Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Remembering Merle Haggard

"I was, to say the least, probably the most incorrigible child you can think of," Haggard told Terry Gross in 1995. The country legend died Wednesday morning in California. It was his 79th birthday. Historian Eric Foner recently won the American History Book Prize from the New York Historical Society for 'Gateway to Freedom,' about the Underground Railroad. He discussed the book in 2015.

Samantha Bee

Bee, who was the longest-serving 'Daily Show' correspondent, has a new political satire show called 'Full Frontal' on TBS. She talks about feminism, her hotline for rape threats, and why she doesn't like doing stand-up comedy. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Louder than Bombs.'

How States Are Overruling Local Laws

Lisa Graves says that states can overrule local laws, and legislatures are increasingly using preemption to stop things like fracking bans, minimum wage increases, and protections for LGBT people. Ken Tucker reviews a new album from Robbie Fulks, and John Powers reviews a Brazilian film called 'Neon Bull.'

A 'Misadventure In The Start-Up Bubble'

Dan Lyons was in his 50s when he was laid off from Newsweek and went to work for a start-up. He says it was part frat house, part cult. He wrote for the HBO series 'Silicon Valley,' and his new memoir is 'Disrupted.' Maureen Corrigan reviews novel 'Alice & Oliver,' and Fresh Air says goodbye to our longtime administrative assistant, Dorothy Ferebee.

'It Was Torture': An Abu Ghraib Interrogator Confesses

The techniques Eric Fair used were legal, but what he did still weighs on his conscience. "There is no middle ground," he says. "Torture is an enhanced interrogation." His new memoir is 'Consequence.'

Best Of: Ray Romano / Baseball Injuries

Romano tells us how he landed a role in Martin Scorsese's series 'Vinyl,' how Letterman gave him his big break, and what makes him cry. Commentator Sarah Hepola says after years of complaining about hate on the Internet, she became part of the problem. Finally, pitchers of all ages are increasingly blowing out their elbows and needing what's known as Tommy John surgery. Sports writer Jeff Passan discusses his new book 'The Arm.'