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

  • 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='' />
  • The Revolution Will Be Driverless: Autonomous Cars Usher In Big Changes
    <img src='' alt='Attendees get a closer look at the BMW Vision iNEXT autonomous electric car at a special unveil event ahead of the LA Auto Show, November 27, 2018 in Los Angeles.'/><p>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.</p><p>(Image credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)</p><img src='' />
  • Fresh Air Weekend: Bradley Cooper; Samin Nosrat
    <img src='' alt='Bradley Cooper plays Jackson Maine, a musician struggling with addiction, in A Star Is Born.'/><p>Cooper learned to sing, direct and talk deeply for <em>A Star Is Born. </em>James Beard award-winning food writer and chef Samin Nosrat demystifies great tastes in her Netflix series, <em>Salt Fat Acid Heat.</em></p><p>(Image credit: Peter Lindbergh/Warner Bros.)</p><img src='' />
  • How The 'Golden Age' Of Corporate Musicals Used Songs To Boost Sales
    <p>Sheldon Harnick, John Russell and Steve Young discuss "industrial musicals," Broadway-style productions written and performed at the behest of corporations. <em>Originally broadcast Nov. 5, 2013.</em></p><img src='' />
  • Stylistically Dazzling 'Vox Lux' Draws Link Between Pop Stardom And Terrorism
    <p>Natalie Portman plays a young Christian woman who is propelled to pop stardom following a mass shooting. Critic John Powers says <em>Vox Lux</em> is inventive — and exasperating.</p><img src='' />
  • On Netflix, Chef Samin Nosrat Goes Global To Demystify 'Salt Fat Acid Heat'
    <img src='' alt='Samin Nosrat travels to different countries to learn how salt, acid, fat and heat affect food on her four-part Netflix series.'/><p>In her four-part show, James Beard award-winning food writer and chef Samin Nosrat travels the globe, talking to home chefs to learn more about the four essentials of great food.</p><p>(Image credit: Netflix)</p><img src='' />
  • Actor Lucas Hedges On 'Ben is Back', ADHD And Crying On Screen
    <p>Best known for his roles in <em>Manchester by the Sea</em> and <em>Lady Bird,</em> Hedges stars as a teenager in rehab for opioid addiction in <em>Ben is Back.</em> He's also nominated for a Golden Globe for <em>Boy Erased.</em></p><img src='' />