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

  • The U.S. Has An 'Active Cyber War Underway' To Thwart The North Korean Nuclear Threat
    <p><em>New York Times</em> reporter David Sanger talks about North Korea's nuclear program and warns that the regime, which has been "fodder for late night comedians for many many years," is no joke.</p><img src='' />
  • 'One Of The Boys' Tells The Story Of A Corrosive Father-Son Relationship
    <img src='' alt='Cover detail of One of the Boys, by Daniel Magariel.'/><p>Daniel Magariel's debut novel explores the fierce love a 12-year-old boy has for his abusive father. Critic Maureen Corrigan calls it a "slim, deeply affecting and brutal story."</p><p>(Image credit: MarianCarrasquero/NPR)</p><img src='' />
  • Inside DARPA, The Pentagon Agency Whose Technology Has 'Changed the World'
    <p>Journalist Sharon Weinberger discusses the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency, which develops innovative scientific technologies for the military. Her new book is <em>The Imagineers of War.</em></p><img src='' />
  • How For-Profit Colleges Sell 'Risky Education' To The Most Vulnerable
    <img src='' alt='For-profit colleges have faced federal and state investigations into their aggressive recruiting tactics.'/><p>Tressie McMillan Cottom worked in enrollment at two for-profit colleges, but quit because she felt uncomfortable selling students an education they couldn't afford. Her new book is <em>Lower Ed.</em></p><p>(Image credit: Cargo/Getty Images/Imagezoo)</p><img src='' />
  • Fresh Air Weekend: Comic Pete Holmes; Ron Powers Discusses His Sons' Schizophrenia
    <img src='' alt='Pete Holmes stars as a devout Christian comic with an upbeat disposition in the HBO's Crashing.'/><p>Holmes, who grew up a devout Christian, says he draws on his early career and "churchy" roots in HBO's <em>Crashing. </em>Powers talks about mental illness and his efforts to help his sons.</p><p>(Image credit: McCall B. Polay/HBO)</p><img src='' />
  • A Middle-Aged Misanthrope Reconnects With His Long Lost Daughter In 'Wilson'
    <p>Daniel Clowes' angst-ridden graphic novel is the basis for a new film starring Woody Harrelson and Laura Dern. Critic David Edelstein says <em>Wilson</em>'s abrasive protagonist is worth getting to know.</p><img src='' />
  • The Supreme Court Ruling That Led To 70,000 Forced Sterilizations
    <p>In the early 20th century, American eugenicists used forced sterilization to "breed out" traits considered undesirable. Adam Cohen tells the story in <em>Imbeciles</em>. <em>Originally broadcast March 7, 2016.</em></p><img src='' />
  • Remembering Chuck Barris, Self-Proclaimed 'King Of Daytime Television'
    <p>Barris, who died Tuesday in New York, created <em>The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game</em> and <em>The Gong Show,</em> and later wrote the autobiography,<em> Confessions of a Dangerous Mind.</em> <em>Originally broadcast in 1986. </em></p><img src='' />
  • An 'Intimate Portrait' Of Dorothy Day, The Catholic Activist With A Bohemian Past
    <p>Kate Hennessy drew from family letters, diaries and memories in writing <em>Dorothy Day,</em> a biography of her late grandmother. Day founded the Catholic Worker Movement and is now a candidate for sainthood.</p><img src='' />
  • Inside The Wealthy Family That Has Been Funding Steve Bannon's Plan For Years
    <p>Jane Mayer writes in the <em>New Yorker</em> about Robert Mercer and his daughter, Rebekah, who have poured millions of dollars into <em>Breitbart News,</em> and who pushed to have Bannon run Trump's campaign.</p><img src='' />

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