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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
Kitten Lady

47:56 | Aug 15th

Hannah Shaw's job title is "professional kitten rescuer." Known on YouTube and Instagram as Kitten Lady, she has rescued hundreds of neonatal kittens, often orphaned and unweaned, who require a level of care that most shelters cannot provide. That's ...Show More
The 'Secret History' Of Koch Industries

48:55 | Aug 13th

In his new book, 'Kochland,' journalist Christopher Leonard chronicles how Koch Industries and Charles and David Koch acquired huge businesses, limited their liability and created a political influence network to remake the Republican Party. Leonard ...Show More
Actor Damian Lewis

48:25 | Jun 10th

The classically-trained British actor plays a ruthless hedge-fund manager on Showtime's 'Billions,' which recently ended its fourth season. Lewis describes his character as "the embodiment of the American dream." He also starred in the series 'Homela...Show More
How Oligarchs, Kleptocrats & Crooks Stash Fortunes

48:07 | May 1st

Journalist Oliver Bullough runs kleptocracy tours in London, in which he points out mansions bought by corrupt foreign leaders and oligarchs. His book 'Moneyland' describes their secretive transnational world.Also, Ken Tucker reviews Lizzo's first ma...Show More
How The Navy Failed Its Sailors

49:12 | Apr 22nd

ProPublica journalist T. Christian Miller says outdated equipment and a shortage of sailors contributed to two separate collisions involving Navy destroyers in 2017, in which 17 sailors were killed.Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews Herlin Riley's 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
'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
Best Of: Colson Whitehead / A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle With Opioids

49:39 | Aug 17th

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead's new book, 'The Nickel Boys,' is based on the true story of a notorious Florida reform school where many boys were beaten and sexually abused. Dozens of unmarked graves were discovered on the school g...Show More
Actor Jonathan Groff

49:23 | Aug 16th

Groff stars in the crime-thriller series 'Mindhunter,' now in its second season on Netflix. He also talks about his roles on HBO's 'Looking,' and as King George III in 'Hamilton' on Broadway. (Originally broadcast October 2017) Also, film critic Just...Show More
Janet Mock On 'Pose'

48:12 | Aug 14th

Mock made history as the first trans woman of color to write and direct an episode of TV for her work on Ryan Murphy's FX series 'Pose.' The show centers on the trans and queer ball culture in New York City in the '80s and '90s. Mock talks with Terry...Show More
Sister Helen Prejean

49:28 | Aug 12th

Prejean is best known for her 1993 memoir, 'Dead Man Walking,' about her role as a spiritual adviser to a convicted killer on death row. The story was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Prejean has accompanied s...Show More
Best Of: Filmmaker Rodney Evans / Writer Jia Tolentino

50:44 | Aug 10th

Rodney Evans is still making movies, despite having lost much of his vision. His new documentary, 'Vision Portraits,' is about how he and three other blind or visually impaired artists (a photographer, a dancer, and a writer) continue to do their wor...Show More
Remembering Toni Morrison

49:33 | Aug 9th

The Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of 'Beloved,' 'The Bluest Eye,' 'Sula,' 'Song of Solomon,' and other novels, essays and children's books died Monday at 88. She was known for her precise, poetic prose. Her books drew from the blac...Show More
Disinformation & The Murder Of Seth Rich

49:11 | Aug 8th

In July of 2016, Democratic National Committee staffer Seth Rich was murdered in his D.C. neighborhood. Police think he was the victim of a robbery gone wrong. But Russian intelligence operatives planted a fake report claiming that Rich was the perso...Show More
Discrimination Against Women In Hollywood (With Geena Davis & Maria Giese)

48:36 | Aug 7th

The new documentary 'This Changes Everything' explores how women in Hollywood are pushing for more representation in front of and behind the camera. Actor Geena Davis and director Maria Giese talk with Terry Gross about the dramatic disparities on sc...Show More
Jia Tolentino On Feminism, Ecstasy & The Internet

