Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Donald Trump's White Nationalist Support

The New Yorker staff writer Evan Osnos discusses his article about Trump's white nationalist support. Also linguist Geoff Nunberg examines new attacks on the word "so" and considers whether "so" is being overused.

The Legacy Of Autism

Science writer Steve Silberman talks about how different factors — including Nazi extermination plans and a (now discredited) journal article about vaccines — have shaped our current understanding of autism. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews Jonathan Franzen's new novel, 'Purity.'

Jonathan Franzen

The author of 'The Corrections' and the new novel 'Purity' likens writing to losing himself in a dream. "When it's really going well ... you're in a fantasy land and feeling no pain," he says.

Oliver Sacks

The neurologist, who died Sunday, saw "infinitely moving, dramatic, romantic situations" during his decades studying the human brain. Fresh Air remembers Sacks with interviews from 1985 and 2012.

Best Of: Alison Bechdel's 'Fun Home' / 'Blackout' Author Sarah Hepola

The musical and graphic novel 'Fun Home' describe Alison Bechdel's coming out, and her dad's closeted homosexuality. She says, "In many ways ... my professional career has been a reaction to my father's life." 'Fun Home' won five Tonys this year, including the award for best musical. Lyricst Lisa Kron and composer Jeanine Tesori join Bechdel in the conversation. Sarah Hepola once got so drunk that she gave a presentation to 300 people — and didn't remember a thing the next day. She wrestles with her reasons for drinking in the memoir 'Blackout.'

Larry David / Writer Chris Offutt On His Father, The Pornographer

Writer Chris Offutt's late father went from running a small insurance agency to writing more than 400 books, mostly pornography. Offutt discusses his father's career. Also, Larry David talks about his Broadway show 'Fish in the Dark,' and how his character on 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' changed him in real life. [Originally broadcast March 2015]