Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
The mind has the ability to directly affect our health, from pain and depression to heart disease. Science writer Jo Marchant describes how things like mindfulness, virtual reality and the placebo effect are being harnessed in medical treatments. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Portable Veblen.'
Journalist Matt Katz discusses Christie's rise to power in New Jersey, the "Bridgegate" scandal and his performance in the '16 Republican presidential primary. Katz is the author of 'American Governor.' Ken Tucker reviews the debut album 'Leave Me Alone' by Hinds.
Wonder Woman's creator, William Moulton Marston, had a secret life: He had a wife and a mistress and fathered children with both of them. Jill Lepore explains in 'The Secret History of Wonder Woman.' Also, Neil Patrick Harris discusses 'Hedwig,' coming out, and being a child actor.
New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells tells us about some of his more infamous reviews, including his zero star review of Guy Fieri's Times Square 'Kitchen & Bar.' Also, chef Danny Bowien talks about opening 'Mission Chinese,' and the hurdles he overcame along the way. John Powers considers the 5-part BBC America series 'London Spy.'
Kevin Bales discusses the lives of enslaved people and the environmental impact of human bondage. Slavery often exists in places where "the local environment [has] just been destroyed," Bales says. His book is 'Blood and Earth.' Ken Tucker reviews Benji Hughes' album 'Songs in the Key of Animals.'
Jane Mayer investigates the Koch family and how 'Dark Money' enters and influences our political system. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Past' by Tessa Hadley.