48:42 | Aug 6th

'New Yorker' staff writer Jia Tolentino writes about how social media shapes identity, public discourse and political engagement, particularly for millennials like herself. She talks about growing up in a Houston megachurch, her devastating year in t...Show More
'Vision Portraits' Focuses On Visually Impaired Artists

48:25 | Aug 5th

Filmmaker Rodney Evans is still making movies, despite having lost much of his vision. His new documentary, 'Vision Portraits,' is about how he and three other blind or visually impaired artists (a photographer, a dancer, and a writer) continue to do...Show More
Best Of: Comic Wanda Sykes / Crime Novelist Laura Lippman

51:18 | Aug 3rd

Wanda Sykes' latest Netflix stand-up special, 'Not Normal,' is nominated for two Emmys. She talks with Terry Gross about doing comedy in the Trump era, getting booed for criticizing the president, and coming out publicly at an LGBTQ rally. Laura Lip...Show More
Polar Photographer Paul Nicklen

48:43 | Aug 2nd

Paul Nicklen has spent decades documenting the Arctic, Antarctic and the effects of climate change. He talks about some of the dangerous situations he's been in while on the job. "I'm not really scared of death, I just want my death to be cool, and I...Show More
Comic Wanda Sykes

48:14 | Aug 1st

Sykes talks about coming out publicly at an LGBTQ rally, her double mastectomy, and her career before comedy — working for the National Security Agency. Sykes' latest Netflix stand-up special, 'Not Normal,' is nominated for two Emmys.
How Tech Companies Track Your Every Move & Sell Your Data

48:26 | Jul 31st

'Washington Post' tech columnist Geoffrey Fowler talks about how web browsers, phone apps, and smart speakers are tracking users, even when they're asleep. Fowler listened to four years' worth of audio that Amazon had captured and stored from his Ale...Show More
Crime Novelist Laura Lippman

48:13 | Jul 30th

Lippman's new novel, 'Lady in the Lake,' set in the 1960s, centers on Maddie Schwartz, who leaves her marriage, gets a job at Baltimore's newspaper, and begins investigating the mysterious death of a young black woman. Lippman talks about her own ex...Show More
Why We Need Insects / Illustrator Lisa Hanawalt

49:18 | Jul 29th

Conservation biologist Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson warns that the world's insect population is on the decline — which may have serious consequences for human beings and many other species. Sverdrup-Thygeson talks about eating insects for protein, the ripp...Show More
Best Of: 'The Farewell' Director Lulu Wang / The Nocturnal Brain

50:08 | Jul 27th

When Lulu Wang's grandmother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given three months to live, the family flew to China to see her, but decided not to tell her the prognosis. "I turned out to be a surprisingly good liar," Wang says. Her new film 'Th...Show More
Ranky Tanky

46:57 | Jul 26th

In 2017, three members of Ranky Tanky, a band that takes inspiration from the Gullah people, performed songs from their self-titled debut album. It builds on the music and culture of slave descendants. Their new album is 'Good Time.'Also, film critic...Show More
Jane Mayer On The Case Of Al Franken

48:14 | Jul 25th

The 'New Yorker' investigative reporter recently did a deep dive into the accusations of sexual misconduct that forced Sen. Franken to resign in 2017. Mayer says the chief accuser's story is full of holes. "I certainly knew that we were sort of kicki...Show More
Filmmaker Lulu Wang On 'The Farewell' & Her Family's Real Life Lie

48:55 | Jul 24th

When Lulu Wang's grandmother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given three months to live, the family flew to China to see her, but decided not to tell her the prognosis. "I turned out to be a surprisingly good liar," Wang says. Her new film 'Th...Show More
Sleep Disorders & The Nocturnal Brain

48:56 | Jul 23rd

Neurologist Dr. Guy Leschziner, author of 'The Nocturnal Brain,' says sleep is not a binary state, and the brain can be in multiple stages of sleep at once. That can explain why people sometimes walk, eat, and even have sex while sleeping. He talks a...Show More
Breakthroughs In Heart Health

