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Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.

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Best Of: Robert Caro / Christopher Meloni

April 19th, 2019

50:00

Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Robert Caro was never interested in only telling the stories of great men. Instead, he says, "I wanted to …

The Remarkable Life Of Frederick Douglass

April 19th, 2019

49:37

David Blight's Pulitzer Prize-winning biography describes Frederick Douglass' escape from slavery, his passionate leadership in the abolitionist …

From Fastballs To Greaseballs, A History Of Baseball In 10 Pitches

April 18th, 2019

48:06

'New York Times' baseball writer Tyler Kepner spoke to 22 hall-of-fame pitchers about what they throw, and how they get a mental edge over hitters. His new book is 'K: A History of Baseball in Ten Pitches.'

Also, Maureen …

Actor Christopher Meloni / Tiger Woods' Historic Comeback

April 17th, 2019

49:26

After 12 seasons on Law & Order: SVU, Christopher Meloni plays a disgraced policeman-turned-hit man in the second season of the Syfi Channel …

How Climate Change Threatens Humanity

April 16th, 2019

47:36

Bill McKibben, who first warned of climate change 30 years ago, says its effects are now upon us. He talks about heat waves, fires, flooding, drought, and, soon, millions of climate refugees. "The idea that anybody's …

Robert Caro

April 15th, 2019

48:20

The two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist was never interested in only telling the stories of great men. Instead, he says, "I wanted to use …

Best Of: Henry Winkler / Rob Delaney

April 12th, 2019

50:04

After wrapping up his role as 'Happy Days' iconic cool guy, The Fonz, in 1985, Winkler struggled with typecasting. Eventually he was able to move on. …

Ray Romano / Remembering Seymour Cassel

April 12th, 2019

47:54

Ray Romano spoke to Terry Gross in 2016 about life after 'Everybody Loves Raymond,' and how fame has affected him. "Here's what I say: Before I thought my cab driver hated me; now I think my limo driver hates me." His …

Henry Winkler

April 11th, 2019

49:04

After wrapping up his role as 'Happy Days' iconic cool guy, The Fonz, in 1985, Winkler struggled with typecasting. Eventually he was able to move on. …

American Prosecution & Mass Incarceration

April 10th, 2019

47:35

The U.S. prison population is booming; an estimated 2.1 million people were incarcerated in America in 2016, and as many people in the U.S. have …

Congress In The Trump Era

April 9th, 2019

47:50

Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer, who cover Congress for 'Politico,' discuss the power dynamics of Capitol Hill during the Trump Presidency. Their new …

How Climate Change Became A Partisan Issue

April 8th, 2019

48:13

Journalist Nathaniel Rich talks about the missed opportunities in our recent history that could've halted or slowed climate change. Rich says that …

Best Of: Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin / A Therapist Goes To Therapy

April 5th, 2019

49:43

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, who conducts New York's Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra, spoke with Terry Gross in front of a live audience …

Dancer Gwen Verdon Of 'Fosse/Verdon'

April 5th, 2019

49:21

The new FX series 'Fosse/Verdon' celebrates the professional and romantic relationship between legendary choreographer Bob Fosse and dancer Gwen Verdon. He created the musicals 'Chicago,' 'Damn Yankees,' and 'Sweet …

Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin

April 4th, 2019

48:30

Nézet-Séguin, who directs the New York's Metropolitan Opera and the Philadelphia Orchestra, spoke with Terry Gross in front of a live audience for a …

Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. / Rob Delaney Of 'Catastrophe'

April 3rd, 2019

49:54

Henry Louis Gates Jr. points to post-Civil War Reconstruction as the genesis of white supremacy, as white Southerners looked for ways to roll back …

The Ongoing Crisis In Venezuela

April 2nd, 2019

49:14

'New York Times' reporter Nicholas Casey was in Maracaibo, Venezuela, in March 2019 during a six-day power outage that left 30 million people in the …

The Motivations & Impact Of SCOTUS Justice John Roberts

April 1st, 2019

49:24

CNN legal affairs correspondent Joan Biskupic discusses the roots of Roberts' conservatism and his work for the Reagan and George H.W. Bush administrations. She says he's had a conservative impact on the law, but is …

