Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

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.'

Jazz Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant

Cécile McLorin Savant initially studied classical voice, but turned to jazz because it offered her more range. "In jazz I felt I could sing these deep husky lows," she says. Her new album is 'For One to Love.' Critic at-large reviews 'Boxes,' a newly translated book by late French novelist Pascal Garnier.

Tracey Stewart On Opening A Farm Sanctuary

When they ran out of room for rescue animals in their home, Tracey Stewart and her husband, former 'Daily Show' host Jon Stewart, bought a farm. Tracey Stewart's new book is 'Do Unto Animals.' Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Twain & Stanley' by late Pulitzer Prize-winning author Oscar Hijuelos.

Actress Illeana Douglas

The actress, 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.' Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the 'Complete Bee Hive Recordings.'

Best Of: Gloria Steinem / Carrie Brownstein

Feminist icon Gloria Steinem says at 81 she is free of the "demands of gender" that she faced from adolescence onward. Her new memoir is 'My Life on the Road.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Witches.' Sleater-Kinney guitarist and singer Carrie Brownstein is known for her defiant performances, but it was vulnerability that initially drew her to music. Brownstein's new memoir is 'Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl.'