48:35 | Jul 22nd

Dr. Haider Warraich talks about advancements in treating and preventing heart failure, and explains how the understanding of healthy blood pressure and good cholesterol continues to evolve. His book is 'State of the Heart.' Also, TV critic David Bian...Show More
Best Of: TV Critic Emily Nussbaum / Satirist Randy Rainbow

49:37 | Jul 20th

Emily Nussbaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic for 'The New Yorker,' talks about the art of "terrible men" in the #MeToo era and TV's revolution (from low brow to high art). Her new book of essays and reviews is 'I Like to Watch.'Also, Maureen Cor...Show More
50th Anniversary Of The Moon Landing

49:18 | Jul 19th

For the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we're listening back to archival interviews with Michael Collins, who circled the moon in the command capsule while Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong were on the moon's surface; Alan Shepard, the f...Show More
Corruption & Dysfunction In The Border Protection Agency

49:09 | Jul 18th

When Customs and Border Protection was formed after 9/11 (as a part of the Department of Homeland Security), many agents signed up for the job thinking it would be a quasi-military position, focused on catching terrorists and stopping drug smugglers....Show More
Satirist Randy Rainbow

48:34 | Jul 17th

Rainbow writes and performs satirical songs about President Trump set to melodies of show tunes. "I always considered song parody kind of cheap," the Emmy-nominated performer says. "But ... I've gotten [such a] response from others ... that I'm appre...Show More
Novelist Colson Whitehead On 'The Nickel Boys'

49:31 | Jul 16th

The Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist's new book, 'The Nickel Boys,' is based on the true story of a notorious Florida reform school where many boys were beaten and sexually abused. Dozens of unmarked graves were discovered on the school grounds, which...Show More
TV Critic Emily Nussbaum

48:10 | Jul 15th

The Pulitzer Prize-winning TV critic for 'The New Yorker' talks about the art of "terrible men" in the #MeToo era, TV's revolution (from low to high brow), and what she calls "the bad fan." Her new book of essays and reviews is 'I Like to Watch.'
Best Of: Yiddish 'Fiddler On The Roof' / How 'Maiden' Sailed Into History

50:11 | Jul 13th

A new Yiddish language production of 'Fiddler on the Roof' is currently running off-Broadway. Steven Skybell, who plays Tevye, and Joel Grey, who directs the show, explain why the play still resonates.Film critic Justin Chang reviews the thriller 'M...Show More
MLB's Keith Hernandez / Remembering Pitcher Jim Bouton & Actor Rip Torn

48:58 | Jul 12th

The former first baseman played on championship teams with the Cardinals and Mets, and made a memorable appearance on 'Seinfeld.' His memoir, now out in paperback, is 'I'm Keith Hernandez.'MLB pitcher Jim Bouton, who died Wednesday, spoke to 'Fresh A...Show More
The Ongoing Crisis At The U.S.-Mexico Border

49:04 | Jul 11th

NY Times reporter Caitlin Dickerson has been documenting the impact of the Trump administration's policies on migrants — and on the workers who deal with the large number of people held in detention. Dickerson talks about the squalid conditions at th...Show More
Yiddish 'Fiddler On The Roof'

48:08 | Jul 10th

A new, Yiddish language production of the musical is currently running off-Broadway. Steven Skybell, who plays Tevye, and Joel Grey, who directs the show, explain why the play still resonates.
Gerrymandering, The 2020 Census & Voter Suppression

49:10 | Jul 9th

'Mother Jones' journalist Ari Berman says recent Supreme Court decisions on redistricting and the 2020 census will determine which party is in power in the next decade. Berman says while Americans are justifiably worried that Russia might try again t...Show More
A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle With Opioids

48:59 | Jul 8th

Travis Rieder became dependent on opioids after a motorcycle accident in 2015 that crushed his left foot, and forced him to endure six surgeries. His book 'In Pain' draws on his insights as a patient, and his subsequent research into pain medicine, t...Show More
Best Of: Sarah Jessica Parker / 'Leaving The Witness'

