Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

The Platinum Age Of TV

"Television has really become where a lot of the action is right now," critic David Bianculli says. His new book revisits the best of the small screen — from 'I Love Lucy' to 'The Walking Dead.' Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Pieces of Soap,' a book of essays by Stanley Elkin.

How Trump Broke Campaign Norms But Still Won

We discuss the 2016 election with 'Atlantic Magazine' correspondent James Fallows, who spent three years flying his own plane to small towns across the U.S., reporting on the people he met.

Issa Rae On 'Insecure'

In the HBO series 'Insecure,' Issa Rae's character feels like she's "not black enough for the black people and not white enough for the white people." Rae talks about her comedy influences, growing up with a Senegalese father, and her web series 'The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl.' John Powers reviews the film 'Certain Women.'

'Doonesbury' Cartoonist Garry Trudeau / 'Westworld' Creators

"Donald and I go all the way back to when his hair was dark brown," Garry Trudeau jokes. His new book, 'Yuge!,' is a collection of 30 years of comic strips featuring Trump as a character. Also, Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy offer a pessimistic view of human nature in 'Westworld,' HBO's futuristic TV series about a theme park that allows tourists to act out their Wild West fantasies.

Best Of: Stephen Colbert / Donald Glover

For the first time since hosting 'The Late Show,' Colbert talks to Terry Gross about shedding his 'Colbert Report' character and becoming comfortable playing himself. Ken Tucker reviews Leonard Cohen's new album. Donald Glover created and co-stars in the FX series 'Atlanta,' set on the fringes of the city's hip-hop scene. Outside of the show he does stand-up and has recorded music under the name Childish Gambino.

Trump And The White Working Class

'New Yorker' writer George Packer says years of neglect from the Democrats enabled Trump to exploit the biases of the white working class and turn them into a "self-conscious identity group." Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Hacksaw Ridge,' directed by Mel Gibson.