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Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.

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The Science Of Exercise Recovery / Adam Savage Of 'MythBusters'

48:47 | Feb 11th

From sports drinks to protein powders, compression therapy to cupping, there's a whole industry of products and services designed to help us adapt to and recover from exercise. But does any of it work? That's the question health journalist Christie A...Show More

Inside The Fight For Free Press

47:35 | Mar 12th

David McCraw, deputy general counsel for 'The New York Times,' talks about legal issues he's faced on the job — from the president's lawyer threatening to sue for libel to the decision to publish WikiLeaks documents and #MeToo allegations. His book i...Show More

50 Years Of 'The Godfather'

47:26 | Mar 8th

We mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Mario Puzo's novel 'The Godfather' by listening back to our '96 interview with Puzo and our '16 interview with director Francis Ford Coppola, who adapted the novel into the iconic film. Film critic J...Show More

The Story Of American Imperialism

49:41 | Feb 18th

American presidents like to describe the United States as a force for freedom and independence in the world. Historian Daniel Immerwahr says there are also plenty of times in our history when we've subjugated and ruled foreign lands, sometimes with b...Show More

'Beale Street' & 'Vice' Film Composer Nicholas Britell

47:39 | Jan 30th

Composer Nicholas Britell says when he's writing a score, he wants the audience to lose themselves in the film. "Music can have so much power, but you have to be careful with that power." He talks with Terry Gross about finding the right sound for a ...Show More

How America Became A Nation Of Immigrants

48:21 | Jan 16th

For many years, U.S. immigration favored immigrants from ​​northern Europe. NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten explains how a 1965 law changed things — and led to the current debate about border security. His book is 'A Nation of Nations.' Also, jazz cri...Show More

Ben Stiller On 'Escape At Dannemora'

46:55 | Jan 8th

Stiller directed the Showtime series 'Escape at Dannemora,' which dramatizes the true story of two murderers' escape from a maximum security prison in 2015. "It seemed like such an old-fashioned sort of escape, and I thought, 'Wow, how can that happe...Show More

'Surviving R. Kelly' Filmmaker dream hampton

47:30 | Feb 20th

Last week, reports surfaced of a new videotape showing singer R. Kelly engaging in sex acts with an underage girl. This is not the first time the R&B star has been accused of sexual abuse. Allegations have circled Kelly for decades; in 2002, a videot...Show More

The Neuroscience Of Addiction

47:31 | Feb 12th

Growing up, Judith Grisel struggled with alcohol, marijuana and cocaine. Now, as a neuroscientist, she's working to understand the biological basis of addiction. Her new book is 'Never Enough.' Grisel talks about how various drugs affect the brain, a...Show More

Environmental Photographer Captures Climate Change

48:34 | Feb 6th

The new documentary 'The Human Element' follows photographer James Balog as he captures images of rising sea levels, melting glaciers and roaring wildfires associated with climate change. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the essay collecti...Show More

John C. Reilly

48:40 | Jan 15th

By his own count, Reilly has acted in almost 80 movies, including 'Boogie Nights,' 'Chicago,' 'Talladega Nights' and 'Walk Hard.' Now, he's co-starring with Steve Coogan as half of the iconic comedy duo Laurel and Hardy in 'Stan & Ollie.' Reilly talk...Show More

A Roots & Rockabilly Christmas Concert With JD McPherson

50:34 | Dec 11th, 2018

Songwriter JD McPherson pledged he'd never do an album of Christmas songs — but we're so glad he's broken that promise. He and his band perform live in-studio from their album 'Socks,' and McPherson talks about his upbringing on a cattle farm in rura...Show More

Actor Jonathan Groff

47:37 | Jan 1st, 2018

Our Best of 2017 series comes to an end with actor Jonathan Groff. He stars in the Netflix series 'Mindhunter' as an FBI agent trying to understand the minds of serial killers. He played King George III in Broadway's 'Hamilton,' had a recurring role ...Show More

'Confessions Of A Nuclear War Planner'

48:53 | Dec 4th, 2017

Daniel Ellsberg became one of the best-known opponents of the Vietnam War in 1971, when he leaked the Pentagon Papers, a secret Defense Department study of the war, to the 'New York Times.' He has a new memoir 'The Doomsday Machine,' about his years ...Show More

'Why We Sleep'

49:12 | Oct 16th, 2017

Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says sleep deficiency is associated with problems with concentration, memory, the immune system and shorter lifespans. Walker discusses the effects of caffeine, alcohol, sleeping pills and some tips to help you sleep be...Show More

Remembering Tom Petty

47:47 | Oct 3rd, 2017

Singer and guitarist Tom Petty, who died Monday night, spoke with Terry Gross in 2006 about the seeds of his Hall Of Fame career: "We always wanted very much to create our own sound." Milo Miles reviews a new collection of African dance music.

The 'Great Quake' That Changed Our Understanding Of The Planet

48:53 | Jul 26th, 2017

Science writer Henry Fountain says the deadly quake that shook Alaska in 1964 was so loud some thought it was the beginning of World War III. His new book is 'The Great Quake.' Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews a biography of noir writer Chester Himes, ...Show More

From Fastballs To Greaseballs, A History Of Baseball In 10 Pitches

48:06 | Apr 18th

'New York Times' baseball writer Tyler Kepner spoke to 22 hall-of-fame pitchers about what they throw, and how they get a mental edge over hitters. His new book is 'K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches.'Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'Lo...Show More

Actor Christopher Meloni / Tiger Woods' Historic Comeback

49:26 | Apr 17th

After 12 seasons on Law & Order: SVU, Christopher Meloni plays a disgraced policeman-turned-hit man in the second season of the Syfi Channel series Happy!. Meloni talks about being a bouncer before he broke into acting, playing tough guys, and life a...Show More

How Climate Change Threatens Humanity

47:36 | Apr 16th

Bill McKibben, who first warned of climate change 30 years ago, says its effects are now upon us. He talks about heat waves, fires, flooding, drought, and, soon, millions of climate refugees. "The idea that anybody's going to be immune from this anyw...Show More

Robert Caro

48:20 | Apr 15th

The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist was never interested in only telling the stories of great men. Instead, he says, "I wanted to use their lives to show how political power worked." He talks about his two most famous works — biographies o...Show More

Best Of: Henry Winkler / Rob Delaney

50:04 | Apr 13th

After wrapping up his role as 'Happy Days' iconic cool guy, The Fonz, in 1985, Winkler struggled with typecasting. Eventually he was able to move on. He plays a self-involved acting teacher on HBO's 'Barry.' He talks with Terry Gross about his early ...Show More

Ray Romano / Remembering Seymour Cassel

47:54 | Apr 13th

Ray Romano spoke to Terry Gross in 2016 about life after 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' and how fame has affected him. "Here's what I say: Before I thought my cab driver hated me; now I think my limo driver hates me." His new Netflix special is 'Right H...Show More

Henry Winkler

49:04 | Apr 11th

After wrapping up his role as 'Happy Days' iconic cool guy, The Fonz, in 1985, Winkler struggled with typecasting. Eventually he was able to move on. He plays a self-involved acting teacher on HBO's 'Barry.' He talks with Terry Gross about his early ...Show More

American Prosecution & Mass Incarceration

47:35 | Apr 10th

The U.S. prison population is booming; an estimated 2.1 million people were incarcerated in America in 2016, and as many people in the U.S. have criminal records as have graduated from four-year colleges. Journalist and Yale Law lecturer Emily Bazelo...Show More

Congress In The Trump Era

47:50 | Apr 9th

Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer, who cover Congress for 'Politico,' discuss the power dynamics of Capitol Hill during the Trump Presidency. Their new book is 'The Hill To Die On.'Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'Normal People' by Sa...Show More

How Climate Change Became A Partisan Issue

48:13 | Apr 8th

Journalist Nathaniel Rich talks about the missed opportunities in our recent history that could've halted or slowed climate change. Rich says that from 1979 until 1989, climate change was viewed as a bipartisan problem — then the the oil industry "de...Show More

Best Of: Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin / A Therapist Goes To Therapy

49:43 | Apr 6th

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who conducts New York's Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra, spoke with Terry Gross in front of a live audience for a WHYY event about his style of leadership and using his whole body when he conducts. John Powers ...Show More

Dancer Gwen Verdon Of 'Fosse/Verdon'

49:21 | Apr 5th

The new FX series 'Fosse/Verdon' celebrates the professional and romantic relationship between legendary choreographer Bob Fosse and dancer Gwen Verdon. He created the musicals 'Chicago,' 'Damn Yankees,' and 'Sweet Charity' for her. After David Bianc...Show More

Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin

48:30 | Apr 4th

Nézet-Séguin, who directs the New York's Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra, spoke with Terry Gross in front of a live audience for a WHYY event about his style of leadership, using his whole body when he conducts, and being a high-pro...Show More

Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. / Rob Delaney Of 'Catastrophe'

49:54 | Apr 3rd

Henry Louis Gates Jr. points to post-Civil War Reconstruction as the genesis of white supremacy, as white Southerners looked for ways to roll back the newly acquired rights of African-Americans. His new book is 'Stony the Road.'Rob Delaney, the co-cr...Show More

The Ongoing Crisis In Venezuela

49:14 | Apr 2nd

'New York Times' reporter Nicholas Casey was in Maracaibo, Venezuela, in March 2019 during a six-day power outage that left 30 million people in the dark. "By the fourth day," he says, "you started to hear shots getting fired in the street." Shortage...Show More

The Motivations & Impact Of SCOTUS Justice John Roberts

49:24 | Apr 1st

CNN legal affairs correspondent Joan Biskupic discusses the roots of Roberts' conservatism and his work for the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. She says he's had a conservative impact on the law, but is also deeply concerned about the co...Show More

Best Of: John Mulaney / Natasha Lyonne

49:11 | Mar 30th

John Mulaney was a writer at 'Saturday Night Live' for five years and recently returned to host for the first time. He talks about his 'SNL' audition, writing monologues for famous hosts, and drawing on his Catholic upbringing for stand-up material.A...Show More

Mexican-American Writer Finds Inspiration In Family, Tragedy & Trump

48:15 | Mar 29th

Luis Alberto Urrea's book 'The House of Broken Angels' borrows from the story of his older brother, who died of cancer. He says the book went through a dramatic rewrite after Trump became president. [Originally broadcast March 2018.] Also, TV critic ...Show More

A Therapist Goes To Therapy (And Gets A Taste Of Her Own Medicine)

46:48 | Mar 28th

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist who started seeing a therapist herself after the man she thought she would marry unexpectedly broke up with her. "I think that therapy at any age, it helps people to relate better to themselves and to the people aro...Show More

Natasha Lyonne On 'Russian Doll'

47:54 | Mar 27th

Lyonne's character on the Netflix series 'Russian Doll' keeps dying and coming back to life. It's a premise that strikes a chord with the actor; Lyonne had a near-death experience in 2005. She talks with Terry Gross about how that experience informs ...Show More

Comic John Mulaney

47:43 | Mar 26th

Mulaney was a writer at 'Saturday Night Live' for five years and recently returned to host for the first time. "I was absolutely terrified," he says. "To be performing something you've written and trying to listen to the jokes while making sure you'r...Show More

The New Zealand Massacre And The Global Resurgence Of Extremism

47:48 | Mar 25th

J.M. Berger studies the online activity of extremists. He warns that white nationalism is a growing phenomenon worldwide — with many in the movement drawing inspiration from President Trump. "When we do the social media analysis, it comes shouting ou...Show More

Best Of: The Emotional Lives Of Primates / Playwright & Actor Heidi Schreck

48:43 | Mar 23rd

Primatologist Frans de Waal has spent 40 years studying the behavior and emotions of primates. He talks about how primates experience jealousy, reconciliation, and empathy — just like humans. "That's a spectrum of behavior that we have, and the same ...Show More

Remembering Poet W.S. Merwin / 'King Of The Surf Guitar' Dick Dale

48:59 | Mar 22nd

W.S. Merwin, the former U.S. poet laureate, died March 15. He was a prolific writer as well as a conservationist and a conscientious objector during World War II. He spoke to 'Fresh Air' in 2008. Dick Dale, who was known as the "King of the Surf Guit...Show More

Did Russia Influence The Brexit Movement?

