Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Best Of: Ray Romano / Baseball Injuries

Romano tells us how he landed a role in Martin Scorsese's series 'Vinyl,' how Letterman gave him his big break, and what makes him cry. Commentator Sarah Hepola says after years of complaining about hate on the Internet, she became part of the problem. Finally, pitchers of all ages are increasingly blowing out their elbows and needing what's known as Tommy John surgery. Sports writer Jeff Passan discusses his new book 'The Arm.'

Remembering Actress Patty Duke

Duke won an Oscar for her portrayal of Helen Keller in 1962's 'The Miracle Worker.' She died Tuesday at the age of 69. She spoke to Terry Gross in 1988. Also, novelist Vendela Vida discusses her novel 'The Diver's Clothes Lie Empty,' about the sense of dislocation that often comes with traveling to another country. Film critic David Edelstein reviews the Miles Davis biopic, 'Miles Ahead.'

Nora Ephron's Son Tells Her Story / Injuries On The Pitcher's Mound

Pitchers of all ages are increasingly blowing out their arms and needing what's known as Tommy John surgery. Sports writer Jeff Passan discusses his new book 'The Arm.' Jacob Bernstein is the director of the new HBO documentary about his mother, late writer and director, Nora Ephron (Heartburn, When Harry Met Sally). It's about her life, her writing and her fatal illness, which she kept secret from almost everyone.

Ray Romano

Ever since 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' the actor says he's been trying to take on more dramatic roles. In the HBO series 'Vinyl' he plays a record company executive who contemplates suicide.

'Girls & Sex' And The Importance Of Talking About Pleasure

Author Peggy Orenstein says that when it comes to sexuality, girls hear that "they're supposed to be sexy, they're supposed to perform sexually for boys, but ... their sexual pleasure is unspoken." Orenstein discusses the effect hook-up culture, porn, and pop stars have had on girls' lives. Then, commentator Sarah Hepola says after years of complaining about hate on the Internet, she became part of the problem.

The Spanish Civil War And The Fight Against Fascism

According to Adam Hochschild, about 2,800 Americans fought in the Spanish Civil War, and some were bombed by Nazis years before the U.S. entered World War II. His new book is 'Spain in Our Hearts.' John Powers reviews the French film 'My Golden Days.'