Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Trevor Noah

The 'Daily Show' host revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, 'Born a Crime.' Noah says writing the book helped him see that his mother was the real hero of his story.

Zadie Smith

Writer Zadie Smith talks about the nature of talent, nostalgia, and why she likes talking to people with whom she disagrees. Her new novel is 'Swing Time.'

Best Of: Francis Ford Coppola / Casey Affleck

Coppola was 29 when he signed on to direct 'The Godfather.' Coppola talks about his disagreements with the studio, casting Marlon Brando, and his own Italian-American family. Also, Casey Affleck talks about his new film 'Manchester by the Sea,' his childhood, and getting cast in 'Gone Baby Gone,' by his brother Ben.

Novelist Colson Whitehead / Rep. John Lewis

As a child, Colson Whitehead imagined the Underground Railroad to be a subway beneath the earth that escaped slaves could ride to freedom. He returns to his childhood vision in his novel, 'Underground Railroad,' which won the National Book Award. Congressman John Lewis recalls marching for voting rights from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama in 1965, when he was beaten by police. He spoke to Terry Gross in 2009. Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Manchester by the Sea.'

Steve Bannon's Rise / Casey Affleck

'Bloomberg' journalist Joshua Green discusses Steve Bannon's work for the alt-right website Breitbart News. Trump's chief strategist, Green says, was "one of the major figures" in Clinton's defeat. Also, Casey Affleck talks about his new film 'Manchester by the Sea,' his childhood, and getting cast in 'Gone Baby Gone,' by his brother Ben.

Francis Ford Coppola On 'The Godfather'

Coppola was 29 when he signed on to direct a film based on Mario Puzo's novel about an Italian-American crime family. "I was always just trying to bluff the studio to let me do it my way," he says.