Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Photographer Abbas

Abbas became interested in religion while covering the Iranian Revolution. "I could see that the waves of passion [that were] raised by the Revolution were not going to stop at the borders," he says. Abbas spent seven years chronicling Islam, then he moved on to other faiths, such as Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism, Paganism and Shamanism. Also, multimedia artist Laurie Anderson talks about her documentary 'Heart of the Dog.'

Pixar Director Peter Sohn on 'The Good Dinosaur'

Peter Sohn's new film 'The Good Dinosaur' imagines a world in which the dinosaurs did not go extinct and live alongside humans. Sohn also worked on 'Up,' 'Ratatouille,' and 'Wall-E.' Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new series streaming on Amazon, 'The Man in the High Castle.'

'Brooklyn' Star Saoirse Ronan & Dir. John Crowley / Novelist David Mitchell

Irish actress Saoirse Ronan plays a homesick immigrant forced to choose between her familiar hometown and an unpredictable new life in John Crowley's new film, 'Brooklyn.' Also, Fresh Air producer Sam Briger talks to novelist David Mitchell about 'Slade House,' which began as a series of tweets.

In Attack's Wake, France Grapples With What It Means To Be French

Elaine Sciolino, the former Paris bureau chief for The New York Times, says the city's recent terror attacks highlight growing tensions concerning multiculturalism and immigration in France. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews an album from Wreckless Eric.

Best Of: SNL 'Weekend Update' Co-Anchors / Shonda Rhimes

As hosts of Saturday Night Live's news segment, Colin Jost and Michael Che are used to joking about hot-button issues. "Whoever is in a position of power, you're going to take shots at," Jost says. The two talk about having Donald Trump host and their first open mic nights. Ken Tucker considers the confluence of country and pop music following the Justin Timberlake/Chris Stapleton duet at the CMAs. Shonda Rhimes, the force behind ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, loves telling stories. "My goal is to find a way to spend all of my time writing," Rhimes says.

Allen Toussaint

Allen Toussaint, a central figure in the New Orleans R&B scene during the 50s and 60s, died in Spain on Monday. He was 77. [Originally broadcast in 1988.] Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Brooklyn.'