Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

'Negroland' Author / The Subtle Things that Win Baseball Games

Pulitzer Prize winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson calls the region she's from, 'Negroland.' She describes it as a 'small region of Negro America where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty.' 'Negroland' is also the title of Jefferson's new memoir. And, sportswriter Lonnie Wheeler talks about his new book 'Intangiball.' It's about the intangible ways baseball players help their teams win.

Louis C.K.

One of our favorite recent interviews with comic Louis C.K. He'll talk about some of his formative experiences, like doing drugs when he was a kid. And he'll tell us how he got his start in standup, and how his comedy evolved.

Best Of: Jonathan Franzen / The Legacy of Autism

The author of the bestsellers 'The Corrections' and 'Freedom,' talks about his new novel, 'Purity.' Also, science writer Steve Silberman, author of the new book, NeuroTribes, discusses how our understanding of autism has changed over the decades, and how myths about autism caught on.

Wes Craven

We remember director Wes Craven by listening back to several interviews Terry Gross recorded with him over the years. Craven, who is best known for his horror films 'Scream,' and 'A Nightmare on Elm Street' died Sunday, August 30th. Also, critic Milo Miles reviews a new collection of songs by Argentina's most famous pop star. And commentator Jessica Grose considers the challenges of parenting when pre-schools are making it harder for working parents.

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.'