48:16 | Mar 21st

'New Yorker' journalist Ed Caesar discusses Arron Banks, the British businessman who funded the most extreme end of the pro-Brexit "Leave" campaign — possibly with help from Russia.Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Carsie Blanton's new album 'Buck Up.'

How Women Have Been 'Profoundly' Left Out Of The Constitution

47:22 | Mar 20th

As a teen, Heidi Schreck debated the Constitution in competitions. Later she realized it had failed to protect four generations of women in her family. "I believed it was perfect. I believed it was a tool of justice. I did not realize as a 15-year-ol...Show More

The Emotional Lives Of Primates

48:34 | Mar 19th

Primatologist Frans de Waal has spent 40 years studying the behavior and emotions of primates. He talks about how primates experience jealousy, reconciliation, and empathy — just like humans. "That's a spectrum of behavior that we have, and the same ...Show More

Exposing The Health Risks Of Incarceration

49:27 | Mar 18th

Dr. Homer Venters spent nine years overseeing the care of thousands of inmates on New York City's Rikers Island. He details horrific cases of inmate deaths from beatings and neglect, and how a new medical record system could be used as a human rights...Show More

Best Of: Aidy Bryant / Finding God In The Faith Of Others

50:15 | Mar 16th

'Saturday Night Live' cast member Aidy Bryant mourns the time she lost in her teens and early 20s feeling self-conscious about her weight and living in fear of judgment about her body. "The second I stopped being afraid of someone calling me fat, I w...Show More

Remembering Drummer Hal Blaine / Chef Lidia Bastianich

48:28 | Mar 15th

Hal Blaine, one of the most prolific drummers in rock 'n' roll history, played on recordings with the Beach Boys, Elvis, Sinatra and many others. He died Monday at age 90. Blaine was part of the group of sought-after studio musicians known as "The W...Show More

Aidy Bryant On 'SNL' & 'Shrill'

48:20 | Mar 14th

'Saturday Night Live' cast member Aidy Bryant mourns the time she lost in her teens and early 20s feeling self-conscious about her weight and living in fear of judgment about her body. She recalls counting calories, trying diets and hating everything...Show More

Why Emergency Room Visits Cost So Much

46:54 | Mar 13th

How could an ER visit in which a patient receives nothing more than a Band-Aid cost $629? Sarah Kliff, a health policy reporter for 'Vox,' spent over a year reading ER bills and investigating the reasons behind the high costs. Emergency rooms have a ...Show More

Finding God In the Faith Of Others

47:19 | Mar 11th

Barbara Brown Taylor, an ordained Episcopal priest, left her job as rector of a church to become a professor of religion. Her new book, 'Holy Envy,' is about how teaching the religions of the world changed her understanding of her own faith, and how ...Show More

Best Of: 'Never Look Away' Asks, Why Make Art? / Inside The Fox News White House

49:28 | Mar 9th

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's new film, 'Never Look Away,' tells the story of an artist who grows up in Nazi Germany, comes of age in East Germany and travels to the West to find freedom for himself and his art. Jane Mayer's explosive new 'New Y...Show More

Jane Mayer On The Fox News White House

48:34 | Mar 7th

Past administrations have had favored members of the press, says 'New Yorker' investigative reporter Jane Mayer, "but nothing where someone is so close in that they are coordinating on a daily basis with the president." Mayer's explosive new report r...Show More

'Never Look Away' Asks: Why Make Art? Who Is It For?

48:25 | Mar 6th

The film 'Never Look Away' is about a painter who is first exposed to modern art as child growing up in Nazi Germany. His aunt takes him to an exhibit of modern art curated by Nazis, meant to show what degenerate art looks like — the kind of art the ...Show More

Living With Gun Violence And Trauma In Chicago

47:17 | Mar 5th

Journalist Alex Kotlowitz spent a summer in Chicago chronicling people whose lives were changed or lost due to gun violence. He likens the trauma of living with gun violence to the PTSD some veterans experience. "Once you've had one act of violence a...Show More

The 'Orchid' Vs. 'The Dandelion': The Science Of Sensitive Kids

48:06 | Mar 4th

Pediatrician Thomas Boyce has treated children who seem to be completely unflappable and unfazed by their surroundings — as well as those who are extremely sensitive to their environments. Over the years, he began to liken these two types of children...Show More

Best Of: Pamela Adlon / Inside The Real 'Green Book'

49:50 | Mar 2nd

Pamela Adlon directs, co-writes and stars in the FX comedy series 'Better Things,' which begins its third season on Thursday. The show centers on a single working mother of three daughters who is also trying to help her elderly mother and keep her ac...Show More

Remembering 'Singin' In The Rain' Co-Director Stanley Donen

47:56 | Mar 1st

"Dance numbers are anything but spontaneous," Donen told Fresh Air in 1996. Donen, who died Feb. 21, also directed 'On the Town,' 'Funny Face' and 'Damn Yankees,' among other films.Also, we remember 'Philadelphia Daily News' obituary writer Jim Nicho...Show More

How Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Translates Trump

47:33 | Feb 28th

According to journalist Mattathias Schwartz, a major part of Pompeo's job is traveling the world and cleaning up the president's messes. Schwartz writes about Pompeo in the 'New York Times Magazine.' He says Pompeo was the primary architect of Trump'...Show More

Why Older Women Are Often The 'Happiest Demographic' In America

48:14 | Feb 27th

Mary Pipher's new book, 'Women Rowing North,' chronicles the positive aspects of transitioning from middle age to old age: "At this life stage, women start granting themselves the power of no," she says. Jennifer Stockburger runs the "Test Track" for...Show More

Pamela Adlon On 'Better Things'

46:42 | Feb 26th

Adlon directs, co-writes and stars in the FX comedy series 'Better Things,' which begins its third season on Thursday. The show centers on a single working mother of three daughters who is also trying to help her elderly mother and keep her acting ca...Show More

Documentary Chronicles The Real Life 'Green Book'

48:05 | Feb 25th

Filmmaker Yoruba Richen's documentary, 'The Green Book: Guide to Freedom,' tells the story of the manual, first published in 1936, that helped African-Americans find safe places to stay, eat, shop and do business on the road. Also, rock critic Ken Tu...Show More

Best Of: 'Surviving R. Kelly' Filmmaker dream hampton / Adam Savage Of 'MythBusters'

49:55 | Feb 23rd

R. Kelly was charged on Friday with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims. In an interview recorded Wednesday, Feb. 13, activist, filmmaker and writer dream hampton tells Terry Gross about her six-part docuseries 'Survi...Show More

Rami Malek / Adam McKay

48:53 | Feb 22nd

"No one can sing like Freddie Mercury," Malek told Terry Gross in November 2018. The actor has been nominated for an Academy Award for playing Queen's lead singer in the biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' Also, filmmaker Adam McKay spoke to Terry Gross in J...Show More

How 2 Conspiracy Theorists Shaped Trump's Worldview

47:38 | Feb 21st

Two of the people under investigation by Robert Mueller — Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi — are conspiracy theorists who believe the deep state is trying to take over America. 'New Yorker' staff writer Jeffrey Toobin tells Terry Gross how Stone and Cors...Show More

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe

49:11 | Feb 19th

McCabe served as acting director of the FBI after President Trump fired James Comey in the spring of 2017. McCabe felt that there was enough circumstantial evidence to open criminal and counterintelligence investigations into the president's ties to...Show More

Best Of: Wildlife 'Dynasties' / The Neuroscience Of Addiction

49:41 | Feb 16th

The new BBC documentary series 'Dynasties' follows five groups of animals for up to two years, revealing their social relationships: kinship, affection, and sometimes deadly power struggles. The show's executive producer Michael Gunton talks about f...Show More

Spike Lee / Paul Schrader On 'First Reformed'

48:57 | Feb 15th

Filmmaker Spike Lee is nominated for best director for 'BlackKkKlansman.' He spoke with Terry Gross about growing up in Brooklyn, gentrification, and how he got started in film. TV critic David Bianculli reviews the Amazon documentary series 'Lorena,...Show More

Inside The Social Structures Of Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Penguins & Chimps

48:05 | Feb 14th

'Dynasties,' a new BBC documentary series narrated by David Attenborough, is about the complex social structures of five different groups of animals. The show's executive producer Michael Gunton talks about the power struggles among animals that play...Show More

How Russian-Style Kleptocracy Is Infiltrating America

47:46 | Feb 13th

'Atlantic' journalist Franklin Foer says American real estate (including Trump Organization properties) has become a "giant magnet" for Russia's kleptocratic fortunes. Foer also talks about the Mueller investigation and Paul Manafort, Trump's former ...Show More

Best Of: Daughter Of A Numbers Runner / Random House Copy Chief

49:35 | Feb 9th

Before states ran legal lotteries there was the underground street version — the numbers. When writer Bridgett M. Davis was growing up in Detroit in the '60s, her mother was a successful bookie in the African-American community. She says the numbers ...Show More

The Coen Brothers / Remembering Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson

48:29 | Feb 8th

Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen spoke to 'Fresh Air' in November 2018 about 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,' a Western that often subverts the expectations of the genre. The film is up for three Academy Awards.Frank Robinson, who died Thursday, was the...Show More

NYT's Michael Schmidt On Mueller, Trump And Russia

48:24 | Feb 7th

Schmidt was one of the 'Times' reporters who reported in January that the FBI had opened a counterintelligence investigation in 2017 into whether Trump was secretly working on behalf of Russia against American interests. "I knew that it was significa...Show More

Random House Copy Chief / Inside The 1954 'Star Is Born'

47:46 | Feb 5th

Dreyer is the copy chief for Random House. He talks with Terry Gross about collaborating with authors, passive voice, and gender neutral pronouns. His new book is 'Dreyer's English: An Utterly Correct Guide to Clarity and Style.' But, he says, "the l...Show More

Writer Recalls Her Mother's Secret Gambling Enterprise

48:35 | Feb 4th

Before states ran legal lotteries there was the underground street version — the numbers. When writer Bridgett M. Davis was growing up in Detroit in the '60s, her mother was a successful bookie in the African American community. She says the numbers ...Show More

Best Of: Film Composer Nicholas Britell / Novelist Sigrid Nunez

49:25 | Feb 2nd

Film composer Nicholas Britell says when he's writing a score, he wants the audience to lose themselves in the film. "Music can have so much power, but you have to be careful with that power." Britell's score for 'If Beale Street Could Talk' is nomin...Show More

Margo Price

48:46 | Feb 1st

Nashville singer-songwriter Margo Price sold her car and pawned her wedding ring to pay for the studio time to make her first album, 'Midwest Farmer's Daughter.' The album was a success. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2017 when her second album, 'All ...Show More

The 5G Network & The Possible Threat To Cybersecurity

48:04 | Jan 31st

'New York Times' reporter David Sanger says the world's leading producer of telecom equipment, China's Huawei, will be central to the spread of a global 5G network — which could pose a major threat to U.S. national security.Also, jazz critic Kevin Wh...Show More

'Maid' Details How It's 'Impossible' To Live On Minimum Wage

46:55 | Jan 29th

Stephanie Land's new memoir is about her struggle to make ends meet as a single mom while cleaning houses and relying on government assistance. Land, who left an abusive relationship and was homeless, talks about how she got out of poverty, went back...Show More

Journalist Digs 'Underground,' Finds The Secret World Beneath

47:37 | Jan 28th

Will Hunt is fascinated with the world below us: "Every manhole, every doorway, every stairway going down into the dark [feels] like a potential portal into this like separate world." His book about exploring sewers, subway tunnels, and other hidden ...Show More

Best Of: Hosts Of Prison Podcast 'Ear Hustle' / Henry Louis Gates Jr.