50:09 | Jul 6th

Parker is best-known for her role as the iconic single New Yorker Carrie Bradshaw on 'Sex and the City.' Now, on the HBO series 'Divorce,' she plays Frances, a woman navigating the dissolution of her marriage. Also, Ken Tucker reviews two country hi...Show More
Willie Nelson

52:25 | Jul 5th

At the age of 86, Nelson is still going strong. He's touring and has a new record, 'Ride Me Back Home.' We'll listen back to two interviews with Nelson and hear a review of the new album. When Terry Gross spoke to him in 1996 he told her why he had ...Show More
Lizzo

49:32 | Jul 4th

The flute-playing pop star celebrates self-love on her latest album, 'Cuz I Love You.' About 10 years ago, "I made the decision that I just wanted to be happy with my body," she says. Lizzo talks to Terry Gross about collaborating with Prince, femini...Show More
Sarah Jessica Parker

48:55 | Jul 3rd

Parker is best-known for her role as the iconic single New Yorker Carrie Bradshaw on 'Sex and the City.' Now, on the HBO series 'Divorce,' she plays Frances, a woman navigating the dissolution of her marriage. Parker spoke with Terry Gross about gro...Show More
Uncovering The Story Of Chernobyl

48:54 | Jul 2nd

HBO's recent series 'Chernobyl' has renewed public interest in the 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Journalist Adam Higginbotham has spent years investigating the causes of the accident and the dramatic efforts to contain the damage. He...Show More
From Nightmares To PTSD, The Toll On Facebook Moderators

48:14 | Jul 1st

'Verge' journalist Casey Newton investigated working conditions for the moderators who determine what material can be posted to Facebook. Many are traumatized by the images of hate and violence they see. "I've talked to folks who will wake up in the ...Show More
Best Of: Founders OF The 1st AIDS Ward / Comic Ramy Youssef

50:01 | Jun 29th

The new documentary '5B' tells the story of America's first hospital unit dedicated to the care of people with AIDS. Nurse Cliff Morrison helped create 5B in 1983, and worked on it with Dr. Paul Volberding. They talked with Terry Gross about the earl...Show More
Novelist John Green On OCD

48:25 | Jun 28th

Green's latest novel, 'Turtles All The Way Down,' is about a teenage girl with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The author spoke with Terry Gross about his own experience with OCD in 2017. "It starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that b...Show More
How An All-Female Crew Sailed Round The World & Into The History Books

49:19 | Jun 27th

In 1989, 26-year-old skipper Tracy Edwards set out on what was thought of as an unthinkable journey for a woman — to sail the 33,000 mile Whitbread Round The World Race. She assembled an all-female crew, restored a shabby racing yacht, and took to se...Show More
Founders Of The First AIDS Ward

49:38 | Jun 26th

The new documentary '5B' tells the story of America's first hospital unit dedicated to the care of people with AIDS. Nurse Cliff Morrison helped create 5B in 1983, and worked on it with Dr. Paul Volberding. They talked with Terry Gross about the earl...Show More
Comic Ramy Youssef

47:50 | Jun 25th

In the semi-autobiographical Hulu series 'Ramy,' Youssef plays a first generation Muslim American who follows some — but not all — of the rules of his religion. Youssef, whose parents immigrated from Egypt, also co-created the series. He says he can ...Show More
A Former Jehovah's Witness Reflects On Leaving Her Faith

48:58 | Jun 24th

Amber Scorah was a third generation Jehovah's Witness raised to believe that the Armageddon was imminent. As a teenager she was shunned from her religious community for having sex with her boyfriend. Scorah went on to marry an elder in the church, an...Show More
Best Of: Ava DuVernay / Bill Hader

