Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

'Crime And Punishment In Black America'

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.' Also, critic John Powers reviews the novel 'Beautiful Animals' by Lawrence Osborne.

Best Of: Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon / Life After Ballet

Comic Kumail Nanjiani remembers the first time he thought of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon: when he saw her in a coma. Now the couple has co-written a romantic comedy based on their story called 'The Big Sick.' Wendy Whelan, a ballerina with the New York City Ballet, feared she would never dance again after undergoing hip surgery when she was 46. But after reconstructive surgery and months of physical therapy, she briefly returned to the dance company that had been her home for 30 years. The new documentary 'Restless Creature' focuses on that period, when her identity was shattered

Jessi Klein: Head Writer For 'Inside Amy Schumer'

Klein won an Emmy for her work on 'Inside Amy Schumer.' Her book, 'You'll Grow Out of It,' a collection of humorous personal essays. [Originally broadcast July 2016.] 50 years ago, singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry released "Ode to Billie Joe," which prompted dozens of jazz versions. Kevin Whitehead shares a few. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Lady MacBeth.'

Following The Man Who Created President Trump

Roger Stone, one of Donald Trump's closest political advisers, is a colorful operative who has been accused of dirty tricks and disinformation for decades. Stone tried to convince Trump to run for president for close to 30 years. We talk with Morgan Pehme, co-director of the new Netflix documentary 'Get Me Roger Stone.' Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'War For the Planet of the Apes.'

Kumail Nanjiani & Emily V. Gordon On 'The Big Sick'

Comic Kumail Nanjiani remembers the first time he thought of marrying then-girlfriend Emily V. Gordon: when he saw her in a coma. Now the couple has co-written a romantic comedy based on their story called 'The Big Sick.'

Why The Justice Dept. Fails To Prosecute Executives

Only one corporate executive was convicted after the financial meltdown of 2008. Pulitzer Prize-winning 'ProPublica' reporter Jesse Eisinger's new book 'The Chickens*** Club' is about why the Department of Justice reaches settlements with banks and corporations and fails to prosecute executives. Also, commentator Mat Johnson shares a story about losing his hard drive.