50:19 | Jan 26th

Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor started the podcast 'Ear Hustle' when Woods was a prisoner in San Quentin. Woods' sentence was recently commuted, but the two continue to tell stories of life in prison.Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two new i...Show More

Comic Roy Wood Jr. / Alan Alda

49:02 | Jan 25th

In 2018, Roy Wood Jr. explained how the years he spent performing in comedy clubs in the South and Midwest — sometimes in places where he felt unsafe as a black man — prepared him for 'The Daily Show.' Wood has a new Comedy Central special called 'No...Show More

Novelist Grapples With Suicide, Grief And Student-Teacher Relationships

47:51 | Jan 24th

Sigrid Nunez's National Book Award-winning novel, 'The Friend,' is narrated by a woman grieving the suicide of her longtime friend and former writing professor, whom she slept with once. Nunez talks about how the subjects of the book relate to her ow...Show More

Hosts Of 'Ear Hustle,' A Podcast Made From Inside Prison

47:16 | Jan 23rd

Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor started the podcast 'Ear Hustle' when Woods was a prisoner in San Quentin. Woods' sentence was recently commuted, but the two continue to tell stories of life in prison.

Journalist Jason Rezaian On His 544 Days In Iranian Prison

47:01 | Jan 22nd

After being accused of being a spy, 'Washington Post' Tehran Bureau Chief Jason Rezaian was held in Iran's notorious Evin Prison for two and a half years. Throughout it all, he never considered giving up on writing and reporting. He talked to Terry G...Show More

Historian & 'Finding Your Roots' Host Henry Louis Gates Jr.

47:57 | Jan 21st

As the host of the PBS TV series 'Finding Your Roots,' Gates tells celebrities about their family history. Terry Gross asked Gates about his own roots, and some of the more controversial aspects of DNA testing.Also, journalist Brian Palmer has writte...Show More

Best Of: Rachel Maddow On Spiro Agnew's Bribery Scandal / John C. Reilly

50:24 | Jan 19th

Richard Nixon's first vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned in 1973 amidst charges of bribery and tax evasion. Now, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and producer Mike Yarvitz revisit the Agnew scandal in the hit podcast 'Bag Man.' "The parallels with what wa...Show More

From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge Ph.D.

49:21 | Jan 18th

Growing up in rural Idaho, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. Her deeply religious parents stockpiled food and weapons for a government invasion or the end of the world. In her memoir, 'Educated,' West...Show More

'Kennedy Vs. Carter & The Fight That Broke The Democratic Party'

49:17 | Jan 17th

Journalist Jon Ward talks about the chaos that led Ted Kennedy to challenge Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980 — and the long-lasting damage it did to the party. Ward's new book is 'Camelot's End.'Also, critic John Powers reviews 'Bre...Show More

Notes From A Transplant Surgeon

48:16 | Jan 14th

Dr. Joshua Mezrich has performed hundreds of kidney, liver and pancreas transplants. He tells us about transplants that have gone gone wrong, talking to the families of donors, and how the definition of death has changed over time. His new book of st...Show More

Best Of: Kevin Hart / Ben Stiller

50:21 | Jan 12th

Kevin Hart said he's "over" talking about the homophobic jokes that cost him the Oscars gig — but then he and Terry Gross talked about it anyway. "The bad part about being a comedian is that sometimes you just aren't funny," he says. "Sometimes to gr...Show More

'The Sopranos' - 20th Anniversary Show

49:28 | Jan 11th

Critic David Bianculli offers an appreciation of the influential HBO drama. Plus, we listen back to archival interviews with series creator David Chase and Edie Falco, who played Carmela Soprano. Also, contributor Soraya Nadia McDonald reviews the ne...Show More

Kevin Hart

49:11 | Jan 11th

Kevin Hart said he's "over" talking about the homophobic jokes that cost him the Oscars gig — but then he and Terry Gross talked about it anyway. They discussed his upbringing in North Philly, how comedy is changing, and the fine line between edgy a...Show More

Rachel Maddow Investigates Spiro Agnew's Bribery Scandal

48:55 | Jan 9th

Richard Nixon's first vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned in 1973 amidst charges of bribery and tax evasion. Now, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and producer Mike Yarvitz revisit the Agnew scandal in the hit podcast 'Bag Man.' "The parallels with what wa...Show More

Hillary Frank On Pain, Parenting & Podcasting

48:53 | Jan 7th

After a traumatic childbirth injury left her unable to walk, sit, or hold her newborn, longtime radio producer Hillary Frank started a podcast to feel less alone with her experience. 'The Longest Shortest Time' is about the surprises and absurdities ...Show More

Best Of: Adam McKay / Driverless Cars

49:42 | Jan 5th

Adam McKay, who wrote and directed 'The Big Short' about the 2008 financial collapse, has a new comedy that draws on investigative journalism. 'Vice' charts Dick Cheney's rise from Yale dropout to vice president and "operator" behind George W. Bush. ...Show More

Remembering Peace Advocate & Writer Amos Oz

47:42 | Jan 4th

Oz, who died Dec. 28, co-founded Peace Now, a group that calls for negotiations with the Palestinians and the creation of a Palestinian state. He was one of Israel's most popular and critically acclaimed writers. He spoke to Fresh Air in 1988, 1991 a...Show More

Filmmaker Adam McKay On 'Vice'

49:03 | Jan 3rd

McKay, who wrote and directed 'The Big Short' about the 2008 financial collapse, has a new comedy that draws on investigative journalism. 'Vice' charts Dick Cheney's rise from Yale dropout to vice president and "operator" behind George W. Bush. "He's...Show More

The Injustice Of America's Misdemeanor System

48:40 | Jan 2nd

Former federal public defender Alexandra Natapoff says 13 million misdemeanors are filed each year in the U.S., trapping the innocent, punishing the poor and making society more unequal. Her book is 'Punishment Without Crime.' Also, classical music c...Show More

Best Of 2018: Actor Rami Malek On Becoming Freddie Mercury

49:11 | Jan 1st

Malek sang at the top of his lungs while playing Queen's iconic lead singer in the new biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' Still, he says, "No one can sing like Freddie Mercury." Malek spoke with Terry Gross about recreating the 1985 Live Aid concert, learni...Show More

Best Of 2018: Jon Batiste, Band Leader For Colbert's 'Late Show'

49:52 | Dec 31st, 2018

Batiste, the music director for 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,' sits at the piano and demonstrates his "everything in the pot" style of playing. He tells Terry Gross about his influences — from Thelonious Monk to Bach. Batiste's latest album is...Show More

Best Of 2018: 'BoJack Horseman' Creator

50:14 | Dec 29th, 2018

Raphael Bob-Waksberg's animated comedy series for Netflix satirizes Hollywood using a mix of human and animal characters. "Part of the original pitch was like, 'What's Mr. Ed like behind the scenes?'" BoJack (a horse) is a depressed, alcoholic, sexis...Show More

Best Of 2018: Tracey Thorn

48:12 | Dec 28th, 2018

British singer-songwriter Tracey Thorn (Everything But the Girl) uses music to explore feminist themes. She sings about the different stages of women's lives on her recent solo album, 'Record.'

Best Of 2018: Comic Bo Burnham On 'Eighth Grade'

50:29 | Dec 27th, 2018

The former YouTube star explores coming of age online in his film 'Eighth Grade.' "This awful D-list celebrity pressure I had experienced onstage has now been democratized," Burnham says. He talks about living with anxiety, being embarrassed by some ...Show More

Best Of 2018: Michael Pollan On The 'New Science' Of Psychedelics

48:01 | Dec 26th, 2018

Pollan, author of 'The Omnivore's Dilemma' and 'The Botany of Desire,' talks about his most recent book, 'How to Change Your Mind.' It covers the history of psychedelic drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms, and how they're now being used experimentally...Show More

A Rockabilly Christmas Concert With JD McPherson

51:22 | Dec 25th, 2018

McPherson never thought he'd make a Christmas album. Then, he says, "I got a bug in my ear." He and his band perform live in studio from 'Socks,' and McPherson talks about growing up on a cattle farm.

Best Of 2018: How Rodgers & Hammerstein Revolutionized Broadway

49:42 | Dec 24th, 2018

Todd Purdum's book, 'Something Wonderful,' is about the creative partnership and strained personal relationship behind such hit shows as 'Oklahoma!,' 'Carousel,' 'South Pacific' and 'The Sound of Music.'

Best Of: Emily Blunt / Lucas Hedges

50:47 | Dec 22nd, 2018

Emily Blunt stars as the practical and fantastical nanny in 'Mary Poppins Returns.' She spoke with Terry Gross about floating in the sky as Poppins, playing the baker's wife in the 2014 screen adaptation of Sondheim's 'Into the Woods,' and overcoming...Show More

Singer-Songwriter Loudon Wainwright III

49:42 | Dec 21st, 2018

Wainwright's music centers on family, and how we hurt and heal each other. He spoke to Terry Gross in 1992 and 2017 about his life as a husband, father, son, philanderer and musician. He has a Netflix special called 'Surviving Twin.' Film critic Just...Show More

The Best TV & Movies Of 2018

51:11 | Dec 20th, 2018

TV critic David Bianculli and film critic Justin Chang sit down with Terry Gross to share their picks for the best of the year.

'Iraq's Post-ISIS Campaign of Revenge'

48:32 | Dec 19th, 2018

'New Yorker' reporter Ben Taub says hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians, including women and children, are being detained, tortured, killed or cast out for suspected association with ISIS. Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reflects on the year in mus...Show More

Emily Blunt On 'Mary Poppins Returns'

50:21 | Dec 18th, 2018

Blunt stars as the practical and fantastical nanny in 'Mary Poppins Returns.' She spoke with Terry Gross about floating in the sky as Poppins, singing for Stephen Sondheim in 'Into the Woods,' and her audition for 'The Devil Wears Prada.'