Best Of: John Mulaney / Natasha Lyonne

March 29th, 2019

49:11

John Mulaney was a writer at 'Saturday Night Live' for five years and recently returned to host for the first time. He talks about his 'SNL' …

Mexican-American Writer Finds Inspiration In Family, Tragedy & Trump

March 29th, 2019

48:15

Luis Alberto Urrea's book 'The House of Broken Angels' borrows from the story of his older brother, who died of cancer. He says the book went through …

A Therapist Goes To Therapy (And Gets A Taste Of Her Own Medicine)

March 28th, 2019

46:48

Lori Gottlieb is a psychotherapist who started seeing a therapist herself after the man she thought she would marry unexpectedly broke up with her. …

Natasha Lyonne On 'Russian Doll'

March 27th, 2019

47:54

Lyonne's character on the Netflix series 'Russian Doll' keeps dying and coming back to life. It's a premise that strikes a chord with the actor; …

Comic John Mulaney

March 26th, 2019

47:43

Mulaney was a writer at 'Saturday Night Live' for five years and recently returned to host for the first time. "I was absolutely terrified," he says. …

The New Zealand Massacre And The Global Resurgence Of Extremism

March 25th, 2019

47:48

J.M. Berger studies the online activity of extremists. He warns that white nationalism is a growing phenomenon worldwide — with many in the movement drawing inspiration from President Trump. "When we do the social media …

Best Of: The Emotional Lives Of Primates / Playwright & Actor Heidi Schreck

March 22nd, 2019

48:43

Primatologist Frans de Waal has spent 40 years studying the behavior and emotions of primates. He talks about how primates experience jealousy, …

Remembering Poet W.S. Merwin / 'King Of The Surf Guitar' Dick Dale

March 22nd, 2019

48:59

W.S. Merwin, the former U.S. poet laureate, died March 15. He was a prolific writer as well as a conservationist and a conscientious objector during …

Did Russia Influence The Brexit Movement?

March 21st, 2019

48:16

'New Yorker' journalist Ed Caesar discusses Arron Banks, the British businessman who funded the most extreme end of the pro-Brexit "Leave" campaign — possibly with help from Russia.

Rock critic Ken Tucker reviews Carsie …

How Women Have Been 'Profoundly' Left Out Of The Constitution

March 20th, 2019

47:22

As a teen, Heidi Schreck debated the Constitution in competitions. Later she realized it had failed to protect four generations of women in her …

The Emotional Lives Of Primates

March 19th, 2019

48:34

Primatologist Frans de Waal has spent 40 years studying the behavior and emotions of primates. He talks about how primates experience jealousy, …

Exposing The Health Risks Of Incarceration

March 18th, 2019

49:27

Dr. Homer Venters spent nine years overseeing the care of thousands of inmates on New York City's Rikers Island. He details horrific cases of inmate deaths from beatings and neglect, and how a new medical record system …

Best Of: Aidy Bryant / Finding God In The Faith Of Others

March 15th, 2019

50:15

'Saturday Night Live' cast member Aidy Bryant mourns the time she lost in her teens and early 20s feeling self-conscious about her weight and living in fear of judgment about her body. "The second I stopped being afraid …

Remembering Drummer Hal Blaine / Chef Lidia Bastianich

March 15th, 2019

48:28

Hal Blaine, one of the most prolific drummers in rock 'n' roll history, played on recordings with the Beach Boys, Elvis, Sinatra and many others. He …

Aidy Bryant On 'SNL' & 'Shrill'

March 14th, 2019

48:20

'Saturday Night Live' cast member Aidy Bryant mourns the time she lost in her teens and early 20s feeling self-conscious about her weight and living in fear of judgment about her body. She recalls counting calories, …

Why Emergency Room Visits Cost So Much

March 13th, 2019

46:54

How could an ER visit in which a patient receives nothing more than a Band-Aid cost $629? Sarah Kliff, a health policy reporter for 'Vox,' spent over …