50:23 | Jun 22nd

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay's Netflix series 'When They See Us' tells the story of how five black and brown boys, known as the Central Park Five, were manipulated into confessing to a brutal rape they did not commit. DuVernay focuses on the boys' perspect...Show More
John Prine

46:33 | Jun 21st

The singer, songwriter and guitarist was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Prine spoke with Terry Gross in 2018 when his album 'The Tree of Forgiveness' was released. He described how his voice changed after neck cancer: "It droppe...Show More
Bill Hader On 'Barry'

47:25 | Jun 20th

Hader, who became famous as a writer and performer on 'Saturday Night Live,' now stars in the HBO series 'Barry.' Hader plays a Marine who suffers from depression and PTSD ever since returning from Afghanistan. While working as a hit man in Los Angel...Show More
Ava DuVernay On 'When They See Us'

46:54 | Jun 19th

DuVernay's Netflix series tells the story of how five black and brown boys, known as the Central Park Five, were manipulated into confessing to a brutal rape they did not commit. 'When They See Us' focuses on the boys' perspective — and the criminal ...Show More
Uncovering The Story Of Major Taylor, America's First Black Sports Hero

48:12 | Jun 18th

At the height of the Jim Crow era, Taylor broke barriers by becoming the country's fastest and most famous cyclist. Author and 'Washington Post' journalist Michael Kranish tells his story in the new book, 'The World's Fastest Man.' "He really belongs...Show More
Rethinking 'Elderhood'

48:30 | Jun 17th

Geriatrician Dr. Louise Aronson treats patients who are in their 60s — as well as those who are older than 100. "I need to be a different sort of doctor for people at different ages and phases of old age," she says. Aronson writes about changing app...Show More
Best Of: How Ordinary People Got Us To The Moon / Actor Damian Lewis

50:14 | Jun 15th

This summer marks 50 years since the first Apollo moon landing. Journalist Charles Fishman's new book 'One Giant Leap' focuses on the untold stories of the ordinary men and women who worked behind-the-scenes on the Apollo missions. "Apollo was the bi...Show More
'I Wrote This Book Because I Love You'

48:47 | Jun 14th

Writer and cartoonist Tim Kreider admits unabashedly that the longest relationship of his adult life was with the stray cat that became his companion for 19 years. His collection of personal essays details his many unconventional relationships, which...Show More
How Hackers Pose A Threat To Cities & Elections

48:58 | Jun 13th

'New York Times' cybersecurity correspondent Nicole Perlroth says hacking tools developed by the NSA were stolen, posted online and are now being used in cyberattacks, including one on the city of Baltimore.Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'The...Show More
How Ordinary People Got Us To The Moon

39:51 | Jun 12th

This summer marks 50 years since the first Apollo moon landing. Journalist Charles Fishman's new book 'One Giant Leap' focuses on the untold stories of the ordinary men and women who worked behind-the-scenes on the Apollo missions. "Apollo was the bi...Show More
Inside Kim Jong Un's North Korea

48:48 | Jun 11th

'Washington Post' journalist Anna Fifield visited North Korea and interviewed many of its citizens — including members of Kim Jong Un's family — for her new book about the country and its leader. Her book is 'The Great Successor.' Also, Maureen Corri...Show More
Best Of: Christina Applegate / The Future Of Food

50:01 | Jun 8th

Christina Applegate stars in the Netflix series 'Dead to Me,' opposite Linda Cardellini, as a woman grieving the sudden death of her husband. She speaks with Terry Gross about her own experience with grief and loss, her double mastectomy, and working...Show More
Remembering Musician Dr. John

47:56 | Jun 7th

New Orleans musician Mac Rebennack, A.K.A. Dr. John, died yesterday at 77. He was known for his raspy voice and hits such as "Right Place, Wrong Time" and "Such A Night." Rebennack spoke with Terry Gross in 1986. Contributor Zahra Noorbakhsh, who is ...Show More
Trump, M.B.Z. & The United Arab Emirates

