Fresh Air with Terry Gross is weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues with intimate conversations and unusual insights.
Journalist Joby Warrick, author of 'Black Flags,' traces the Islamic State's development from an al-Qaida-related insurgency in Iraq to a successful jihadist movement that now holds territory in Syria and Iraq.
James O'Connell refers to himself as a "street doctor." Since 1985, he has cared for homeless patients in Boston, sometimes making visits on park benches or in alleys. His memoir is 'Stories from the Shadows.' David Bianculli gives his first impression of Trevor Noah's 'Daily Show' debut.
Palliative care nurse Theresa Brown provides in-home, end-of-life care to patients. "It's incredible the love that people evoke" at the end of their lives, she says. Brown's new book is 'The Shift.' Julliette Binoche plays Antigone in a new translation of Sophocles' 2,000-year-old tragedy. The Oscar-winning actress spoke to Fresh Air contributor Anna Sale about acting, aging, and family.
As the Pope visits the U.S. for the first time, journalist Paul Vallely discuses the reforms Francis is making within the Church as well as the teachings that the pope is unlikely to change. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews a new edition of Erroll Garner's 'Concert by the Sea.' Dr. Elisa Port, a surgeon who specializes in the care and treatment of patients with breast cancer, says survival rates are better than ever. Her new book is 'The New Generation Breast Cancer Book.'
The mezzo-soprano discovered opera as a 22-year-old pre-med student. She took "a crack at a singing career" and has been at the Metropolitan Opera for 25 years. [Originally broadcast March 2014.] David Edelstein reviews '99 Homes.'
On Saturday, comic Jim Gaffigan will be performing in Philadelphia for an audience that may include Pope Francis. A practicing Catholic, the comic says faith is a central part of his humor. Classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews the soundtrack of 'The Golden Apple.'