The Remarkable Life Of Frederick Douglass

49:42 | Dec 17th, 2018

Historian David Blight talks about Frederick Douglass' escape from slavery, his passionate leadership in the abolitionist movement, and his gift as a writer and orator. Blight's new biography is 'Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.' Also, critic ...Show More

Best Of: Actor Richard E. Grant / Rockabilly Christmas With JD McPherson

50:20 | Dec 15th, 2018

Richard E. Grant co-stars as the alcoholic sidekick to Melissa McCarthy in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?', which tells the story of a broke writer who makes money by forging literary letters. Grant talks about growing up in Swaziland, witnessing his mot...Show More

Bruce Springsteen

49:23 | Dec 14th, 2018

"The Boss" spoke with Terry Gross at his New Jersey home studio in 2016, when his memoir came out, about masculinity, depression, and wishing he was his stage persona. His one-man show, 'Springsteen on Broadway,' will debut on Netflix Dec. 16. Also, ...Show More

Actor Richard E. Grant

49:27 | Dec 13th, 2018

Grant co-stars with Melissa McCarthy in 'Can You Ever Forgive Me?' about Lee Israel, a broke writer who makes money by forging literary letters by famous writers, with the help of her friend Jack. Grant is nominated for a SAG award and a Golden Globe...Show More

From Convict To Criminal Justice Reporter

48:29 | Dec 12th, 2018

Keri Blakinger is a criminal justice reporter for the 'Houston Chronicle,' but before she reported on prisons, she spent almost 2 years locked up on narcotics charges. Blakinger spoke with Terry Gross about surviving a suicide attempt, solitary conf...Show More

How Driverless Cars Could Change Roads, Jobs & Daily Life

47:16 | Dec 10th, 2018

Autonomous vehicles could be the "most disruptive technology to hit society worldwide since the advent of the motor car," says former New York City traffic commissioner Sam Schwartz. We talk about what driverless cars could mean for traffic, infrastr...Show More

Best Of: Bradley Cooper / Samin Nosrat

49:33 | Dec 8th, 2018

Bradley Cooper talks about writing, directing and starring in his remake of 'A Star is Born.' He not only had to learn how to direct, he had to learn how to sing and play guitar for his role as musician Jackson Maine opposite Lady Gaga. Salt, fat, ac...Show More

The Bizarre World Of Industrial Musicals

48:12 | Dec 7th, 2018

Why would someone write a sentimental ballad about a bathroom? For the same reason someone would write a rousing song about air conditioners: So the song could be used in what's called an industrial musical. These musicals were like Broadway shows bu...Show More

Actor Lucas Hedges / Samin Nosrat Part 2

50:33 | Dec 6th, 2018

Hedges is best known for his roles in 'Manchester by the Sea' and 'Lady Bird,' and now stars in the movie 'Ben is Back' as a teenager in rehab for opioid addiction. He's also nominated for a Golden Globe for 'Boy Erased,' about a teenager subjected t...Show More

Rock Hudson's Double Life

48:13 | Dec 5th, 2018

Hudson lived a double life as a Hollywood heartthrob and a closeted gay man. Biographer Mark Griffin says Hudson's death from AIDS in 1985 was a turning point in public awareness of the epidemic. His book is 'All That Heaven Allows.' TV critic David ...Show More

'Remaking Journalism' In An Age Of Information Chaos

50:21 | Dec 4th, 2018

In 'Breaking News,' former Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger reflects on the blockbuster stories he helped publish over the course of his 20-year tenure running the British newspaper (including the Snowden and Assange leaks). "Journalism has t...Show More

Bradley Cooper On 'A Star Is Born' / Samin Nosrat On 'Salt Fat Acid Heat'

49:07 | Dec 3rd, 2018

Bradley Cooper talks about writing, directing and starring in his remake of 'A Star is Born.' He not only had to learn how to direct, he had to learn how to sing and play guitar for his role as musician Jackson Maine. Cooper talks about changing his...Show More

Best Of: Rami Malek On 'Bohemian Rhapsody' / The 'Profound' Power Of The Immune System

49:38 | Dec 1st, 2018

Rami Malek sang at the top of his lungs while playing Queen's iconic lead singer in the new biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' Still, he says, "No one can sing like Freddie Mercury." Malek spoke with Terry Gross about learning to sing and move like Mercury,...Show More

Remembering Magician Ricky Jay

48:40 | Nov 30th, 2018

Ricky Jay, the magician, sleight-of-hand artist, actor, and writer died Saturday at the age of 72. "There are a number of effects in the panoply of magic where the method is really better than the effect," Jay told Terry Gross in 1998. "Something hap...Show More

'Widower's Notebook' Draws A Portrait Of Grief And Guilt

50:36 | Nov 29th, 2018

Five years ago, Jonathan Santlofer's wife died suddenly, throwing him into a "fugue state" of grief. Sketching her portrait from old photographs has helped him stay close to her. His memoir is 'The Widower's Notebook.' Also, book critic Maureen Corri...Show More

Trauma Surgeon Takes On The NRA

47:12 | Nov 28th, 2018

After the NRA tweeted that "self-important anti-gun doctors" should "stay in their lane," trauma surgeon Dr. Joseph Sakran started #ThisIsOurLane, mobilizing doctors around the issue of gun safety. Sakran became a surgeon after being shot in the thro...Show More

Inside Nancy Pelosi's Bid For Speakership

50:13 | Nov 27th, 2018

Journalist Robert Draper talks about why Republicans love to attack Pelosi, the challenges she faces from within her own party, and her bid to be speaker of the House. Draper wrote a cover story about Pelosi for the 'New York Times Magazine.'Jazz cri...Show More

The 'Profound' Power Of The Immune System

48:31 | Nov 26th, 2018

Immunologist Daniel Davis says scientists are harnessing the power of the immune system to create new medications to fight cancer, auto-immune conditions and other diseases. He also talks about how the immune system is affected by stress, sleep, and ...Show More

Best Of: The Coen Brothers / Free Climbing Yosemite's 'Dawn Wall'

49:52 | Nov 24th, 2018

Filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen ('Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?,' 'No Country for Old Men') pay homage to old Westerns with their new film, 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.' The movie is a collection of six stories that often subvert the expectations of t...Show More

Jazz Singer Cécile McLorin Salvant

49:31 | Nov 23rd, 2018

McLorin Salvant grew up in Miami as the child of a Haitian father and a French mother. She first studied classical voice, but turned to jazz because it offered her more range. "I never wanted to sound clean and pretty," she told Terry Gross in 2015. ...Show More

Musicians Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis

49:24 | Nov 22nd, 2018

Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis come from different generations, but both play the old style of country music — her brother is Jerry Lee Lewis. The duo performed for Terry Gross in the 'Fresh Air' studio in September, sharing stories and songs from...Show More

Actor Rami Malek On Becoming Freddie Mercury

49:21 | Nov 21st, 2018

Malek sang at the top of his lungs while playing Queen's iconic lead singer in the new biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody.' Still, he says, "No one can sing like Freddie Mercury." Malek spoke with Terry Gross about recreating the 1985 Live Aid concert, learni...Show More

Free Climbing Yosemite's 'Dawn Wall'

48:56 | Nov 20th, 2018

Rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson talk about scaling the 3,000 foot sheer vertical face of Yosemite's El Capitan that was long thought impossible to ascend. The duo discuss sleeping in portaledges — tents suspended more than a thousand ...Show More

Filmmakers Joel & Ethan Coen

48:29 | Nov 19th, 2018

The Coen brothers ('Oh Brother, Where Art Thou?,' 'No Country for Old Men') pay homage to old Westerns with their new film, 'The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.' The movie is a collection of six stories that often subvert the expectations of the genre.

Best Of: 'Never Home Alone' With Bugs & Bacteria / 'Burning' Star Steven Yeun

50:27 | Nov 17th, 2018

"Every surface, every bit of air, every bit of water in your home is alive," says scientist Rob Dunn. His new book, 'Never Home Alone,' examines the bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites and insects we live with — from armpit bacteria to black mold in ...Show More

40 Years Later, What We Learned From Jonestown

48:00 | Nov 16th, 2018

On Nov. 18, 1978, an itinerant preacher, faith healer and civil rights activist named the Rev. Jim Jones led more than 900 of his followers to kill themselves by drinking cyanide-laced Flavor Aid at their Jonestown settlement in the jungle of Guyana....Show More

The Russian Disinformation Playbook: Exploit Tension, Sow Chaos

48:16 | Nov 15th, 2018

A new video series by 'New York Times' reporter Adam Ellick explores Russia's role in spreading fake news, dating back to the '80s conspiracy theory that the AIDS virus was created by the U.S. military. Ellick also talks about the impact of Russian ...Show More

'Shirkers' Dir. Sandi Tan / 'Burning' Star Steven Yeun

49:10 | Nov 14th, 2018

Sandi Tan was 19 when she wrote and starred in a film directed by her 40-year old mentor. But then her mentor disappeared and took the film's footage with him. 20 years later, Tan got the footage back. She revisits the mystery of her mentor's disappe...Show More

Remembering Stan Lee / 'Seduction' In Old Hollywood

49:05 | Nov 13th, 2018

Karina Longworth's new book, 'Seduction,' focuses on 10 women that had relationships with Howard Hughes and the exploitation of actresses in Old Hollywood. She also reflects on the #MeToo movement and women coming forward against Harvey Weinstein: "...Show More

With Bugs & Bacteria Living In Your Home, You're 'Never Home Alone'

48:14 | Nov 12th, 2018

"Every surface, every bit of air, every bit of water in your home is alive," says scientist Rob Dunn. His new book, 'Never Home Alone,' examines the bacteria, fungi, viruses, parasites and insects we live with — from armpit bacteria to black mold in ...Show More

Best Of: 'How Hearts Can Heal' After Tragedy / Chef José Andrés

49:18 | Nov 10th, 2018

Religion scholar Elaine Pagels lost her young son to terminal illness and her husband a year later in an accident. Her new book, 'Why Religion?' combines memoir and biblical scholarship and reflects on loss and faith. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews t...Show More

Queen Guitarist Brian May

47:33 | Nov 9th, 2018

Terry Gross spoke with Queen lead guitarist Brian May in 2010 about recording the many vocals in 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' writing the anthem 'We Will Rock You' and getting a PhD in astrophysics. The new biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' about Freddie Mercury a...Show More

The Humanitarian Crisis In Yemen

48:53 | Nov 8th, 2018

In 2015, Saudi Arabia initiated a bombing campaign against Yemen that contributed to what is now the world's largest humanitarian crisis. Today, 14 million people in Yemen face starvation. Journalist Robert Worth says the country is "no longer a func...Show More

Did Law Enforcement Overlook The Threat Of Far-Right Extremism?

48:48 | Nov 7th, 2018

'New York Times Magazine' journalist Janet Reitman says domestic counter-terrorism strategists ignored the rising danger of far-right extremism — which enabled the movement to grow and become more dangerous. Juan Gabriel Vásquez's novel, 'The Shape ...Show More

The Fugitive Slave Act & The 'Struggle For America's Soul'

47:54 | Nov 6th, 2018

Author Andrew Delbanco says the 1850 law paved the way for the Civil War by endangering the lives of both escaped slaves and free black men and women in the North. His book is 'The War Before The War.'Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the psycho...Show More

'Why Religion?' Asks 'How Hearts Can Heal' After Tragedy

48:43 | Nov 5th, 2018

Religion scholar Elaine Pagels lost her young son to terminal illness and her husband a year later in an accident. Her new book combines memoir and biblical scholarship reflects on loss and faith. Also, Lloyd Schwartz visits two art exhibitions — the...Show More

Best Of: Jonah Hill / How Newt Gingrich 'Broke Politics'

49:14 | Nov 3rd, 2018

Jonah Hill always wanted to be a writer and director, but an unexpected complement in an acting class shifted him towards performing instead. He co-starred in 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Superbad,' and 'Moneyball.' Now he's written and directed his f...Show More

Comic Hasan Minhaj

48:52 | Nov 2nd, 2018

"I'm an Indian-American-Muslim kid, but am I more Indian or am I more American?" Minhaj asks. The former 'Daily Show' correspondent has a new weekly political comedy series on Neflix called 'Patriot Act.' Minhaj spoke with Terry Gross in 2017 when hi...Show More

How Newt Gingrich 'Broke Politics'

48:17 | Nov 1st, 2018

'Atlantic' journalist McKay Coppins says that by the time the former speaker of the house left Congress in 1999, he had enshrined a "combative, tribal, angry attitude in politics that would infect our national discourse in Washington and Congress for...Show More

Is SCOTUS Too Powerful?

