Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Shonda Rhimes

The force behind ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder loves telling stories. "My goal is to find a way to spend all of my time writing," Rhimes says. Ken Tucker reviews the Country Music Awards and a new album by Old Dominion.

SNL 'Weekend Update' Co-Anchors Colin Jost & Michael Che

As hosts of Saturday Night Live's news segment, Colin Jost and Michael Che are used to joking about hot-button issues. "Whoever is in a position of power, you're going to take shots at," Jost says. The two talk about having Donald Trump host and their first open mic nights.

Cartoonist Riad Sattouf / Brie Larson

Former Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Riad Sattouf grew up in the Middle East and France with a French mother and Syrian father. "I hate nationalism," he says. "Comic book author [is] my first nationality." His best-selling graphic memoir, 'The Arab of the Future,' is now out in English. Also, actress Brie Larson talks about playing Ma in the film 'Room,' about a woman held captive in a shed with her 5-year-old son for seven years.

Best Of: Aziz Ansari & Alan Yang / Actress Illeana Douglas

Writing partners Ansari and Yang bonded over their similar experiences as first-generation Asian-Americans living very different lives from their parents. Their new Netflix series is 'Master of None.' Illeana Douglas, who appeared in 'Six Feet Under' and 'Cape Fear,' discusses growing up on a commune, working with (and dating) Scorsese and her various acting gigs. Douglas' memoir is 'I Blame Dennis Hopper.'

Lena Dunham / Ron Perlman

The 'Girls' creator and star talks about oversharing, her OCD, and the way sexuality is portrayed in pop culture. Her memoir, 'Not That Kind of Girl' is now out in paperback. [Originally broadcast September 2014.] Actor Ron Perlman describes himself as having a face, "that was not ugly but surely one of its kind." His memoir is 'Easy Street (The Hard Way).' [Originally broadcast September 2014.] Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Spotlight.'

Aziz Ansari & Alan Yang

Writing partners Ansari and Yang bonded over their similar experiences as first-generation Asian-Americans living very different lives from their parents. Their new Netflix series is 'Master of None.'