Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

The 'Tragedy' Of Richard Nixon

In his new book, New York Times journalist Tim Weiner paints a portrait of a president overwhelmed by wars at home and abroad, whose self-destructive behavior resulted in "political suicide." Ken Tucker reviews the new album from the California band Dawes and Maureen Corrigan reviews a book of short stories called 'In the Country.'

Best Of: 'Inside Out' Director / Ken Tucker On Shamir

Pete Docter directed the new Pixar film 'Inside Out' about the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind. Her emotions — Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy — are the stars, voiced by the likes of Amy Poehler and Louis Black. Ken Tucker reviews the debut album from Shamir, 'Ratchet.' In his new book, 'The End of Plenty,' journalist Joel Bourne says humanity is facing a major problem: The world is running out of food. There are promising developments to meet the threat, he says, but time is running out.

Ornette Coleman / Christopher Lee

Jazz innovator Ornette Coleman died Thursday, at the age of 85. We'll listen back to a 1987 conversation with the saxophonist and composer, as well as interviews with members of his quartet, Don Cherry and Charlie Haden. We also remember 'Dracula' actor Christopher Lee with an excerpt of his 1990 interview. Kevin Whitehead reviews a new record by arranger Michael Gibbs and jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, and David Edelstein reviews the documentary 'The Wolf Pack.'

NYT Reporter On Scott Walker's Probable Presidential Run

New York Times reporter Patrick Healy writes that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is a product of a loose network of conservative donors, think tanks and talk radio hosts who spent years preparing the road for his likely presidential run. Ken Tucker reviews the debut album from Shamir and linguist Geoff Nunberg contemplates the spelling be

Pixar Director Pete Docter On 'Inside Out' / Comedian Kumail Nanjiani

Pete Docter directed the new Pixar film 'Inside Out' about the inner workings of an 11-year-old's mind. Her emotions — Sadness, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Joy — are the stars, voiced by the likes of Amy Poehler and Louis Black. Comedian Kumail Nanjiani explains his conflicted relationship with his hometown of Karachi, Pakistan.

The 'Deadly Legacy' Of India's Partition / Les Paul

In his new book, 'Midnight's Furies,' Nisid Hajari describes the riots and massacres that ensued after Pakistan was established as a separate state from India, and how those tensions are still playing out. Fresh Air remembers Les Paul's contribution to music with his 1992 interview. He was born 100 years ago today.