47:38 | Jun 6th

We talk with 'NYT' international correspondent David Kirkpatrick about how Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (M.B.Z.), the ruler of the United Arab Emirates, became one of the most influential foreign voices in Washington. He's urged the U.S. to adopt his in...Show More
Actor Christina Applegate

48:57 | Jun 5th

Applegate stars in the Netflix series 'Dead to Me,' opposite Linda Cardellini, as a woman grieving the sudden death of her husband. She speaks with Terry Gross about her own experience with grief and loss, her double mastectomy, 'Married with Childre...Show More
The Case Against R. Kelly

48:36 | Jun 4th

Nearly 20 years ago, reporter and pop music critic Jim DeRogatis broke the story that R&B superstar R. Kelly was allegedly sexually abusing underage girls. It all started with an anonymous fax to his office at the 'Chicago Sun-Times.' Fourteen months...Show More
The Future Of Food

47:50 | Jun 3rd

Environmental journalist Amanda Little talks about efforts to create a global food supply for a world that will be hotter, drier and more crowded. Little writes about meat cultured in a lab, 3D printed food, and indoor vertical farming in 'The Fate ...Show More
Best Of: Why College Students Are So Stressed / How Eugenics Shaped U.S. Immigration

49:53 | Jun 1st

As colleges and universities across the country report an explosion of mental health problems, a new book argues that college life may actually be more stressful than ever. Dr. Anthony Rostain and family therapist B. Janet Hibbs are the authors of 'T...Show More
A Return To 'Deadwood'

49:15 | May 31st

The HBO series about a lawless mining town in 19th century South Dakota is now the basis of a new film. TV critic David Bianculli shares his review and then we'll listen back to interviews with actor Timothy Olyphant, who played the sheriff Seth Bul...Show More
SCOTUS And Abortion

48:34 | May 30th

'New York Times' correspondent Adam Liptak talks about how President Trump's two appointees might change the Supreme Court — including its direction on abortion: "It's not hard to write a decision striking down Roe," he says. "It's built on quicksand...Show More
Inside 'Sara Berman's Closet'

48:15 | May 29th

The art installation 'Sara Berman's Closet' chronicles the life of a woman who grew up in a shtetl in Belarus, fled with family to Palestine, and then eventually moved to New York City to start a new life. Berman's daughter, children's book author an...Show More
The Mental Health 'Epidemic' On College Campuses

46:53 | May 28th

As colleges and universities across the country report an explosion of mental health problems, a new book argues that college life may actually be more stressful than ever. Dr. Anthony Rostain, co-author of 'The Stressed Years of Their Lives,' notes ...Show More
Sir Elton John

49:54 | May 27th

The new biographical musical film 'Rocketman' is based on Elton John's life story. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2013 about what he calls "Elton John excess," his fear of sex as a young man, and how Liberace's example encouraged him to make the piano ...Show More
Best Of: John Waters / Lizzo

50:14 | May 25th

John Waters has made a career out of rebelling against the norm. The 'Pink Flamingos' and 'Hairspray' director returns to 'Fresh Air' to talk about what he was like as a kid, and how he still finds ways to break the rules as a self-described "filth e...Show More
Michael Pollan On the 'New Science' Of Psychedelics

48:55 | May 24th

Pollan discusses the history of psychedelic drugs, including LSD and magic mushrooms, and explains how they're currently being used experimentally in therapeutic settings to treat depression, addiction, and fear of death. The author experimented with...Show More
Lizzo

49:15 | May 23rd

The flute-playing pop star celebrates self-love on her latest album, 'Cuz I Love You.' About 10 years ago, "I made the decision that I just wanted to be happy with my body," she says. Lizzo talks to Terry Gross about collaborating with Prince, femini...Show More
The 'Power Struggle' Within The NRA

48:17 | May 22nd

'New York Times' reporter Danny Hakim discusses conflicts within the NRA's leadership, its lawsuit against its advertising and PR company, and what leaked documents reveal about the organization.Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'The Secret B...Show More
A New Approach To Dementia

