' We remember Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen on the original 'Superman' TV show in an excerpt of his 1993 interview. Maureen Corrigan reviews Lauren Groff's novel, 'Fates and Furies.'
In 2010, Mayor Cory Booker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg devised a plan to improve Newark's failing schools. Dale Russakoff recounts their efforts in 'The Prize.' TV critic David Bianculli reflects on the Emmy ceremony held last night and looks ahead at the new fall TV season. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new edition of Erroll Garner's 'Concert by the Sea.'
Mary Karr discusses the faults of memory, the challenges of writing about loved ones and the pain of deleting 1,200 pages because "there was something untrue about them." Her new book is 'The Art of Memoir.' Nadia Bolz-Weber was a stand-up-comic with a drinking problem who opened up a church for people who didn't belong. "My job is to ... remind people that they're absolutely loved," she says. Her new memoir is 'Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People.'