Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Fresh Air 30: Elia Kazan / Kirk Douglas / Sidney Lumet

We're marking our 30th anniversary as a daily NPR program, with a retrospective of some of our favorite interview from our early days. Theater legend Elia Kazan tells us about directing Marlon Brando in 'On the Waterfront,' Kirk Douglas on directing 'Spartacus' and hiring blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo to write the script, and Sidney Lumet talks about working with Al Pacino on 'Serpico' and 'Dog Day Afternoon.' Also, we remember 'Fresh Air' administrative assistant Dorothy Ferebee, who died last week.

Best Of: Capturing The Unabomber / Comic Bridget Everett

James R. Fitzgerald says Ted Kaczynski's writings helped crack the case that confounded the FBI for more than 17 years. 'Manhunt: Unabomber,' a TV series on the Discovery Channel, retells the story. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the new collection of stories, 'Sour Heart,' by Jenny Zhang. Comic and cabaret singer Bridget Everett (seen on 'Inside Amy Schumer') talks about her raunchy act, the music she grew up singing, and her role in the new film 'Patti Cake$.'

Fresh Air 30: Patty Duke / Carl Reiner / Antônio Carlos Jobim

To celebrate our 30th anniversary, we're listening back to interviews from 30 years ago, when 'Fresh Air' first aired as a daily, national show. Patty Duke grew up in the public eye, playing Helen Keller in the stage and screen versions of 'The Miracle Worker.' Later she starred in her own TV sitcom, 'The Patty Duke Show.' Carl Reiner spoke with Terry Gross in 1988 about how his experiences working backstage in Hollywood inspired him to create the classic sitcom 'The Dick Van Dyke Show.' Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Jobim wrote "The Girl from Ipanema," one of the songs that started the Bossa nova craze in the United States.

The 'Invisible Injuries' Of War

Former Marine Sergeant TJ Brennan suffered from memory loss and PTSD after being injured by a grenade in Afghanistan in 2010. Finbarr O'Reilly captured the event on film. Now the two men have written a book together, 'Shooting Ghosts.' Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Beach Rats.'

Armed Militias & The New Protest Landscape

Mark Pitcavage, a senior researcher at the Anti-Defamation League, talks about America's militia movement, what it stands for, and how it has evolved since the election of President Trump. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new album by pianist Vijay Iyer, and book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the new collection of stories, 'Sour Heart,' by Jenny Zhang.

Former FBI Agent On Decoding The Unabomber's Writing

James R. Fitzgerald says Ted Kaczynski's writings helped cracked the case that confounded the FBI for more than 17 years. 'Manhunt: Unabomber,' a TV series on the Discovery Channel, retells the story. Also, John Powers reviews a new edition of the noir novel 'In A Lonely Place' by Dorothy B. Hughes.