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: John Prine; Novelist Stephen McCauley
    <p>Prine explains why he never thought he'd be a recording artist. Critic Justin Chang reviews the documentary <em>The King.</em> McCauley's novel,<em> My Ex-Life, </em>centers on<em> </em>couple whose marriage ended decades ago.</p><img src='' />
  • 'The King' Fuses Elvis' Turbulent Life Story With The Soul Of America
    <p>Eugene Jarecki's documentary uses the rise and fall of Elvis Presley to track the ups and downs of America's past century. Critic Justin Chang calls <em>The King</em> a "feverishly analytical" musical essay.</p><img src='' />
  • In The Event Of Attack, Here's How The Government Plans 'To Save Itself'
    <p>In <em>Raven Rock,</em> Garrett Graff describes the bunkers designed to protect government leaders and the roles for various agencies in the event of catastrophe. <em>Originally broadcast June 21, 2018.</em></p><img src='' />
  • 'Born Trump' Examines The 'Emotional Hold' The President Has On His Family
    <img src='' alt='President Donald Trump reaches out to embrace his family at his inauguration Jan. 20, 2017. (From left: First lady Melania Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump and Tiffany Trump.)'/><p>Journalist Emily Jane Fox focused on Trump's three marriages and five children when writing her new book. "His presence is overwhelming," she says of the president's role in the family.</p><p>(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)</p><img src='' />
  • 2 Books Find Fuel In The American Landscape
    <img src='' alt='Family in Car with Dog.'/><p>Critic Maureen Corrigan recommends two books to expand your horizons: One is a cultural history of the great American road trip; the other an early 20th-century classic of Midwestern rural life.</p><p>(Image credit: CSA Images/Snapstock/Getty Images/CSA Images RF)</p><img src='' />
  • 2 First-Rate Novels Celebrate The Humor And Heroism Of Unconventional Women
    <p>Authors Dorthe Nors and Sayaka Murata use bracing good humor to subvert readers' expectations about single women in their new novels, <em>Mirror, Shoulder, Signal</em> and C<em>onvenience Store Woman.</em></p><img src='' />
  • Novelist Stephen McCauley Embraces Life On A 'Small, Everyday Scale'
    <p>McCauley's novel, <em>My Ex-Life,</em> 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.</p><img src='' />
  • Father John Misty Mixes Egotism And Humor On 'God's Favorite Customer'
    <p>Critic Ken Tucker says Father John Misty's new album offers a "roundabout, melancholy" acknowledgement of the artistic selfishness that often accompanies confessional songwriting.</p><img src='' />
  • Journalist Warns Cyber Attacks Present A 'Perfect Weapon' Against Global Order
    <p><em>New York Times</em> national security correspondent David Sanger says U.S. officials worry that foreign powers have planted malware that could knock out critical infrastructure, including electric power.</p><img src='' />
  • John Prine On Music, Cancer And Why He Never Thought He'd Be A Recording Artist
    <p>The singer, songwriter and guitarist underwent surgeries in 1996 and 2013 that affected his throat and voice. He likes his voice better now: "It dropped down lower and feels friendlier."</p><img src='' />


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