Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
In the '50s, four people collaborated to create a pill that would allow women to enjoy sex. Jonathan Eig details the history in 'The Birth of the Pill.' [Originally broadcast Oct. 2014.] David Edelstein reviews 'The Martian.'
Author D. Watkins says that crack destroyed his East Baltimore neighborhood. "Everybody's parents were junkies, and all the kids were selling or using," he says. His new book is 'The Beast Side.' Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Jojo Moyes' novel 'After You.'
Journalist Joby Warrick, author of 'Black Flags,' traces the Islamic State's development from an al-Qaida-related insurgency in Iraq to a successful jihadist movement that now holds territory in Syria and Iraq.
James O'Connell refers to himself as a "street doctor." Since 1985, he has cared for homeless patients in Boston, sometimes making visits on park benches or in alleys. His memoir is 'Stories from the Shadows.' David Bianculli gives his first impression of Trevor Noah's 'Daily Show' debut.
Palliative care nurse Theresa Brown provides in-home, end-of-life care to patients. "It's incredible the love that people evoke" at the end of their lives, she says. Brown's new book is 'The Shift.' Julliette Binoche plays Antigone in a new translation of Sophocles' 2,000-year-old tragedy. The Oscar-winning actress spoke to Fresh Air contributor Anna Sale about acting, aging, and family.
As the Pope visits the U.S. for the first time, journalist Paul Vallely discuses the reforms Francis is making within the Church as well as the teachings that the pope is unlikely to change. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new edition of Erroll Garner's 'Concert by the Sea.' Dr. Elisa Port, a surgeon who specializes in the care and treatment of patients with breast cancer, says survival rates are better than ever. Her new book is 'The New Generation Breast Cancer Book.'