Fresh Air

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

Recent Episodes

Best Of: Jeffrey Tambor / 'Murray Christmas' / Rick Moody

Jeffrey Tambor talks about his role as a 70-something transgender woman on the Amazon series 'Transparent.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews the Netflix special 'A Very Murray Christmas,' starring Bill Murray and directed by Sofia Coppola. Rick Moody discusses his new novel, which is told solely in the form of online hotel reviews. The narrator of 'Hotels Of North America' is increasingly down on his luck — and may even be homeless.

Celebrating Sinatra's 100th Birthday

On the eve of what would have been Frank Sinatra's 100th birthday, we listen back to our 1997 interview with biographer Will Friedwald, author of 'Sessions with Sinatra.' Film critic David Edelstein reviews 'The Big Short.'

Jeffrey Tambor On 'Transparent'

The actor plays a 70-something transgender woman on the Amazon series 'Transparent.' It's a role he loves. As Maura, Tambor says, "I find myself much more vulnerable and I find myself less protective." Also Fresh Air remembers Islamic feminist Fatema Mernissi in an excerpt of her 1993 interview.

The U.S. Has A Mass Shooting Epidemic, But No Government Database On Gun Violence

In 2012, journalist Mark Follman searched for comprehensive data about America's mass shootings and found that very little existed. So he and his colleagues began compiling a database of their own. Also, Fresh Air remembers Holly Woodlawn, muse to Lou Reed, who died Sunday. She spoke to Terry Gross in 1991.

Poet R. Dwayne Betts

After being convicted of carjacking as a teenager, Reginald Dwayne Betts spent eight years in an adult prison. Since his release, he has become a poet and a Yale law student. His new collection of poetry is called 'Bastards of the Reagan Era.' Also, Fresh Air remembers 'Scarface' and 'Sopranos' actor Robert Loggia in an excerpt of his 1987 interview.

Writer Rick Moody On 'Hotels Of North America' / Book Critic's Best Of 2015

Rick Moody discusses his new novel, which is told solely in the form of online hotel reviews. The narrator of 'Hotels Of North America' is increasingly down on his luck — and may even be homeless. Maureen Corrigan shares her list of best books of 2015. Kevin Whitehead reviews Matthew Shipp's 'Conduct of Jazz.'