Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Richard Price On Haunted Cops And Cases They Couldn't Close

Price says that in every precinct there's one cop who just can't let go of a case. "They all reminded me of Ahab ... looking for their whales," he says. His latest novel, 'The Whites,' is now out in paperback. [Originally broadcast Feb. 17, 2015.] David Edelstein reviews 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot' starring Tina Fey.

Comic Louie Anderson

Anderson delivers a stand-out comic performance as the mother of an embittered rodeo clown. He says, "I really loved playing this part for a big reason that my mom gets to come to life."

Single By Choice: Why Fewer American Women Are Marrying

Rebecca Traister, author of 'All The Single Ladies,' says the declining marriage rates among adult women are less about the institution of marriage and more about the opportunities available to women today. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'The Lonely City.'

The 'Secret Lives' Of American Girls / Author Victor LaValle

Journalist Nancy Jo Sales says the Internet fosters a kind of sexism that is harmful to teen girls. Her new book is 'American Girls: Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers.' Also, author Victor LaValle loved reading the horror stories of H.P. Lovecraft as a kid. It wasn't until later that LaValle recognized the racism in Lovecraft's work and felt the need to respond. His new book is 'The Ballad of Black Tom.'

Best Of: Maggie Smith / 'Hap And Leonard' Mystery Writer

Known for her recent work in 'Downton Abbey' and the 'Harry Potter' films, the Oscar-winning actress now stars in 'The Lady in the Van,' a film about an elderly woman who lived in a van for 15 years. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'All My Yesterdays' by Thad Jones and Mel Lewis. Also, author Joe R. Lansdale grew up poor in east Texas and worked as a janitor and in a potato field before finding success as a writer. 'Honky Tonk Samurai' is the latest book in his 'Hap and Leonard' mystery series.