Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

How The FBI's Wiretaps & Sting Operation Failed To Stop The Orlando Shooter

New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau discusses the FBI's investigation of shooter Omar Mateen prior to the Orlando attack, as well as the bureau's broader efforts to pinpoint suspected terrorists. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'They May Not Mean To, But They Do,' by Cathleen Schine. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Allen Toussaint's final recording.

'Nobody Is Immune': Bracing For Zika In The U.S.

New York Times science and health reporter Donald. G. McNeil Jr. predicts that 2016 will be the worst for Zika transmission in the U.S. "After this year, a fair number of people will be immune, and ... immunity will grow," he says. Also, we remember Michael Herr, whose 1977 book 'Dispatches' was based on his experiences covering the Vietnam War. He contributed to the films 'Apocalypse Now' and 'Full Metal Jacket.' Herr died last week.

Broadway Singer Barbara Cook

After starring in Broadway shows like 'The Music Man' and 'Candide,' Cook struggled with addiction, then staged a successful second career as a cabaret singer. Her new memoir is 'Then and Now.' Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Wiener-Dog.'

Best Of: 'Veep' Actor Tony Hale / 'What A Fish Knows'

Tony Hale played Buster on 'Arrested Development' and is Gary Walsh on the HBO comedy series, 'Veep.' "There's a reason why I do anxious characters," he says. "It comes from a lot of personal anxiety." Commentator Sarah Hepola had to rethink her sex life after she quit drinking. She shares an essay about that experience. Jonathan Balcombe, author of 'What a Fish Knows,' says that fish have a conscious awareness — or "sentience" — that allows them to experience pain, recognize individual humans and have memory.

Bluegrass Legend Ralph Stanley

The Grammy Award-winning bluegrass pioneer died yesterday at 89. Stanley spoke with Terry Gross in 2002, after his work on the 'O Brother, Where Art Thou?' soundtrack. Also, the Broadway revival of the 1963 musical 'She Loves Me' will be streamed live on June 30. Director Scott Ellis and lyricist Sheldon Harnick talk about the show.