48:44 | May 21st

While caring for her mother, who had dementia, bioethicist Tia Powell began imagining a different way to approach the disease. Her new book, 'Dementia Reimagined,' looks at long-term care options and end-of-life decisions. Also, movie critic Justin C...Show More
John Waters On Being A 'Filth Elder'

49:18 | May 20th

The cult filmmaker, 73, has plenty of ideas about what older people should and shouldn't do. "You can't be trying too hard to rebel [when] you're older," Waters says. He talks about what he was like as a kid, why he's done making movies, and what he ...Show More
Best Of: Howard Stern / Phoebe Waller-Bridge

50:16 | May 18th

Howard Stern talks about how therapy changed his radio show, what makes him cringe about his early shock jock style, and how being a misfit as a kid pushed him to find an audience. His new book is 'Howard Stern Comes Again.' Phoebe Waller-Bridge writ...Show More
Novelist Explores Sexuality & Relationships In 'My Ex-Life'

48:56 | May 17th

Stephen McCauley's novel, 'My Ex-Life,' is a comedy about a couple whose marriage ended years ago when the husband came out as gay. "All relationships evolve — even for people who stay together," he says. McCauley's book is now out in paperback. Also...Show More
The Dark Side Of Generic Prescription Drugs

49:12 | May 16th

Journalist Katherine Eban says most of the generic medicine being sold in the U.S. is manufactured overseas — sometimes under questionable quality control standards. She talks about instances of fabricated data, sabotaged inspections, and drugs relea...Show More
Howard Stern: Part 2 / Remembering Doris Day

49:07 | May 15th

In the second half of our two-part interview, Stern talks about his 2017 cancer scare, his thoughts on retirement, and his mother's depression. His new book is 'Howard Stern Comes Again.'Also, we remember late Hollywood actress and singer Doris Day. ...Show More
Howard Stern: Part 1

49:31 | May 14th

The self-proclaimed "King of All Media" speaks with Terry Gross for the first time. Stern talks about how therapy changed his radio show, what makes him cringe about his early shock jock style, and how being a misfit as a kid pushed him to find an au...Show More
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Creator Of 'Killing Eve' & 'Fleabag'

48:18 | May 13th

Waller-Bridge writes female characters who are flawed, reckless, unpredictable and real — women not typically seen onscreen. She's the creator and star of the Amazon Prime series 'Fleabag' and creator/producer of the BBC America series 'Killing Eve.'...Show More
Best Of: How Kleptocrats Stash Fortunes / 'PEN15' Creators

50:07 | May 11th

Journalist Oliver Bullough runs kleptocracy tours in London, in which he points out mansions bought by corrupt foreign leaders and oligarchs. His book 'Moneyland' describes their secretive transnational world.Ken Tucker reviews Lizzo's first major la...Show More
Celebrating HBO's 'Veep'

48:59 | May 10th

After seven seasons, 'Veep' is ending this weekend. We listen back to archival interviews with showrunner David Mandel, star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and co-star Tony Hale. Also, Kevin Whitehead reviews the movie 'Bolden' about jazz's original hero, Charl...Show More
Why Deutsche Bank Loaned Donald Trump Billions When No One Else Would

48:33 | May 9th

The German bank was Trump's partner on countless investments at a time when most of Wall Street shied away. As a result, 'New York Times' finance editor David Enrich says, it has a trove of information about Trump. "Deutsche Bank has become the Roset...Show More
The Law That Kept 2 Generations Of Immigrants Out Of The U.S.

