Fresh Air

Weekdays 4:00 pm & Repeats Monday-Thursday12:00 AM
  • Hosted by Terry Gross

Fresh Air opens the window on contemporary arts and issues with guests from worlds as diverse as literature and economics. 

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Terry Gross hosts this multi-award-winning daily interview and features program. The veteran public radio interviewer is known for her extraordinary ability to engage guests of all dispositions. Every weekday she delights intelligent and curious listeners with revelations on contemporary societal concerns.

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On the next Fresh Air – we hear from journalist Somini Sengupta, New York Times International climate reporter, about climate change, and the consequences of rising temperatures -  including drought, famine, civil unrest, death, disease, and increased migration. Join us

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Terry Gross talks with Karen Piper about growing up in the ‘70s in the Mojave Desert on a secret weapons testing site, where her parents designed missiles. It was a place where a bomb could accidentally land on your house, parachuters fell from the sky, and a man could fly by in an ejection seat.  PIPER’S memoir is A Girl's Guide to Missiles.  Join us.

I've been a fan of Kevin Wilson's writing since 2011, when I read his debut novel The Family Fang. That novel delved into the life of a husband and wife pair of performance artists who worked their young children into their pieces. Without being pat about it, Wilson drove home the realization that every family constitutes its own rag-tag troupe of performance artists and that children are mostly at the mercy of their parents' "acts."

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Co-founder of Sire records Seymour Stein discovered Talking Heads, The Ramones and signed Madonna, and Ice T. Also -- Jim Gavin, the creator of the new AMC series Lodge 49, about a bereaved surfer named Dud who stumbles upon a declining fraternal order like the Elks.  Join us.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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We feature Terry’s interview with David Sedaris, recorded after the publication of his book of diary entries, which is now out in paperback.  Entries include the life-changing broadcast of his “Santaland Diaries”, cleaning houses for a living, getting sober, and the deaths of his mother and sister.  Join us.  

The Pew Research Center estimates that there are about 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States — and that approximately two-thirds of them have been here for more than a decade.

Journalist Frank Foer says that for many years, there was a tacit agreement among politicians of both parties that there would be a pathway to citizenship for many of the long-term undocumented immigrants.

The citizens of democracies have always been suspicious about concentrations of unelected power. In the late days of the Roman Republic, Cicero denounced the triumvirate who had usurped the role of the Senate as the imperium in imperio, or the government within the government. Nowadays, the alleged usurpers go by more pedestrian names: the invisible government, the hidden government, the shadow government.

We hear from Franklin Foer. His new article How ICE went Rogue is the cover story of the new edition of The Atlantic magazine.  The article is also about the booming industry of private detention centers for immigrants rounded up by ICE – Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  

In 1973, documentary filmmaker Jennifer Fox wrote a story for her eighth-grade English class that alluded to a young girl's intimate relationship with a middle-aged man and woman. At the time, Fox's teacher assumed the story was fiction.

It wasn't.

"The Tale," as it was called, was based on Fox's own experiences with her male running coach and female horseback riding coach — which Fox considered normal at the time: "I wrote at 13 with no concept of abuse at all," she says. "It was a love story; it was a relationship."

Jennifer Fox, the writer-director of the Emmy nominated HBO film The Tale, based on her experience being sexually abused at age 13 by her running coach. It took her years to realize that the story she told herself then—that this was a relationship based on love—was really a story of child sexual abuse. 

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Terry Gross talks with David Kirkpatrick, a New York Times international correspondent based in London.  We’ll also discuss his new book, about covering the Egyptian revolution and subsequent coup, when Kirkpatrick was Cairo Bureau chief.  It’s also about the Obama administration’s response. Join us.

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On the next Fresh Air – community service rather than jail for non-violent offenses. Terry Gross talks with Julian Adler, director of policy and research at the Center for Court Innovation, and Judge Victoria Pratt about ways to reduce mass incarceration. Judge Pratt used to preside at a community Court Program in Newark that provides alternatives to jail to low-level offenders. Join us.

Fresh Air Weekend highlights some of the best interviews and reviews from past weeks, and new program elements specially paced for weekends. Our weekend show emphasizes interviews with writers, filmmakers, actors and musicians, and often includes excerpts from live in-studio concerts. This week:

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Better Call Saul begins Season 4 on AMC Monday. On the next Fresh Air we feature interviews with the show's star Bob Odenkirk who plays Saul, Giancarlo Esposito who plays drug kingpin Gus Fring; Peter Gould, the show's co-creator, and Jonathan Banks, who plays Mike, who was a cop before he was a fixer. Join us.

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ProPublica and Frontline PBS correspondent A.C. Thompson spent months investigating white supremacist organizations and their members who came to the Unite the Right rally last year ready for battle--one of them an active duty marine. Thompson’s reporting appears online and in a Frontline documentary Tuesday.

We think of whales as creatures of the sea, but scientists now believe that 40 million to 50 million years ago, whales had four legs and lived at least part of their lives on land.

"We can tell that they're whales based on key features of their anatomy — specifically parts of their skull," paleobiologist Nick Pyenson says. "But they were certainly not like the whales that you would see today."

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