Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

A Century Of Sex Laws / The Obsessive Hunt For Rare 78 RPM Records

American sex laws have not always kept pace with society's changing standards. In 'The Boundaries of Desire,' Eric Berkowitz explores how the legal system has addressed sex in the last century. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'A Tour of Bones.' In 'Do Not Sell At Any Price,' Amanda Petrusich details the extreme measures collectors take in pursuit of rare 78rpm records.

The Modern Struggle For Voting Rights In America

The Voting Rights Act of 1965 outlawed racial discrimination in voting. But author Ari Berman says a 2013 Supreme Court ruling blocks the act's enforcement — and opened the door for new restrictions.

Best Of: 'Friday Night Lights' Turns 25 / Noir Novel 'Dragonfish'

Twenty-five years ago, Buzz Bissinger wrote about the big-time stakes of small-town high-school football in 'Friday Night Lights.' Now he talks about the impact the book had on the players and himself. Maureen Corrigan reviews noir novel 'Dragonfish.' In her new book, 'Voices in the Ocean,' Susan Casey describes the life of dolphins and details some new threats the animals face, such as organized dolphin kills and man-made sounds in the ocean.

'Blood Will Out,' A True Story Of Murder And Deception

Author Walter Kirn thought he was befriending an eccentric Rockefeller, but his pal turned out to be an impostor wanted for murder. His book is 'Blood will Out.' [Originally broadcast March 2014]. David Edelstein reviews 'Ricki and the Flash' and David Bianculli comments on last night's farewell to Jon Stewart.

Jon Stewart

In honor of Jon Stewart's final night as host of 'The Daily Show,' we play excerpts of Stewart's Fresh Air interviews from 2000, 2010 and 2014. In his most recent interview, Stewart contemplates the end of his hosting run: "I don't know that there will ever be anything that I will ever be as well-suited for as this show," he said. We'll also hear from Ben Karlin, former Executive Producer of 'The Daily Show.'

Why It Took Years To Arrest A Former NFL Star For Sexual Assault

Former NFL player Darren Sharper pleaded guilty to rape charges involving nine women in four states. ProPublica reporter T. Christian Miller says local police weren't sharing information. Kevin Whitehead reviews jazz trombonist Ku-umba Frank Lacy's album dedicated to Charles Mingus.