48:23 | Oct 31st, 2018

Author David A. Kaplan warns that the Supreme Court is becoming increasingly polarized — and influential: "Why should nine unelected, unaccountable judges dictate so much policy in the country?" We'll also talk about what Trump's two appointees – Nei...Show More

Jonah Hill

48:27 | Oct 30th, 2018

Hill always wanted to be a writer and director, but an unexpected complement in an acting class shifted him towards performing instead. He co-starred in 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' 'Superbad,' and 'Moneyball.' Now he's written and directed his first m...Show More

White Nationalism And The Synagogue Massacre

48:16 | Oct 29th, 2018

Journalist Eli Saslow says white nationalism inspired the man who killed 11 at a Pittsburgh synagogue: "In the horrific hierarchy of white nationalist beliefs, they really consider Jews their primary enemy." Saslow spoke with Terry Gross Monday morni...Show More

Best Of: Melissa McCarthy / Paul Dano

50:01 | Oct 27th, 2018

McCarthy is not interested in playing pleasant characters. "Who wants to watch that?" she says. "There's nothing to sink your teeth into. ... The people I love and like are filled with quirks and eccentricities." McCarthy spoke with Terry Gross about...Show More

Lou Reed: A Life

50:11 | Oct 26th, 2018

Anthony DeCurtis, contributing editor for 'Rolling Stone,' says he sought to write the biography that Lou Reed "deserved." DeCurtis didn't shy away from writing about the darker side of Reed's life, including addiction and domestic abuse. "It wasn't ...Show More

Corruption, Scandal & The Big Business Of College Basketball

48:42 | Oct 25th, 2018

A federal jury on Wednesday convicted three men of conspiring to use cash payments to recruit players to top basketball programs. Writer Michael Sokolove says the case exposes the sordid competition for young athletes, involving apparel companies, sc...Show More

Actor Paul Dano On Anxiety, Directing, And 'Wildlife'

48:36 | Oct 24th, 2018

The 'Love & Mercy' and 'Little Miss Sunshine' actor steps behind the camera for 'Wildlife,' an adaptation of Richard Ford's novel about a boy whose parents are separating. The film was informed by Dano's own parents' relationship. "I think someone el...Show More

How Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Are Targeting Minorities

48:53 | Oct 23rd, 2018

Twenty-four states have implemented new voting restrictions disproportionately affecting minorities — ranging from requiring voter IDs to closing polling places. We talk with 'Mother Jones' reporter Ari Berman about voter suppression and the ongoing ...Show More

Melissa McCarthy

49:03 | Oct 22nd, 2018

McCarthy is not interested in playing pleasant characters. Flawless women with perfect clothes and relationships? Nope, not for her. "Who wants to watch that?" she says. "There's nothing to sink your teeth into. ... The people I love and like are fil...Show More

Best Of: 'BoJack Horseman' Creator / 'Hey, Kiddo' Author

50:11 | Oct 20th, 2018

Raphael Bob-Waksberg's animated comedy series for Netflix, 'BoJack Horseman,' satirizes Hollywood using a mix of human and animal characters. "Part of the original pitch was like, 'What's Mr. Ed like behind the scenes?'" BoJack (a horse) is a depress...Show More

A Father & Son's Story Of Addiction And Recovery

49:32 | Oct 19th, 2018

David Sheff and his son Nic both wrote memoirs about the family's experience with Nic's addition. Their stories are now the basis of the film, 'Beautiful Boy,' starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. They spoke with Terry Gross in 2008 and 2013....Show More

Trump's Tax Schemes, Explained

47:38 | Oct 18th, 2018

Investigative reporters Susanne Craig and David Barstow say the president received today's equivalent of $413 million from his father's real estate empire, with the help of schemes to avoid paying taxes, including fraud. Also, critic Ken Tucker revie...Show More

'BoJack Horseman' Creator Raphael Bob-Waksberg

49:00 | Oct 17th, 2018

Raphael Bob-Waksberg's animated comedy series for Netflix satirizes Hollywood using a mix of human and animal characters. "Part of the original pitch was like, 'What's Mr. Ed like behind the scenes?'" BoJack (a horse) is a depressed, alcoholic, sexis...Show More

Graphic Memoirist Grapples With Family Addiction In 'Hey, Kiddo'

47:56 | Oct 16th, 2018

Jarrett J. Krosoczka's National Book Award-nominated graphic memoir 'Hey, Kiddo' is about growing up with a mother addicted to heroin. Krosoczka initially didn't want to write about his childhood because he felt it was too dark. "It took it took a l...Show More

Comic Phoebe Robinson

48:43 | Oct 15th, 2018

Robinson is the co-host of '2 Dope Queens,' a live comedy show and podcast showcasing comedians from a variety of different backgrounds. The show is now a series of four HBO specials, with more in the works. She also hosts the podcast 'Sooo Many Whit...Show More

Best Of: 'First Man' Dir. Damien Chazelle / Leonard Cohen's Legacy

50:24 | Oct 13th, 2018

The Oscar-winning director ('La La Land') talks about his new film, 'First Man,' which stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong in the 10 years leading up to the moon landing. Chazelle wanted to show how loud, rickety, and nauseating space travel was at ...Show More

John Waters, The "Pope Of Trash"

49:06 | Oct 12th, 2018

The 'Pink Flamingos' filmmaker made a name for himself by setting new lows in bad taste. Now, a new retrospective of his work is at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Originally broadcast 2004 and 2010. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews Amazon's 'The...Show More

'Rethinking Sex, Power, And Consent On Campus'

49:13 | Oct 11th, 2018

Journalist Vanessa Grigoriadis, author of 'Blurred Lines,' says one of the challenges when it comes to handling sexual assault cases on college campuses is that there isn't a universally agreed-upon definition of what sexual assault is. She spent thr...Show More

'First Man' Director Damien Chazelle

48:12 | Oct 10th, 2018

The Oscar-winning director ('La La Land') talks about his new film, 'First Man,' which stars Ryan Gosling as Neil Armstrong in the 10 years leading up to the moon landing. Chazelle wanted to show how loud, rickety, and nauseating space travel was at ...Show More

'The Weaponization Of Social Media'

48:46 | Oct 9th, 2018

P.W. Singer and Emerson Brooking say social media has been manipulated to fuel popular uprisings and affect the course of military and political campaigns. Their new book is 'LikeWar.'The story of the 2011 terror attack on a Norwegian summer camp is ...Show More

Leonard Cohen The Poet, Writer, And Father

49:34 | Oct 8th, 2018

Leonard Cohen died in 2016, leaving behind many unpublished poems and lyrics. His son Adam Cohen discusses 'The Flame,' a collection of some of Leonard's final works. Adam remembers when his father was composing his best known song, Hallelujah. "It ...Show More

Best Of: Infertility And 'Private Life' / What Does Mark Zuckerberg Believe In?

49:56 | Oct 6th, 2018

Filmmaker Tamara Jenkins drew on her own "by-any-means-necessary" effort to have a child for her new film 'Private Life.' It stars Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti as a couple in their 40s who are struggling with IVF. Critic David Edelstein reviews 'A ...Show More

Ballet Dancer Wendy Whelan

48:36 | Oct 5th, 2018

Whelan danced for the New York City Ballet for three decades. The documentary 'Restless Creature,' available on Netflix, chronicles Whelan's recovery from hip surgery and her final performance with the New York City Ballet in 2014. "It was terrifying...Show More

'Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?'

49:44 | Oct 4th, 2018

'New Yorker' staff writer Evan Osnos talks how Facebook became vulnerable to spreading disinformation, how Zuckerberg is attempting to combat fake news, and the inherent problems in monitoring political content without violating users' free speech. "...Show More

'Can Mark Zuckerberg Fix Facebook Before It Breaks Democracy?'

49:28 | Oct 4th, 2018

'New Yorker' staff writer Evan Osnos talks how Facebook became vulnerable to spreading disinformation, how Zuckerberg is attempting to combat fake news, and the inherent problems in monitoring political content without violating users' free speech. "...Show More

A Couple Struggles With Infertility In 'Private Life'

48:14 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Filmmaker Tamara Jenkins drew on her own "by-any-means-necessary" effort to have a child for her new film 'Private Life.' It stars Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti as a couple in their 40s who are struggling with IVF. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan...Show More

Michael Lewis On 'The Fifth Risk'

48:50 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Lewis, author of 'Moneyball' and 'The Big Short,' examines the energy, agriculture and commerce departments under President Trump. Lewis warns that half of the top 700 positions in the administration remain unfilled, and some of the people who have b...Show More

The Challenges Of Reporting In The Trump Era

47:33 | Oct 1st, 2018

Pulitzer Prize-winning 'Washington Post' reporter Greg Miller talks about breaking news, anonymous sourcing, and "lies" versus "falsehoods." His book is 'The Apprentice: Trump, Russia And The Subversion Of American Democracy.' TV critic David Biancu...Show More

Best Of: Jon Batiste / Robbie Fulks & Linda Gail Lewis

50:39 | Sep 29th, 2018

Jon Batiste, the musical director for 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,' sits at the piano and demonstrates his "everything in the pot" style of playing. He tells Terry Gross about his influences — from Thelonious Monk to Bach. Batiste's new album...Show More

Robert Redford

49:11 | Sep 28th, 2018

Redford has announced that he's retiring from acting, and that his role in the new film 'The Old Man and the Gun,' will be his last. In 2013, he spoke with Terry Gross about being a heartthrob, his love of nature, and how he was almost not cast in 'B...Show More

'Is Democracy Dying?'

48:44 | Sep 27th, 2018

'Atlantic' journalist Anne Applebaum says the changes taking place in Poland — including a rise of conspiracy theories and attacks on the free press — mirror similar shifts happening in the U.S. TV critic David Bianculli reviews the return of 'Murphy...Show More

Jon Batiste, Band Leader For Colbert's 'Late Show'

48:11 | Sep 26th, 2018

Batiste, the musical director for 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,' sits at the piano and demonstrates his "everything in the pot" style of playing. He tells Terry Gross about his influences — from Thelonious Monk to Bach. Batiste's new album is ...Show More

'The Awakening Of A Former White Nationalist'

48:00 | Sep 24th, 2018

Derek Black once promoted a racist agenda by making speeches, hosting a radio show and starting a website. His father was a former grand wizard of the KKK. Derek's change of heart is the subject of a new book, 'Rising Out of Hatred,' written by Pulit...Show More

The 'Radical' Life Of Muhammad Ali

48:53 | Sep 24th, 2018

Jonathan Eig's biography of Ali draws on hundreds of interviews and previously unreleased FBI and Justice Department files. "I don't think we do Ali any good by treating him as a saint," Eig says. "He was a human being, and he was deeply flawed, but ...Show More

What Paul Manafort's Guilty Plea Reveals

48:22 | Sep 19th, 2018

'New York Times' reporter Ken Vogel says that Paul Manafort engaged in illegal tactics in his campaign to burnish the image of Russian-backed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych. Vogel explains how Manafort pioneered a new kind of lobbying in Washi...Show More

Breaking Free From The Evangelical Purity Movement

47:28 | Sep 18th, 2018

In her book 'Pure,' Linda Kay Klein reflects on the "deep, long-lasting shame" caused by churches that claim women and girls are responsible for the sexual desires of men. "It was all about how [a woman] needed to be a good Christian by protecting [m...Show More

