Fresh Air

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Each week, nearly 4.5 million people listen to the show's intimate conversations broadcast on more than 450 National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country, as well as in Europe on the World Radio Network.

Though Fresh Air has been categorized as a "talk show," it hardly fits the mold. Its 1994 Peabody Award citation credits Fresh Air with "probing questions, revelatory interviews and unusual insights." And a variety of top publications count Gross among the country's leading interviewers. The show gives interviews as much time as needed, and complements them with comments from well-known critics and commentators.


Monday - Thursday, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM and repeating Monday - Thursday, 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM on WUSF 89.7

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Combine an intelligent interviewer with a roster of guests that, according to the Chicago Tribune, would be prized by any talk-show host, and you're bound to get an interesting conversation. Fresh Air interviews, though, are in a category by themselves, distinguished by the unique approach of host and executive producer Terry Gross. "A remarkable blend of empathy and warmth, genuine curiosity and sharp intelligence," says the San Francisco Chronicle.

Gross, who has been host of Fresh Air since 1975, when it was broadcast only in greater Philadelphia, isn't afraid to ask tough questions. But Gross sets an atmosphere in which her guests volunteer... Read More...

From Fresh Air

  • From Slavery To 'American Wonder': Revisiting Frederick Douglass' Remarkable Life
    <p>Historian David Blight's new biography describes Douglass' escape from slavery, his passionate leadership in the abolitionist movement and his gift as a writer and orator. <em></em></p><img src='' />
  • 2018 'Ghost List' Revisits The TV, Books And Movies A Critic Wishes He Covered
    <img src='' alt='Ben Whishaw voices the perpetually well-meaning bear in Paddington 2.'/><p>Each year, <em>Fresh Air</em> critic-at-large John Powers finds himself haunted by the books, movies and shows that he loved but wasn't able to review on the air.</p><p>(Image credit: Warner Bros.)</p><img src='' />
  • Fresh Air Weekend: Actor Richard E. Grant; JD McPherson Plays A Holiday Concert
    <img src='' alt='Richard E. Grant plays Jack Hock, the sidekick to literary forger Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) in Can You Ever Forgive Me? '/><p>Grant talks about growing up in Swaziland and his role in<em> Can You Ever Forgive Me?</em> Critic Maureen Corrigan picks the best books of 2018. McPherson and his band perform live in studio from <em>Socks</em></p><p>(Image credit: Mary Cybulski/Twentieth Century Fox)</p><img src='' />
  • Bruce Springsteen: On Jersey, Masculinity And Wishing To Be His Stage Persona
    <p>Springsteen's one-man show closes on Broadway Saturday, then begins streaming on Netflix. He spoke to <em>Fresh Air</em> in 2016, admitting: "People see you onstage and, yeah, I'd want to be that guy."</p><img src='' />
  • 'Beale Street' Is A Heart-Stopping, Beautiful Story Of Love And Injustice
    <img src='' alt='Teyonah Parris, KiKi Layne and Regina King star in If Beale Street Could Talk, adapted from James Baldwin's 1974 novel.'/><p><em>Moonlight</em> director Barry Jenkins returns with a new drama about young lovers in 1970s Harlem whose lives are thrown into turmoil when one of them is falsely accused of a crime.</p><p>(Image credit: Tatum Mangus/Annapurna Pictures)</p><img src='' />
  • Richard E. Grant Barely Survived Childhood. Now He's Thriving As An Actor
    <img src='' alt='Richard E. Grant plays Jack Hock, the sidekick to literary forger Lee Israel (Melissa McCarthy) in Can You Ever Forgive Me? '/><p>The self-described "lifelong character actor" plays an alcoholic sidekick in the film <em>Can You Ever Forgive Me?</em> Through Grant is allergic to alcohol, he grew up in Swaziland with an alcoholic father.</p><p>(Image credit: Mary Cybulski/Twentieth Century Fox)</p><img src='' />
  • Christmas Albums By Rodney Crowell And The Monkees Capture The Spirit Of The Season
    <p>For both Crowell and the Monkees, Christmas is a time to draw up a gratitude list and put the year in perspective. The results aren't always jolly, but they're certainly sincere and passionate.</p><img src='' />
  • From Convict To Criminal Justice Reporter: 'I Was So Lucky To Come Out Of This'
    <img src='' alt='Keri Blakinger spent nearly 2 years incarcerated on narcotics charges before becoming a criminal justice reporter for the Houston Chronicle. '/><p>Keri Blakinger spent nearly two years locked up on narcotics charges before becoming a journalist. "I've been so privileged in so many ways to end up with hope and second chances," she says.</p><p>(Image credit: Nicole Hensley/Houston Chronicle)</p><img src='' />
  • A Roots And Rockabilly Holiday Concert With JD McPherson And His Band
    <img src='' alt='Singer-songwriter JD McPherson (second from left) plays with Raynier Jacildo, Jimmy Sutton, Jason Smay and Doug Corcoran on the album Socks.'/><p>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 <em>Socks</em>, and McPherson talks about growing up on a cattle farm.</p><p>(Image credit: Alysse Gafkjen / Sacks Co.)</p><img src='' />
  • Maureen Corrigan Picks The Best Books Of 2018, Including The Novel Of The Year
    <p><em>Fresh Air</em>'s book critic recommends the ten best books of the year, including <em>The Great Believers</em>, Rebecca Makkai's sweeping story about the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s.</p><img src='' />