Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Broadway & Film Producer Scott Rudin

After getting his start in theater at 15, Rudin went on to create his own production company. He is now the lead producer on five shows that are nominated for Tony Awards, including 'Shuffle Along.' He talks about soaring ticket prices, the risks and rewards of producing, and what he learned from director Mike Nichols.

Best Of: The Lonely Island / The Science Of Warfare

SNL veterans Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer describe themselves as "frappers" — fake rappers. Working together as The Lonely Island, their new film 'Popstar' satirizes pop documentaries. Ken Tucker reviews Paul Simon's new album, 'Stranger to Stranger.' Science writer Mary Roach explores the curious science of humans at war in her new book, 'Grunt.' She talks about medical maggots and stink bombs, and new scientific developments that help keep soldiers safe.

Reporting On The War In Syria, Despite The Obstacles To Being There

Anne Barnard of The New York Times and Thanassis Cambanis from The Century Foundation fell in love when they were reporting on the war in Iraq. Now based in Beirut, they continue to cover the region. Also, Ken Tucker reviews Paul Simon's new album, 'Stranger to Stranger.'

The Lonely Island Satirizes Breakout Success In 'Popstar'

Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone and Akiva Schaffer describe themselves as "frappers" — fake rappers. Working together as The Lonely Island, they created a comic film about pop-music documentaries. Also, Milo Miles reviews a new release from the klezmer-fusion band Naftule.

From Medical Maggots To Stench Soup: The Science Of Warfare

Science writer Mary Roach explores the curious science of humans at war in her new book, 'Grunt.' She talks about traveler's diarrhea, medical maggots, and stink bombs, and new scientific developments that help keep soldiers safe. Also, we hear an excerpt of our 1980 interview with G. Gordon Liddy, and jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'Cuong Vu Trio Meets Pat Metheny.'

Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson Live Onstage

Questlove, the drummer and leader of The Tonight Show's house band The Roots, says he's obsessed with the creative process. His new book, 'somethingtofoodabout', is a collection of his interviews with chefs about how art and creativity apply to their preparation and presentation of food. Speaking with Terry Gross in front of an audience in Philadelphia, he talks about Prince, his late father Lee Andrews, and the food equivalent of the 'Mona Lisa.'