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 - Friday, 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

  • Fresh Air Weekend: Trump And Fox News; The Science Behind Fish Oil Supplements
    <img src='' alt='President Trump has the phone numbers of prominent Fox News personalities, says Vanity Fair's Gabriel Sherman. "He will call them to suggest story ideas or to compliment them, and when they go on the air, they are thinking of ways to speak directly to the president."'/><p><em>Vanity Fair</em>'s Gabriel Sherman says the president and Fox News host Sean Hannity "speak almost daily." David Edelstein reviews <em>Three Identical Strangers. </em>Paul Greenberg discusses fish oil supplement.</p><p>(Image credit: Richard Drew/AP)</p><img src='' />
  • Remembering 1950s Hollywood Heartthrob Tab Hunter
    <p>Hunter, who died Sunday, made more than 50 films, including<em> Damn Yankees, Battle Cry</em> and <em>That Kind of Woman</em>, before coming out as gay later in life. He spoke to <em>Fresh Air</em> in 2005.</p><img src='' />
  • 'Fresh Air' Conversations With The Late Cartoonist John Callahan
    <p>Callahan was a paraplegic, recovered alcoholic who poked fun at people like himself. He died in 2010; the film <em>Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot</em> is based his life. <em>First broadcast in '89 and '91.</em></p><img src='' />
  • 'Eighth Grade' Captures Awkwardness And Impermanence Of American Adolescence
    <img src='' alt='Elsie Fisher plays Kayla, a teenager voted the "most quiet" girl in her class, in the film, Eighth Grade.'/><p>Elsie Fisher stars as a teenage girl about to graduate from middle school in Bo Burnham's new film. Critic Justin Chang calls <em>Eighth Grade</em> an "enormously affecting" film that plays like a documentary.</p><p>(Image credit: A24)</p><img src='' />
  • Journalist Sees 'Almost No Daylight' Between Fox News And White House Agendas
    <p><em>Vanity Fair</em>'s Gabriel Sherman says the president and Fox News host Sean Hannity "speak almost daily, after Hannity's show, sometimes before, and sometimes for up to an hour a day."</p><img src='' />
  • Once Militantly Anti-Abortion, Evangelical Minister Now Lives 'With Regret'
    <img src='' alt='Evangelical minister Rob Schenck says change is a part of spirituality: "Any time we stop changing we stagnate spiritually, emotionally [and] intellectually."'/><p>After decades working to block access to clinics, Rev. Rob Schenck says he had a change of heart; he now sees abortion as an issue that should be resolved by "an individual and his or her conscience."</p><p>(Image credit: Courtesy of Purple Mickey Productions LLC/Harper Collins )</p><img src='' />
  • Behind Bars, Mentally Ill Inmates Are Often Punished For Their Symptoms
    <img src='' alt='By some accounts, almost half of the incarcerated population in the U.S. suffers from mental illness.'/><p>While visiting jails and prisons across the country, author Alisa Roth witnessed mentally ill inmates in solitary confinement, wearing restrictive jumpsuits and receiving very limited therapy.</p><p>(Image credit: Roy Scott/Getty Images/Ikon Images)</p><img src='' />
  • Daring New Novel Fetishizes A Desperate Desire For Sleep
    <img src='' alt='Ottessa Moshfegh's book My Year of Rest and Relaxation.'/><p>Ottessa Moshfegh's<em> My Year of Rest and Relaxation</em> centers on a miserable young woman who believes that if she could only sleep long enough, she'd wake up refreshed and free of existential pain.</p><p>(Image credit: Samantha Clark/NPR)</p><img src='' />
  • 'Three Identical Strangers' Tells The Astounding Story Of Triplets Separated At Birth
    <p>Tim Wardle's new knockout documentary starts out as a <em>Parent Trap</em>-like lark about three young men who, by chance, realize that they are triplets, but ultimately takes a more devastating turn.</p><img src='' />
  • The Science — And Environmental Hazards — Behind Fish Oil Supplements
    <p>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 <em>The Omega Principle. </em></p><img src='' />


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