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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

Maggie Smith

Known for her recent work in 'Downton Abbey' and the 'Harry Potter' films, the Oscar-winning actress now stars in 'The Lady in the Van,' a film about an elderly woman who lived in a van for 15 years. Also, Ken Tucker reviews Bonnie Raitt's new album 'Dig in Deep.'

Is A Disease That Will Kill Tens Of Millions Coming?

Author Sonia Shah says that urbanization and air travel put the global population at an increased risk for disease. "Zika is a great example of how new pathogens are emerging today," she says. Her new book is 'Pandemic.' Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'A Doubter's Almanac.'

Best Of: 'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah / How To Run A Drug Cartel

'Daily Show' host Trevor Noah says his experience growing up with a white father and a black mother in South Africa enables him to see both sides of political issues — which helps when it comes to doing satire. Also, Ken Tucker reviews 'Wild Stab' by the I Don't Cares. Then, as a business reporter in Mexico, Tom Wainwright noticed that the business models of the drug cartels are similar to those of big-box stores and franchises. His new book is 'Narconomics.'

'Inside Out' And 'Anomalisa' Directors

Both 'Inside Out' and 'Anomalisa' are nominated for Best Animated Film at this year's Oscars. Pixar director Pete Docter talks about illustrates the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind, personifying Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy. 'Anomalisa' filmmakers Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson discuss the challenges of choreographing puppets in everything from walking to a sex scene.

'Daily Show' Host Trevor Noah

Trevor Noah says his experience growing up with a white father and a black mother in South Africa enable him see both sides of political issues — which helps when it comes to doing satire.

A Secular History Of Conversion

Journalist Susan Jacoby says that more than half of Americans will change religion at least once in their adult life time. Her new book is 'Strange Gods: A Secular History of Conversion.' Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews a new recording of Ravel's 'L'Enfant et les Sortilèges.'