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

Recent Episodes

A New Look At China's Cultural Revolution

Historian Frank Dikötter says newly opened archives offer fresh details about the chaos China experienced in the 1960s, when Chairman Mao urged students to take to the streets. Ken Tucker offers his thoughts on Beyoncé's 'Lemonade.'

Pakistani Squash Champion Maria Toorpakai / Director John Carney

Growing up in the tribal region of Pakistan, Maria Toorpakai pretended she was a boy in order to compete as a weightlifter. Later she became an internationally-known squash champion. Her memoir is 'A Different Kind of Daughter.' Also, Fresh Air producer Ann Marie Baldonado talks to 'Once' director John Carney about his new film 'Sing Street,' about a teenager in the '80s who starts a band.

Larry Wilmore On The Correspondents' Dinner

The 'Nightly Show' host talks about his controversial performance at the White House Correspondents' Dinner in which he used the n-word referring to the President. "It definitely was a risk," he says. Also, we remember Jesuit priest and anti-war activist Daniel Berrigan who died Sunday.

A Personal History Of L.A. Punk

A look back at the L.A. punk scene with three people who helped define it. John Doe and Exene Cervenka, co-founders of the band X, and Dave Alvin, who joined X for a few years as their lead guitarist. In John Doe's new memoir, 'Under the Big Black Sun: A Personal History of L.A. Punk,' Doe brings together his own essays and stories from other musicians and scenemakers from that time.

Best Of: Questlove / Tom Hanks

An onstage interview with Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, the co-founder and drummer of The Roots. He talks about Prince, his late father Lee Andrews, and his new book, 'somethingtofoodabout.' David Edelstein reviews the new film 'Elvis & Nixon,' and Tom Hanks talks about growing up with multiple parents and religions. He stars in the new film 'A Hologram for the King.'

'New Yorker' Cartoonist Writes 'Honest Portrait' Of His Parents

Bruce Eric Kaplan, cartoonist for The New Yorker, recalls growing up in the 1960's and 70's in New Jersey. His illustrated memoir is called 'I Was A Child.' A remembrance of Harry Wu, who died Tuesday at the age of 79. Wu spent 19 years in a Communist Chinese labor camp. Milo Miles reviews a new tribute album for gospel-blues performer Blind Willie Johnson and David Edelstein reviews the new film 'Elvis & Nixon.'