Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Filmmaker Mike White On 'Brad's Status'

In White's new film, a father starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour. White says it's a universal situation, "but it's definitely a waste of time and energy." Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews HBO's 'The Deuce' and the new season of 'Twin Peaks.'

Singer-Songwriter Loudon Wainwright III

Wainwright has written remarkable songs about family, and how we hurt and heal each other. Now he details his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician in the memoir 'Liner Notes.'

Spy Novelist (And Former Spy) John Le Carré

The 85-year-old novelist is familiar with the moral tension inherent to working in the espionage community: "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," Le Carre says of his time as a spy. His new book is 'A Legacy of Spies.'

Best Of: Elia Kazan / Ronnie Spector / John Updike

This past week we marked our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program. Here are some highlights from that retrospective. Theater legend Elia Kazan tells us about directing Marlon Brando in 'A Streetcar Named Desire.' Ronnie Spector was the lead of the '60s girl group The Ronettes, and talks about recording her mega-hit "Be My Baby" with Phil Spector. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Updike talks about how having psoriasis affected him as a writer.

Fresh Air 30: Joey Ramone / John Waters / Divine

We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interviews from our early days. Joey Ramone, lead singer of 'The Ramones,' talks about why he doesn't mind being labeled a punk. Film director John Waters talks about 'Hairspray,' and character actor 'Divine' talks about 'Pink Flamingos.' Houston native Mat Johnson tells us how he's doing in Houston, in the wake of Harvey. And we bid farewell to producer Ann Marie Baldonado, who worked for the show for 19 years.

Fresh Air 30: Max Roach / Anita O'Day / Jay McShann

We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interviews from our early days. Drummer Max Roach was one of the originators of bebop. Singer Anita O'Day made it big singing with Gene Krupa. She changed her name from Colten to "O'Day" because it means "dough" in Pig Latin, and she hoped to make plenty of it. Pianist Jay McShann was considered the last of the great Kansas City pianists. One of his sidemen was Charlie Parker.