Neil DeGrasse Tyson On Astrophysics & The Military

48:26 | Sep 17th, 2018

In his new book, 'Accessory to War,' the astrophysicist argues that people who work in his field are often complicit to military development — despite being overwhelmingly liberal and anti-war. Tyson also talks about President Trump's "Space Force." ...Show More

Best Of: Colin Jost & Michael Che / Chef José Andrés

49:26 | Sep 15th, 2018

Jost and Che are the co-head writers and 'Weekend Update' anchors for 'Saturday Night Live.' They talk about doing the show in the Trump era, why they hate Twitter, and hosting the Emmys Monday, Sept. 17. When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in Se...Show More

Novelist John Green On OCD

48:24 | Sep 14th, 2018

Green is the author of popular young adult novels including 'The Fault in Our Stars,' which was adapted into a film, and 'Turtles All the Way Down,' about a teenage girl with OCD — which John also has. He says it "starts out with one little thought,...Show More

SNL's Colin Jost & Michael Che

47:22 | Sep 13th, 2018

The co-head writers talk with Terry Gross about doing 'Saturday Night Live' in the Trump era, Twitter, and hosting the 2018 Emmys. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Hulu series 'The First,' about a mission to Mars set in the near future...Show More

Biographer Claire Tomalin On 'A Life Of My Own'

48:04 | Sep 12th, 2018

After writing biographies of Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Mary Wollstonecraft, Claire Tomalin turned to memoir. Her new work tells of her conflicting desires to have children and to lead a meaningful working life, her first husband's infidelity,...Show More

Journalist Bob Woodward

48:32 | Sep 11th, 2018

Woodward has written books on every U.S. president since Richard Nixon — nine in total. But in all his years covering politics, he says he's never encountered a president like President Trump. Woodward's sources describe situations that reveal the pr...Show More

Chef José Andrés On His 'Crazy Dream' To Feed Puerto Rico

46:56 | Sep 10th, 2018

When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, Andrés and his team sprung into action. "After a hurricane, you see a lot of chaos, and people go hungry and people go thirsty. But what [chefs] are very good at is understanding the problem ...Show More

Best Of: Women's Rights Activist Khalida Brohi / John Kerry

50:23 | Sep 8th, 2018

Growing up in tribal Pakistan, Khalida Brohi knew of several honor killings of women in her village. Her cousin's death motivated Brohi to become an activist. Brohi's new memoir is 'I Should Have Honor.' Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews 'Bla...Show More

A Trucker's Stories From The Road / Remembering Burt Reynolds

48:18 | Sep 7th, 2018

Finn Murphy has logged over a million miles hauling people's belongings across the country. His memoir, 'The Long Haul,' is filled with insights about life on the road, and the subculture of truckers. Also, we remember Burt Reynolds, who died on Thur...Show More

Obama's Former Ethics Czar

47:01 | Sep 6th, 2018

Norm Eisen's new book, 'The Last Palace,' is about his years as America's ambassador to the Czech Republic and the spread of illiberalism in Europe — a trend, he says, that's now crossed the Atlantic. He talks about President Trump, the Mueller inves...Show More

John Kerry

48:29 | Sep 5th, 2018

During the 2004 presidential election, opponents used falsehoods to attack Kerry's military record. The former secretary of state reflects on that campaign — and on the current state of American politics — in his memoir, 'Every Day is Extra.' Also, j...Show More

Activist Khalida Brohi On Honor Killings In Tribal Pakistan

48:27 | Sep 4th, 2018

Growing up in tribal Pakistan, Khalida Brohi knew of several honor killings of women in her village. When she was just 14 years old, Brohi's cousin Khadija was murdered by their uncle because she fell in love with a man who was not her betrothed. Her...Show More

Issa Rae / Peter Morgan / Trevor Noah

49:33 | Sep 3rd, 2018

We conclude our Emmys series with three more interviews with nominees: Issa Rae, co-creator and star of the HBO series 'Insecure,' spoke with Terry Gross in 2016 about "black humor" and "white humor," and what made her want to write for television. R...Show More

Best Of: John Oliver / Allison Janney / Neil Simon

50:26 | Sep 1st, 2018

John Oliver, host of HBO's 'Last Week Tonight,' spoke with Terry Gross in in March about covering the news "no one in their right mind wants to hear about," like the Italian parliamentary elections, NRATV, and tax-exempt religious organizations. 'Las...Show More

Alec Baldwin / Brian Tyree Henry / Remembering Paul Taylor

49:08 | Aug 31st, 2018

Our week of interviews with 2018 Emmy nominees continues. Alec Baldwin is nominated for an Emmy for playing the president on 'SNL.' In 2017, he told Terry Gross that his impression is "kind of the Macy's Day Parade [version] of Trump." Brian Tyree He...Show More

Jake Tapper / W. Kamau Bell / Stephen Colbert

49:37 | Aug 30th, 2018

Our week of interviews with 2018 Emmy nominees continues. CNN anchor Jake Tapper is nominated for his live interview with Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway. He talked to Terry Gross about the difficulty of knowing how and when to cut off guests, and the...Show More

'Godless' Creator Scott Frank / Allison Janney

48:55 | Aug 29th, 2018

Our Emmys-themed series continues: Scott Frank packed his Netflix miniseries 'Godless' with train robberies and shootouts — but challenged Western norms by putting women in charge of the town. 'Godless' has 12 nominations, including Outstanding Limit...Show More

John Oliver / Neil Simon

49:03 | Aug 28th, 2018

All this week we're replaying selected interviews with 2018 Emmy nominees. John Oliver, host of HBO's 'Last Week Tonight,' spoke with Terry Gross in in March about covering the news "no one in their right mind wants to hear about," like the Italian p...Show More

Remembering Sen. John McCain

49:40 | Aug 27th, 2018

The former prisoner of war, who died Saturday, told Terry Gross: "My experiences have made me so appreciative of the opportunities that I've been given." He spoke with 'Fresh Air' in 2000 and 2005. Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews a tribute album to Ro...Show More

Best Of: Actor André Holland / 'Crazy Rich Asians' Author Kevin Kwan

50:24 | Aug 25th, 2018

The 'Moonlight' actor now stars as a death row lawyer on the Hulu series 'Castle Rock.' He's also played a surgeon facing racial discrimination in 'The Knick,' and civil rights leader Andrew Young in 'Selma.' He says many of the characters he plays a...Show More

A Wounded Cowboy Gets Back On The Horse In 'The Rider'

50:24 | Aug 24th, 2018

Following a rodeo accident, Brady Jandreau refused to quit riding and training wild horses — even it if meant risking his life. He plays a version of himself in director Chloe Zhao's slightly fictionalized retelling of his story. The director and sta...Show More

How Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Reporting Became The TV Series 'Fauda'

49:29 | Aug 23rd, 2018

After years as a reporter, Avi Issacharoff co-created an action series about an elite unit of the Israeli military whose members work undercover in the West Bank. 'Fauda' is now streaming on Netflix. Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Searching,...Show More

Actor André Holland

49:15 | Aug 22nd, 2018

The 'Moonlight' actor now stars as a death row lawyer on the Hulu series 'Castle Rock.' He's also played a surgeon facing racial discrimination in 'The Knick,' and civil rights leader Andrew Young in 'Selma.' He says many of the characters he plays a...Show More

Dispatches From A 'Dopesick' America

37:31 | Aug 21st, 2018

Author Beth Macy's book, 'Dopesick,' takes an intimate look at cops, judges, drug dealers, young heroin users and their long-suffering parents, doctors and health activists struggling to fight the opioid epidemic. Book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews...Show More

'Crazy Rich Asians' Author Kevin Kwan

48:42 | Aug 20th, 2018

Kwan thought the screen adaptation of his bestselling novel might be a small independent film — instead it's been hailed as a groundbreaking moment for Hollywood casting. He tells Terry Gross about his upbringing in Singapore and how it inspired the ...Show More

Best Of: Aretha Franklin / Growing Up On A Secret Missile Range

50:01 | Aug 18th, 2018

Aretha Franklin died Thursday at 76. When she spoke with Terry Gross in 1999, she told stories behind some of her greatest recordings, like "Respect." The "Queen of Soul" also talked about her formative years, singing gospel music in the Baptist chur...Show More

Novelist And Former Spy John Le Carré

48:45 | Aug 17th, 2018

Le Carré worked for MI5 and MI6 early in his career. "I felt I had to suppress my humanity," he said of those years. His novel 'A Legacy of Spies' came out in 2017.Rock critic Ken Tucker shares an appreciation of the "Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin,...Show More

Remembering Aretha Franklin

48:44 | Aug 16th, 2018

Franklin died today at 76. When she spoke with Terry Gross in 1999, she told stories behind some of her greatest recordings, like "Respect." The "Queen of Soul" also talked about her formative years, singing gospel music in the Baptist church where h...Show More

The Consequences Of Climate Change

48:55 | Aug 15th, 2018

2018 is shaping up to be the fourth hottest year on record. Somini Sengupta, international climate reporter for 'The New York Times,' discusses the dire consequences of rising temperatures, such as drought, famine, disease, war and increased migrati...Show More

Growing Up On A Secret Missile Range

47:21 | Aug 14th, 2018

When Karen Piper was six her family moved to the Mojave Desert to a secretive missile testing facility. In 'A Girl's Guide To Missiles' she describes how her parents designed weapons, but she didn't understand how it all connected to war. Also, jazz...Show More

Sire Records' Seymour Stein / 'Lodge 49' Creator Jim Gavin

48:09 | Aug 13th, 2018

In his autobiography, 'Siren Song,' Seymour Stein writes about how he started out in the music business as a teen before going on to sign groundbreaking artists like Talking Heads, The Ramones, Madonna, and Ice-T. Jim Gavin, creator of the AMC comedy...Show More

Best Of: Creator Of HBO's 'The Tale' / Reducing Mass Incarceration

47:40 | Aug 11th, 2018

In 1973, Jennifer Fox wrote a story for her 8th grade English class called 'The Tale,' which alluded to an intimate relationship between a 13-year-old girl and her running and riding coaches. Her teacher thought it was fiction. It wasn't. "I wrote at...Show More

David Sedaris Revisits His Diaries

47:08 | Aug 10th, 2018

Sedaris pulls from his decades-old diaries in 'Theft by Finding.' In it, he revisits major turning points, such as the death of his mother, as well as more prosaic, everyday moments. Sedaris talks with Terry Gross about how his writing has changed, l...Show More

'How ICE Went Rogue'

47:12 | Aug 9th, 2018

Journalist Franklin Foer says President Trump has "radicalized" Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), opening the door for the agency to deport any undocumented immigrant. "Never before have we had such a large, dedicated police force whose miss...Show More

Filmmaker Reckons With Childhood Sexual Abuse In 'The Tale'

45:48 | Aug 8th, 2018

In 1973, Jennifer Fox wrote a story for her 8th grade English class called 'The Tale,' which alluded to an intimate relationship between a 13-year-old girl and her running and riding coaches. Her teacher thought it was fiction. It wasn't. "I wrote at...Show More

How The U.S. Undermined Democracy In Egypt

46:02 | Aug 7th, 2018

David Kirkpatrick, author of Into the Hands of the Soldiers, says the Obama White House watched Arab democracy fall and now the Trump administration is embracing Egypt's autocratic president. Kirkpatrick was the New York Times Cairo Bureau Chief from...Show More

How Can America Reduce Mass Incarceration?