48:10 | May 8th

Journalist Daniel Okrent says that the eugenics movement — a junk science that stemmed from the belief that certain races and ethnicities were morally and genetically superior to others — informed the Immigration Act of 1924, which restricted entranc...Show More
Shedding Light On Domestic Violence

47:51 | May 7th

An average of four women are killed by their partners every day in America. Crisis center CEO Suzanne Dubus and journalist Rachel Louise Snyder talk about identifying risk factors in abusive relationships, prevention, and how to set victims up with r...Show More
'PEN15' Revisits The Awkwardness Of Middle School

48:39 | May 6th

From braces to bullies, crushes and drama, middle school is a period of adolescence that might best be described as cringe-worthy.​ In the Hulu series 'PEN15,' actors Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play 13-year-old versions of themselves in the year 20...Show More
Best Of: Patricia Arquette / Erin Lee Carr

50:18 | May 4th

Patricia Arquette has won awards for her performances in 'Escape at Dannemora,' 'Boyhood' and 'Medium.' She currently stars in 'The Act' on Hulu, based on the real-life story of Dee Dee Blanchard, a woman who lied to her daughter, Gypsy Rose, and eve...Show More
Remembering 'Boyz N The Hood' Dir. John Singleton

47:50 | May 3rd

We remember film director John Singleton who died Monday at the age of 51. He made his debut in 1991 with the semi-autobiographical movie 'Boyz n the Hood,' about a group of kids growing up surrounded by drug addiction and gang violence in South Cent...Show More
John Bolton's Push For 'Aggressive Use' Of U.S. Power

49:37 | May 2nd

'New Yorker' staff writer Dexter Filkins says President Trump's current National Security Adviser John Bolton has been hawkish his whole life. His aggressive world view often contrasts with Trump's isolationist tendencies. After President Obama won t...Show More
Erin Lee Carr, Daughter Of David Carr

48:48 | Apr 30th

Writer and documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr, daughter of the late 'New York Times' columnist David Carr, talks about her parents' drug addiction and what it was like to have her father as a mentor. Her new memoir is 'All That You Leave Behind,' an...Show More
Actor Patricia Arquette

48:13 | Apr 29th

Arquette has won awards for her performances in 'Escape at Dannemora,' 'Boyhood' and 'Medium.' She currently stars in 'The Act' on Hulu, based on the real-life story of Dee Dee Blanchard, a woman who falsely convinced her daughter, Gypsy Rose, and ev...Show More
Best Of: 'Lear' Actor Glenda Jackson / Baseball History In 10 Pitches

50:01 | Apr 27th

The 82-year-old British actor is currently playing Shakespeare's famed tragic figure on Broadway — a role traditionally played by a man. "As we get older, those absolute barriers that define gender begin to crack," she says. Jackson took a 23-year br...Show More
The Zombies & Roxy Music Head To The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame

49:27 | Apr 26th

The 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees include the Zombies and Roxy Music. We listen back to archival interviews with Colin Blunstone of the Zombies, and Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno of Roxy Music. Also, John Powers reviews the Netflix nature serie...Show More
The Revelations And Redactions Of The Mueller Report

47:36 | Apr 25th

'Washington Post' investigative reporter Rosalind Helderman broke some of the big stories on the Trump's team's ties to Russia. She co-wrote commentary and analysis for the Post's publication of the Mueller report. Helderman notes what's new in the ...Show More
How Psychiatry Turned To Drugs To Treat Mental Illness

48:21 | Apr 24th

The new book 'Mind Fixers' examines psychiatry's search for a biological understanding of mental illnesses, like depression and bipolar disorder. Science historian Anne Harrington talks about the revolution in medications — from Prozac to Xanax — and...Show More
Actor Glenda Jackson Is King Lear

47:57 | Apr 23rd

The 82-year-old British actor is currently playing Shakespeare's famed tragic figure on Broadway — a role traditionally played by a man. "As we get older, those absolute barriers that define gender begin to crack," she says. Jackson took a 23-year br...Show More
Best Of: Robert Caro / Christopher Meloni

50:00 | Apr 20th

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robert Caro 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 — biogr...Show More
The Remarkable Life Of Frederick Douglass

49:37 | Apr 19th

David Blight's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography describes Frederick Douglass' escape from slavery, his passionate leadership in the abolitionist movement and his gift as a writer and orator. Blight spoke with 'Fresh Air' in December of 2018.Aretha Fr...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
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