Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Bryan Cranston

After five seasons as Walt on AMC's 'Breaking Bad,' Cranston reinvented himself as Lyndon B. Johnson in the play (and now HBO film) 'All the Way.' Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Maggie's Plan,' starring Greta Gerwig, and we remember '60 Minutes' correspondent Morley Safer in an excerpt of his 1990 interview. He died Thursday at 84.

The Panama Papers Explained

Documents leaked from a Panama-based law firm have offered new insight into how easy it is for the rich and corrupt to hide their assets. McClatchy's Kevin Hall has been reporting on the documents. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new album from Ralph Peterson's trio. Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Eleven Hours,' a novel about the "beauty and brutality" of childbirth.

'Black-ish' Creator Kenya Barris

Barris' ABC comedy series 'Black-ish' was inspired by his own family experiences. He says the show is about "raising your kids in a different environment than you were accustomed to being raised in." He talks about police brutality, the n-word, and why his show isn't like 'The Cosby Show.'

Author Viet Thanh Nguyen: 'Vietnam Is A Country And Not A War'

Viet Thanh Nguyen and his family fled their village in South Vietnam in 1975. He won the Pulitzer Prize this year for 'The Sympathizer,' a spy novel set during and just after the war in Vietnam. TV critic David Bianculli discusses late-night TV's shift to any-time social media.

The Power Of Genes

Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee says genetics play a significant role in identity, temperament, sexual orientation, and disease risk — but that environment also matters. His new book is 'The Gene.' John Powers reviews the film, 'A Bigger Splash.'

Best Of: Writer Richard Russo / Daniel Clowes / A Cultural History Of Pit Bulls

Pulitzer-Prize winning author Richard Russo on his new novel 'Everybody's Fool,' caring for his mother who suffered from OCD, and why he "feels like an idiot" going to cemeteries. Daniel Clowes is one of the most influential artists in the independent comics world. He talks about his latest book, 'Patience.' Author Bronwen Dickey says the idea of pit bulls as predators is based on myth and misinformation. In the early Hollywood era, the dogs were often chosen to appear in comedies. Her book is 'Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.'