47:12 | Aug 6th, 2018

Julian Adler, co-author of 'Start Here,' and Judge Victoria Pratt discuss alternatives to jail, including community service, social services and even personal essays. Adler and his co-author Greg Berman write, jails "are accelerants of human misery. ...Show More

Best Of: Tony Shalhoub / Journalist Recalls 2.5 Years Kidnapped By Pirates

50:24 | Aug 4th, 2018

After being kidnapped in Somalia, journalist Michael Scott Moore was desperate to escape. But jumping off the deck of a boat didn't work. "They found me eventually with the search lights," he says. He tells 'Fresh Air' about how he was beaten and con...Show More

'Better Call Saul' Interviews: A Compilation

48:50 | Aug 3rd, 2018

We mark the return of the 'Breaking Bad' spinoff by listening to archival interviews with star Bob Odenkirk, series co-creator Peter Gould and actors Giancarlo Esposito and Jonathan Banks. Season 4 begins Monday, Aug. 6.

'Documenting Hate' In America

49:28 | Aug 2nd, 2018

Journalist A.C. Thompson warns that white power groups in the U.S. increasingly view themselves as paramilitary organizations. His reporting is featured in a new 'Frontline' and 'ProPublica' investigation. Film critic David Edelstein reviews a docume...Show More

What Scientists Have Learned From 'Spying On Whales'

49:15 | Aug 1st, 2018

Smithsonian paleobiologist Nick Pyenson says about 40 to 50 million years ago whales had four legs and walked on land. Pyenson notes that the largest whales alive today are the biggest that have ever existed: "They are absolutely the largest vertebra...Show More

Tony Shalhoub

46:44 | Jul 31st, 2018

The former 'Monk' star recently won a Tony for his role in 'The Band's Visit' and is up for an Emmy for 'The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.' Despite his success, he still feels like each role could be his last. Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz re...Show More

Journalist Recalls 2.5 Years Kidnapped By Pirates

47:51 | Jul 30th, 2018

After being kidnapped in Somalia, Journalist Michael Scott Moore was desperate to escape. But jumping off the deck of a boat didn't work. "They found me eventually with the search lights," he says. He tells 'Fresh Air' about how he was beaten, consid...Show More

Best Of: 'Cameron Post' Creators / Writer Michael Arceneaux

50:03 | Jul 28th, 2018

'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' is a new film about a high school girl who's sent to a Christian gay conversion therapy center after she's caught kissing another girl. We talk with filmmaker, Desiree Akhavan, and Emily Danforth who wrote the novel...Show More

Stephen King

48:53 | Jul 27th, 2018

The new Hulu horror series 'Castle Rock' is based on Stephen King's fictional town in Maine. King spoke to Terry Gross in 1992, 2000 and 2013 about his career writing horror, getting hit by a van, and his fear of losing his mind. Also, film critic Ju...Show More

Russian Maria Butina's Story Reveals Pro-Putin Views In The U.S.

48:14 | Jul 26th, 2018

'Washington Post' investigative reporter Rosalind Helderman says Maria Butina was welcomed by members of the Christian right and the NRA who had "become intrigued with Putin's Russia." Helderman tells us about Butina's political connections, relation...Show More

'Cameron Post' Creators Take Aim At Gay Conversion Therapy

48:28 | Jul 25th, 2018

'The Miseducation of Cameron Post' is a new film about a high school girl who's sent to a Christian gay conversion therapy center after she's caught kissing another girl. We talk with filmmaker, Desiree Akhavan, and Emily Danforth who wrote the novel...Show More

Food Writer Becomes A Butcher To Learn The Value Of Meat

47:50 | Jul 24th, 2018

Is it possible to slaughter animals and eat meat in an an ethical way? That's the question Camas Davis set out to answer when she moved to the southwest of France to apprentice as a butcher on a small, family-run farm and slaughterhouse. She then fou...Show More

Michael Arceneaux On Growing Up Black, Gay & Catholic In Texas

46:50 | Jul 23rd, 2018

Arceneaux's new book, 'I Can't Date Jesus: Love, Sex, Family, Race And Other Reasons I've Put My Faith in Beyoncé,' is a collection of essays about his early years. Beyoncé, he says, taught him a valuable lesson: "Just be yourself and be very good at...Show More

Best Of: 'Eighth Grade' Dir. Bo Burnham / Punk Pioneer Viv Albertine

48:21 | Jul 21st, 2018

Bo Burnham, a former YouTube star, explores coming of age online in his new film 'Eighth Grade.' "This awful D-list celebrity pressure I had experienced onstage has now been democratized," Burnham says. Ken Tucker reviews Gorillaz's album 'The Now No...Show More

'Why We Sleep'

48:23 | Jul 20th, 2018

Sleep scientist Matthew Walker says sleep deficiency is associated with problems with concentration, memory and the immune system — as well as with shorter lifespans. Walker discusses the effects of caffeine, alcohol and sleeping pills, and also offe...Show More

The Links Between Russia, Trump And Brexit

47:57 | Jul 19th, 2018

Carole Cadwalladr's investigation into Cambridge Analytica's role in Brexit led her to Russian connections and the Trump campaign. She says British investigators are working "closely with the FBI." Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel 'The Last C...Show More

Comic Bo Burnham On 'Eighth Grade,' Social Media & Anxiety

48:47 | Jul 18th, 2018

The former YouTube star explores coming of age online in his new film 'Eighth Grade.' "This awful D-list celebrity pressure I had experienced onstage has now been democratized," Burnham says. He talks about living with anxiety, being embarrassed by s...Show More

The Political Battle For Wisconsin

49:16 | Jul 17th, 2018

Dan Kaufman, author of 'The Fall of Wisconsin,' says the state has experienced a conservative transformation in recent years — despite a tradition of progressive politics dating back to the 19th century. Ken Tucker reviews Gorillaz's album 'The Now N...Show More

Punk Pioneer & Slits Guitarist Viv Albertine

49:57 | Jul 16th, 2018

Albertine was the guitarist and lyricist for The Slits, one of the first all-women British punk bands. She talks about her early days onstage, finding her mother's diaries, and why she's done with dating and relationships. Her new memoir is 'To Throw...Show More

Best Of: Trump & Fox News / The Science Of Fish Oil Supplements

49:44 | Jul 14th, 2018

'Vanity Fair' reporter Gabriel Sherman talks about former Fox News co-president Bill Shine's new role as deputy chief of staff, the president's relationship with Sean Hannity, and the ways in which Trump acts as an "executive producer" of the cable n...Show More

Cartoonist John Callahan / Remembering Actor Tab Hunter

48:33 | Jul 13th, 2018

Cartoonist John Callahan was a paraplegic and recovered alcoholic who poked fun at people like himself. He died in 2010; the film 'Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot,' starring Joaquin Phoenix is based his life. He spoke with Terry Gross in '89 an...Show More

The Ties Between Fox News & The Trump White House

45:27 | Jul 12th, 2018

'Vanity Fair' reporter Gabriel Sherman says the president is in regular contact with Fox News host Sean Hannity: "They speak almost daily, after Hannity's show, sometimes before, and sometimes for up to an hour a day." Sherman talks about former Fox ...Show More

Once Militantly Anti-Abortion, Evangelical Minister Lives 'With Regret'

45:56 | Jul 11th, 2018

After decades in the militant anti-abortion movement, Rev. Rob Schenck had a change of heart; he now sees abortion as an issue that should be resolved by "an individual and his or her conscience." His new memoir about his conversions over the years i...Show More

'America's Criminal Treatment Of Mental Illness'

46:57 | Jul 10th, 2018

While visiting jails across the country, journalist Alisa Roth witnessed mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement, wearing restrictive jumpsuits and receiving very limited therapy. Roth estimates nearly 50 percent of inmates are mentally ill. Her...Show More

The Science, Business & Health Effects Of Fish Oil Supplements

45:54 | Jul 9th, 2018

Author Paul Greenberg says the harvesting of tiny fish for omega-3 supplements is having a ripple effect, leading to less healthy and bountiful oceans. His new book is 'The Omega Principle.' Also, critic David Edelstein reviews the documentary 'Three...Show More

Best Of: Filmmaker Boots Riley / Flint Pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha

49:10 | Jul 7th, 2018

Riley's new film 'Sorry To Bother You' is a social and political satire inspired by his time as a telemarketer. Riley is the son of grassroots activists and the frontman for the hip-hop band The Coup, a self-described "revolutionary music collective....Show More

How The Kellogg Brothers Revolutionized Breakfast

47:01 | Jul 6th, 2018

A century ago, two brothers took the world by storm with their mass-produced boxed cereal. Medical historian Howard Markel chronicles their contentious relationship, their prescient concepts of wellness, and their troubling ideas about eugenics and m...Show More

The State Of The Supreme Court

47:39 | Jul 5th, 2018

'New York Times' journalist Adam Liptak says the court's conservative justices have increasingly based their decisions on the foundation of free speech —including a case that dealt a blow to unions. "The politics of the First Amendment have completel...Show More

Traditional Music Legend Doc Watson

48:25 | Jul 4th, 2018

On this Fourth of July, we're going deep into our archive for some great American music. Watson, who died in 2012, was a pioneering bluegrass, country and folk guitarist and singer who changed the way people thought about mountain music. This show fe...Show More

'The Inside Story Of Russia And America'

47:35 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Michael McFaul, who served as the U.S. ambassador to Russia under President Obama, talks with Terry Gross about the upcoming Trump-Putin summit. He says Putin "doesn't meet just for the sake of a meeting; he seeks to advance Russian interests." McFau...Show More

Filmmaker And Rapper Boots Riley

48:51 | Jul 2nd, 2018

Riley's new film 'Sorry To Bother You' is a social and political satire inspired by his time as a telemarketer. It stars Lakeith Stanfield, the co-star of 'Get Out' and the television series 'Atlanta.' Riley is the son of grassroots activists. He's a...Show More

Best Of: Comic W. Kamau Bell / Singer Frank Newsome

49:31 | Jun 30th, 2018

W. Kamau Bell joins Terry Gross to talk about his ancestry and spending time with the late Anthony Bourdain. His new Netflix special is 'Private School Negro,' and his CNN series 'United Shades of America' is in its third season. Jazz critic Kevin Wh...Show More

Remembering Poet Donald Hall

48:57 | Jun 29th, 2018

Hall, who died Saturday at 89, wrote about farm work and his wife, poet Jane Kenyon, in the 1993 memoir 'Life Work.' He and Kenyon spoke to Fresh Air in 1996, and Hall was interviewed again in 2002 and 2012. Also, film critic David Edelstein reviews ...Show More

The Ongoing Crisis At The Border

47:45 | Jun 28th, 2018

'New Yorker' writer Jonathan Blitzer has been in El Paso, Texas, reporting on immigration and family separation. "I've been meeting women who are crying so violently they can barely speak," he says. Also, critic Ken Tucker reviews 'Everything is Love...Show More

Comic W. Kamau Bell

48:22 | Jun 27th, 2018

Bell joins Terry Gross to talk about his ancestry, spending time with the late Anthony Bourdain, and the #MeToo movement. His new Netflix special is 'Private School Negro,' and his CNN series 'United Shades of America' is in its third season. Also, f...Show More

'Why Our Families Can't Afford America' / Singer Frank Newsome

49:01 | Jun 26th, 2018

'Squeezed' author Alissa Quart argues that the costs of housing, child care, health care and college are outpacing salaries and threatening the livelihoods of middle class Americans. Also, Frank Newsome, a former coal miner who has black lung disease...Show More