Inside The Fight For Free Press

March 12th, 2019

47:35

David McCraw, deputy general counsel for 'The New York Times,' talks about legal issues he's faced on the job — from the president's lawyer threatening to sue for libel to the decision to publish WikiLeaks documents and …

Finding God In the Faith Of Others

March 11th, 2019

47:19

Barbara Brown Taylor, an ordained Episcopal priest, left her job as rector of a church to become a professor of religion. Her new book, 'Holy Envy,' …

Best Of: 'Never Look Away' Asks, Why Make Art? / Inside The Fox News White House

March 8th, 2019

49:28

Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck's new film, 'Never Look Away,' tells the story of an artist who grows up in Nazi Germany, comes of age in East Germany and travels to the West to find freedom for himself and his art.

50 Years Of 'The Godfather'

March 8th, 2019

47:26

We mark the 50th anniversary of the publication of Mario Puzo's novel 'The Godfather' by listening back to our '96 interview with Puzo and our '16 …

Jane Mayer On The Fox News White House

March 7th, 2019

48:34

Past administrations have had favored members of the press, says 'New Yorker' investigative reporter Jane Mayer, "but nothing where someone is so close in that they are coordinating on a daily basis with the president." …

'Never Look Away' Asks: Why Make Art? Who Is It For?

March 6th, 2019

48:25

The film 'Never Look Away' is about a painter who is first exposed to modern art as child growing up in Nazi Germany. His aunt takes him to an exhibit of modern art curated by Nazis, meant to show what degenerate art …

Living With Gun Violence And Trauma In Chicago

March 5th, 2019

47:17

Journalist Alex Kotlowitz spent a summer in Chicago chronicling people whose lives were changed or lost due to gun violence. He likens the trauma of …

The 'Orchid' Vs. 'The Dandelion': The Science Of Sensitive Kids

March 4th, 2019

48:06

Pediatrician Thomas Boyce has treated children who seem to be completely unflappable and unfazed by their surroundings — as well as those who are extremely sensitive to their environments. Over the years, he began to …

Best Of: Pamela Adlon / Inside The Real 'Green Book'

March 1st, 2019

49:50

Pamela Adlon directs, co-writes and stars in the FX comedy series 'Better Things,' which begins its third season on Thursday. The show centers on a single working mother of three daughters who is also trying to help her …

Remembering 'Singin' In The Rain' Co-Director Stanley Donen

March 1st, 2019

47:56

"Dance numbers are anything but spontaneous," Donen told Fresh Air in 1996. Donen, who died Feb. 21, also directed 'On the Town,' 'Funny Face' and …

How Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Translates Trump

February 28th, 2019

47:33

According to journalist Mattathias Schwartz, a major part of Pompeo's job is traveling the world and cleaning up the president's messes. Schwartz writes about Pompeo in the 'New York Times Magazine.' He says Pompeo was …

Why Older Women Are Often The 'Happiest Demographic' In America

February 27th, 2019

48:14

Mary Pipher's new book, 'Women Rowing North,' chronicles the positive aspects of transitioning from middle age to old age: "At this life stage, women …

Pamela Adlon On 'Better Things'

February 26th, 2019

46:42

Adlon directs, co-writes and stars in the FX comedy series 'Better Things,' which begins its third season on Thursday. The show centers on a single working mother of three daughters who is also trying to help her …

Documentary Chronicles The Real Life 'Green Book'

February 25th, 2019

48:05

Filmmaker Yoruba Richen's documentary, 'The Green Book: Guide to Freedom,' tells the story of the manual, first published in 1936, that helped African-Americans find safe places to stay, eat, shop and do business on the …

Best Of: 'Surviving R. Kelly' Filmmaker dream hampton / Adam Savage Of 'MythBusters'

February 22nd, 2019

49:55

R. Kelly was charged on Friday with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving four victims. In an interview recorded Wednesday, Feb. …

Rami Malek / Adam McKay

February 22nd, 2019

48:53

"No one can sing like Freddie Mercury," Malek told Terry Gross in November 2018. The actor has been nominated for an Academy Award for playing …

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