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

  • 'Westworld' And 'The Handmaid's Tale' Make Impressive Season 2 Returns
    <p>Both shows are set in a<strong> </strong>dystopian near-future where things have gone terribly wrong — and both expand their established environments considerably in their sophomore seasons.</p><img src='' />
  • Who Is The Mystery Man Behind @realDonaldTrump? (Besides The President)
    <img src='' alt='Journalist Robert Draper says White House social media director Dan Scavino has a hand in crafting about half of the president's tweets.'/><p>Journalist Robert Draper says "no one understands Trump's base" better than White House social media director (and former caddie) Dan Scavino.</p><p>(Image credit: Matt Rourke/AP)</p><img src='' />
  • Actor Brian Tyree Henry On Fame, Authenticity And 'Atlanta'
    <p>Henry plays Alfred, aka the rapper "Paper Boi'," on the FX series <em>Atlanta</em>. As his character becomes more successful, Henry says, he's getting "a little further away from the essence of who [he] is."</p><img src='' />
  • Barbara Bush On Meeting George, Motherhood And Her Signature Fake Pearls
    <img src='' alt='Barbara Bush (shown here at the White House in 1989) met her husband, former President George H.W. Bush, at a dance when she was 16.'/><p>The former first lady, who died Tuesday, told Terry Gross in 1994 that she grew up thinking she'd be a nurse. "But then I met that marvelous George [H.W.] Bush and the nursing went out the window."</p><p>(Image credit: Bob Daugherty/AP)</p><img src='' />
  • James Comey To 'Fresh Air': The FBI Isn't 'On Anybody's Side'
    <img src='' alt='James Comey served director of the FBI from Sept. 4, 2013, until his dismissal on May 9, 2017.'/><p>The former FBI director tells Terry Gross that he wants to sound the alarm about the "forest fire" of the Trump presidency — and also to defend the FBI against charges of partisanship.</p><p>(Image credit: Elias Williams for NPR)</p><img src='' />
  • Latest Episode Of 'Legion' Delivers A Thrillingly Original Hour Of TV
    <p><em>Legion</em> began its second season in early April on FX. David Bianculli says the new episode of the series, "Chapter 11," is strange and compelling in a way that reminds him of the original <em>Twin Peaks</em>.</p><img src='' />
  • After A Journey Through The Lone Star State, Author Concludes: 'The Future Is Texas'
    <p>Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Lawrence Wright predicts that the largest "red" state in the union will eventually move into the "blue" column — and change the nation's politics in the process.</p><img src='' />
  • Fresh Air Weekend: The Story Behind 'The Rider'; The Work Of Rodgers And Hammerstein
    <img src='' alt='Brady Jandreau recreates his own struggle to recover from a serious rodeo accident in The Rider. '/><p>Cowboy Brady Jandreau and director Chloé Zhao discuss <em>The Rider</em>. Maureen Corrigan reviews Meg Wolitzer's <em>The Female Persuasion</em>. Todd Purdum talks about Rogers and Hammerstein's legendary partnership.</p><p>(Image credit: Sony Pictures Classics)</p><img src='' />
  • A Tormented Veteran Rescues Kids From Abuse In 'You Were Never Really Here'
    <p>Joaquin Phoenix plays a shattered soul who makes his way as a thug-for-hire in director Lynne Ramsay's brutal and unsparing new crime film. Justin Chang calls the movie "superior art-house pulp."</p><img src='' />
  • Jon Bon Jovi Reflects On A Music Career That Surpassed His 'Wildest Dreams'
    <p>Bon Jovi spoke to <em>Fresh Air</em> in '09 about growing up, getting his first single on the radio and having group therapy with his bandmates. He'll be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday.</p><img src='' />


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