Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Inside The Global Seed Vault

Cary Fowler discusses his new book, 'Seeds on Ice,' about a tunnel near the North Pole where hundreds of thousands of crop varieties are being stored in case of a catastrophe. Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Out in the Storm' by Waxahatchee.

Best Of: Billy Bragg / 'Crime And Punishment In Black America'

The British singer-songwriter writes about skiffle, a music movement inspired by American roots music, in his new book 'Roots, Radicals and Rockers.' He brings his guitar to the studio to play skiffle and some of his own songs. Also, James Forman Jr., son of civil rights activists, says that African-American leaders seeking to combat drugs and crime often supported policies that disproportionately targeted the black community. His book is 'Locking Up Our Own.'

Issa Rae Of HBO's 'Insecure' / Remembering George Romero

As a self-described "awkward black girl," Rae says she often felt that she was straddling two worlds growing up. She drew on her own experiences to create the HBO series 'Insecure,' now beginning its second season. Also, we listen back to a 1988 interview with 'Night of the Living Dead' director George Romero. He died Sunday at 77. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Dunkirk.'

Our Vulnerable Election System / Remembering Martin Landau

Journalist Kim Zetter has been writing about cybersecurity and the integrity of our voting systems for more than a decade. Zetter talks about how election security has already been breached, and what kind of hack could happen next. Also, we remember Oscar-winning actor Martin Landau. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1990. Book critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two comic novels.

Billy Bragg

The British singer-songwriter writes about skiffle, a music movement inspired by American roots music, in his new book 'Roots, Radicals and Rockers.' He brings his guitar to the studio to play skiffle and some of his own songs.

Inside The 'Shakespearian Irony' Of Trump & Bannon's Relationship

Author Joshua Green says that although Steve Bannon was instrumental to Donald Trump's election, it now appears that the president lacks the ability to implement Bannon's nationalist vision. Green's new book is 'Devil's Bargain.' Also, critic Lloyd Schwartz shares an appreciation of playwright Samuel Beckett's short silent film 'Film,' starring Buster Keaton.