The Pediatrician Who Exposed The Flint Water Crisis

48:25 | Jun 25th, 2018

After warning of elevated lead levels in her patients' blood in Flint, Mich., Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha faced a backlash: "The state said that I was an unfortunate researcher, that I was causing near hysteria." Her new book, 'What the Eyes Don't See,' i...Show More

Best Of: John Prine / Author Stephen McCauley

49:23 | Jun 23rd, 2018

Singer, songwriter and guitarist John Prine underwent surgeries in 1996 and 2013 that affected his throat and voice. Now, he says, he likes his voice better: "It dropped down lower and feels friendlier." His new album, 'The Tree of Forgiveness,' is h...Show More

The U.S. Gov't's Secret Plan To Save Itself (While The Rest Of Us Die)

49:14 | Jun 22nd, 2018

In 'Raven Rock,' Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect U.S. leaders in the event of a catastrophe. One Cold War-era plan put the post office in charge of cataloging the dead. His book is now out in paperback. Also, film critic Justi...Show More

Inside America's First Family

47:07 | Jun 21st, 2018

'Vanity Fair' journalist Emily Jane Fox focused on Trump's three marriages and five children when writing her new book, 'Born Trump.' "His presence is overwhelming," she says of the president's role in the family. Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan r...Show More

Novelist Stephen McCauley

48:01 | Jun 20th, 2018

McCauley's latest book, 'My Ex-Life,' is a comedy about a couple whose marriage ended years ago when the husband came out as gay, but then they become friends. "All relationships evolve — even for people who stay together," he says. Also, John Powers...Show More

'War, Sabotage, and Fear in the Cyber Age'

48:42 | Jun 19th, 2018

'New York Times' national security correspondent David Sanger says U.S. officials worry that foreign powers have planted malware that could take down critical infrastructure, including the electric power grid and cell phone systems. Sanger's new book...Show More

John Prine

48:54 | Jun 18th, 2018

The singer, songwriter and guitarist underwent surgeries in 1996 and 2013 that affected his throat and voice. Now, he says, he likes his voice better: "It dropped down lower and feels friendlier." His new album, 'The Tree of Forgiveness,' is his firs...Show More

Best Of: Ethan Hawke & Paul Schrader / Michael Chabon

50:35 | Jun 16th, 2018

Schrader wrote and directed the new film 'First Reformed,' which stars Hawke as a pastor having a crisis of faith. Schrader also wrote 'Taxi Driver' and 'Raging Bull. He considers his new film to be his first spiritual film. Also, critic Justin Chang...Show More

'Quest' Follows A North Philly Family For 8 Years

48:29 | Jun 15th, 2018

Filmmaker Jonathan Olshefski spent nearly 10 years filming Christopher Rainey and his family, who run a recording studio in a working-class African-American neighborhood of North Philadelphia. During the course of the film we see the Raineys get marr...Show More

Remembering Feminist Scholar Jill Ker Conway

49:03 | Jun 14th, 2018

Conway, a women's history scholar and the first female president of Smith College, died June 1. She grew up on a remote Australian sheep farm and later went on to write three memoirs. She fought for women's equality in education and in the workplace,...Show More

'Black Athletes, A Divided America, And The Politics Of Patriotism'

47:41 | Jun 13th, 2018

As some athletes kneel for the national anthem to protest racial injustice, and others decline to visit the White House after championships, journalist Howard Bryant discusses the history of social protest among African-American athletes. His new boo...Show More

Paul Schrader & Ethan Hawke On 'First Reformed'

48:43 | Jun 12th, 2018

Schrader wrote and directed the new film 'First Reformed,' which stars Hawke as a pastor having a crisis of faith. Schrader also wrote 'Taxi Driver' and 'Raging Bull.' "I was intoxicated by action and empathy, sex and violence," Schrader says of his ...Show More

'The Powers, Perversions, And Potential Of Heredity'

47:32 | Jun 11th, 2018

Carl Zimmer is a science columnist for the 'New York Times.' His new book, 'She Has Her Mother's Laugh,' is about the broader implications of genetic research and testing. Zimmer tells Terry Gross about genetically modified mosquitoes that are resist...Show More

Best Of: Baseball's Keith Hernandez / Actor Nick Offerman

48:26 | Jun 9th, 2018

Hernandez played on World Series-winning teams with the Cardinals and Mets, and made a memorable appearance on 'Seinfeld.' His new memoir is 'I'm Keith Hernandez.' Also, Justin Chang reviews 'Hereditary,' which he says is the most emotionally devasta...Show More

Remembering Anthony Bourdain

49:29 | Jun 8th, 2018

Bourdain, who died at 61, traveled the world, sampling local cuisine and meeting people along the way. We listen back to his Fresh Air interview from 2016 when he talked about starting his career as a dishwasher, cooking for his daughter, and his lov...Show More

Nick Offerman

47:33 | Jun 7th, 2018

After making a career playing colorful cranks, like Ron Swanson on 'Parks and Recreation,' Offerman plays a different, more nuanced character in 'Hearts Beat Loud.' "This is the largest role, by far, I've ever had in a film," he says. Also, critic Ll...Show More

How A Former FBI Agent Uses Twitter To Fight Terrorism

47:49 | Jun 6th, 2018

Clint Watts developed online relationships with terrorists and their sympathizers in order to understand and undermine terror networks. He also researched Russian efforts to influence U.S. elections. His new book is 'Messing with the Enemy.' Also, ja...Show More

Former Obama White House Staffer Ben Rhodes

48:28 | Jun 5th, 2018

Rhodes was a speechwriter and deputy national security adviser to President Obama. He talks about some of his more intense moments with the president and about Russian interference in the 2016 election. Rhodes' new memoir about his eight years in the...Show More

First Baseman Keith Hernandez

47:33 | Jun 4th, 2018

Hernandez played on World Series-winning teams with the Cardinals and Mets, and made a memorable appearance on 'Seinfeld.' His new memoir about learning baseball and being his own worst enemy is 'I'm Keith Hernandez.' Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehea...Show More

David Sedaris / André Leon Talley

50:18 | Jun 2nd, 2018

Best-selling humorist writer David Sedaris talks about his hobby picking up trash on the side of the road, the secret to being in a long relationship, and his new collection of stories, 'Calypso. Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews Stephen McCauley's new ...Show More

Author Tom Perrotta

47:24 | Jun 1st, 2018

Perrotta's previous books, 'Election' and 'Little Children,' were made into films, and 'The Leftovers' became an HBO series. His new book, 'Mrs. Fletcher,' tells the story of a single mother whose only child has left for college. Perrotta says the bo...Show More

André Leon Talley, Former 'Vogue' Editor-At-Large

48:46 | May 31st, 2018

Talley felt like a misfit growing up — until he stumbled upon a copy of the iconic fashion magazine. Paging through 'Vogue,' he says, was like traveling down a "rabbit hole [into] a world of glamour." The fashion titan talks about loneliness, working...Show More

An Exiled Journalist's 'Fight For Freedom In Modern Iran'

48:03 | May 30th, 2018

Feminist activist and journalist Masih Alinejad discusses her campaign against a law requiring that Iranian women and girls to cover their heads with a hijab. Her new memoir is 'The Wind in My Hair.' Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews the funny new novel...Show More

David Sedaris

48:48 | May 29th, 2018

The best-selling humorist writer talks about his hobby picking up trash on the side of the road, the secret to being in a long relationship, and his new collection of stories, 'Calypso.' Also, classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz reviews violist Joh...Show More

How Rodgers & Hammerstein Revolutionized Broadway

47:22 | May 28th, 2018

Todd Purdum's new book, 'Something Wonderful,' is about the creative partnership and strained personal relationship behind such hit shows as 'Oklahoma!,' 'Carousel,' 'South Pacific' and 'The Sound of Music.' (Rebroadcast from April, 2018)

Best Of: Ronan Farrow / 'Jessica Jones' Actress Krysten Ritter

49:07 | May 26th, 2018

Farrow won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. He talks about his childhood growing up with 13 siblings, many of whom have disabilities, being raised by a single mother, Mia Farrow, and going to college at ...Show More

Remembering Philip Roth, Part II

49:15 | May 25th, 2018

We continue our tribute to literary giant Philip Roth with excerpts of interviews about his novels 'The Plot Against America' and 'Everyman.' Roth died Tuesday at age 85. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new Amazon series 'Picnic at Hangin...Show More

Remembering Philip Roth, Part I

47:51 | May 24th, 2018

The influential novelist won almost every major literary award, but still found the writing process was full of discovery. "Each and every sentence is a revelation," he said. Roth died Tuesday at 85. He spoke with Terry Gross seven times over the yea...Show More

Ronan Farrow

47:28 | May 23rd, 2018

Farrow won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the allegations against Harvey Weinstein. He was threatened while reporting the piece, in an attempt to suppress his investigation. We'll also talk about his childhood growing up with 13 siblings, many...Show More

A Feminist Take On The 'Science & Culture' Of Pregnancy

48:03 | May 22nd, 2018

'Like a Mother' author Angela Garbes explains the importance of the placenta, the nutritional and immunological components of breast milk and the difficulties she faced in childbirth. Also, Ken Tucker reviews a the new album 'Tell Me How You Really F...Show More

Writer Michael Chabon On Fatherhood

49:13 | May 21st, 2018

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author writes about his relationship with his father, as well as his own experiences as the parent of four, in 'Pops: Fatherhood in Pieces.' TV critic David Bianculli reviews the reboot of 'Rocky and Bullwinkle' on Amazon.

Best Of: Annette Bening / Tig Notaro

49:41 | May 19th, 2018

Bening starred in the films 'American Beauty,' 'The Kids Are All Right,' '20th Century Women,' and most recently, 'The Seagull.' Bening spoke with Terry Gross about her transition from stage to screen, her stop-and-start approach to show business, an...Show More

Remembering Tom Wolfe

48:43 | May 18th, 2018

Wolfe began experimenting with nonfiction writing techniques in the 1960s. The "new journalism" pioneer and best-selling author died Monday. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1987. Also, we listen back to a 2014 interview with author Edward St. Aubyn. Hi...Show More

President Trump's 'War' On The 'Deep State'

47:05 | May 17th, 2018

'New Yorker' staff writer Evan Osnos says that hundreds of non-partisan civil servants, considered not loyal enough to the administration, have been marginalized or pushed out of government entirely.

Comic Tig Notaro

48:26 | May 16th, 2018

In 2012, Notaro became famous after her stand-up set about her cancer diagnosis went viral. Since then, she created the Amazon series 'One Mississippi,' got married and had twins. She's also recorded a couple more stand-up specials, including one in ...Show More

Michael Pollan On The 'New Science' Of Psychedelics

1:07:17 | May 15th, 2018

Pollan, author of 'The Omnivore's Dilemma' and 'The Botany of Desire,' talks about his new book, 'How to Change Your Mind.' It covers the history of psychedelic drugs like LSD and magic mushrooms, and how they're now being used experimentally in ther...Show More

The Life And Death Of Robin Williams / 'Jessica Jones' Star Krysten Ritter

47:25 | May 14th, 2018

'New York Times' writer Dave Itzkoff examines Williams' comic brilliance and struggle with addiction in the biography 'Robin.' Williams took his own life in 2014; an autopsy later revealed he had Lewy body dementia. Also, 'Jessica Jones' star Krysten...Show More

Best Of: Tracey Thorn / Chef Lidia Bastianich

49:30 | May 12th, 2018

Tracey Thorn (formerly of the band Everything But the Girl) stepped away from performing two decades ago in order to start a family. Now she sings about the different stages of women's lives on her solo album, 'Record.' Maureen Corrigan reviews the b...Show More