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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.Subscribe to Fresh Air Plus! You'll be supporting the uniqu… read more

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Investigating The Far-Right Militia Groups Of Jan. 6

June 30th, 2022

44:43

New York Times journalist Alan Feuer says some members of Trump's inner circle have close ties to the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, whose leaders have been charged with seditious conspiracy.

Novelist Mat Johnson

June 29th, 2022

55:27

Mat Johnson's new satirical novel, Invisible Things, is set in the future, on a moon of Jupiter, in an artificial ecosystem designed to replicate …

Novelist John Vercher On MMA Fighting, Memory Loss & Identity

June 28th, 2022

45:50

Writer John Vercher trained in mixed martial arts as a young man. His novel, After the Lights Go Out, centers on a veteran MMA fighter who is experiencing memory loss, severe mood swings and tinnitus. The book is also …

Joel Kim Booster On 'Fire Island'

June 27th, 2022

46:10

Comic Joel Kim Booster speaks with guest interviewer Sam Sanders about his new film Fire Island (which he wrote and stars in). Inspired by Pride and Prejudice, it's a rom-com about a group of gay friends and explores …

Best Of: The Sensory World Of Animals / Mothering As Social Change

June 25th, 2022

47:16

We explore the hidden world around us — the sights, smells, tastes, sounds, and vibrations that are imperceptible to humans, but are perceived by various animals and insects. We talk with science writer Ed Yong about …

A Former Flight Attendant Shares Stories From The Sky

June 24th, 2022

45:48

T.J. Newman's book, Falling, is a thriller about a hijacking on a commercial flight. The pilot is told he must crash the plane or his family on the …

Where The Anti-Abortion Movement Is Heading

June 23rd, 2022

43:51

How did we get to the point where Roe v. Wade is likely to be overturned, just as we approach its 50 anniversary? We talk with law professor Mary Ziegler. She's written several books about the abortion wars. Her new …

The Sensory World Of Animals

June 22nd, 2022

44:55

There's a vast world around us that animals can perceive — but humans can't. Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Ed Yong talks about some of the …

Rethinking The 'Essential Labor' Of Raising Children

June 21st, 2022

45:26

In her book, author Angela Garbes makes the case that the work of raising children has always been undervalued and undercompensated in the U.S. Then came the pandemic, and everything got harder. We talk about how …

Banjo Player Rhiannon Giddens Sings Slave Narratives

June 20th, 2022

46:36

Giddens' album Freedom Highway is an exploration of Black experiences, accompanied by an instrument with its own uniquely African American story: the banjo. Originally broadcast May 11, 2017.

Ken Tucker reviews three new …

Best Of: News Anchor Katy Tur / Linda Villarosa On Racism & Healthcare

June 18th, 2022

48:46

Katy Tur's parents ran a helicopter news service in LA in the '80s and '90s. While she loved the rush of flight, her family dynamic was a volatile …

The History Of Juneteenth / Remembering Philip Baker Hall

June 17th, 2022

44:59

Juneteenth, formerly Emancipation Day or Jubilee, celebrates the day slavery ended in Texas, June 19, 1865. Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette …

How Phones Are Mining Data On Kids (And All Of Us)

June 16th, 2022

44:45

Washington Post tech writer Geoffrey Fowler says that apps are collecting data on kids on a massive scale — despite a law that was designed to …

Searching For The Source Of The Nile

June 15th, 2022

45:34

Writer Candice Millard chronicles the arduous journey of two 19th century explorers through East Africa, where they battled heat, insects, and diseases that at times rendered one or the other deaf, blind or paralyzed. …

The Hidden Toll Of Racism On Health

June 14th, 2022

45:46

1619 Project journalist Linda Villarosa says bias in the healthcare system and the "weathering" affect of living in a racist society are taking a …

MSNBC Anchor Katy Tur

June 13th, 2022

46:38

Tur's parents ran a helicopter news service in LA in the '80s and '90s. While she loved the rush of flight, her family dynamic was a volatile one. We …

Best Of: Comic Sam Jay / Coach Dawn Staley

June 11th, 2022

48:23

On her HBO show, PAUSE with Sam Jay, SNL alum Sam Jay talks with with friends and fellow comics about topics like queer culture, relationships, and …

Julie Andrews

June 10th, 2022

46:54

Julie Andrews is this year's recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. The star of Mary Poppins and The Sound of Music says …

The Jan. 6 Insurrection: Understanding The Big Picture

June 9th, 2022

45:34

New York Times Congressional reporter Luke Broadwater says the effort to overturn the 2020 election results was a "sprawling and diffuse" one that …

Island Records Founder Chris Blackwell

June 8th, 2022

45:18

Blackwell grew up in Jamaica, and, as the head of Island Records, helped launch the careers of reggae stars like Bob Marley and Jimmy Cliff, as well as rock bands like U2. His memoir is The Islander.

Maureen Corrigan …

Comic Sam Jay

June 7th, 2022

45:49

On her HBO show, PAUSE with Sam Jay, the SNL alum talks with with friends and fellow comics about topics like queer culture, relationships, and …

Basketball Star Dawn Staley

June 6th, 2022

46:52

Dawn Staley has won Olympic gold medals as a player and as a head coach. She played in the WNBA, and is now head coach of the South Carolina …

Best Of: David Sedaris / Political Discord In The White Evangelical Church

June 4th, 2022

47:54

Humorist David Sedaris talks about his new collection of personal essays, called Happy-Go-Lucky. This book has some pretty serious writing about his …

Remembering Ray Liotta

June 3rd, 2022

45:31

Actor Ray Liotta died last week at 67. We'll listen back to Terry's 2016 interview with him. He got his start playing a nice guy on a soap opera. …

Uncovering Abuse In The Southern Baptist Convention

June 2nd, 2022

45:12

A new report commissioned by the Southern Baptist Convention found that "survivors and others who reported abuse were ignored, disbelieved, or …

Did Jack Welch Break Capitalism?

June 1st, 2022

46:29

The legendary GE CEO wowed investors and mingled with celebrities. But New York Times correspondent David Gelles says Welch's aggressive tactics also caused irreparable harm to American industry. His book is The Man Who …

David Sedaris Returns

May 31st, 2022

46:05

"My father was not a good person, but he was a great character," Sedaris says. The humorist writes about his efforts to make peace with his memories of his late father in Happy-Go-Lucky.

Also, Ken Tucker reviews Kendrick …

Country Star Tim McGraw

May 30th, 2022

45:13

Country music singers McGraw and Faith Hill star in the Paramount+ series 1883. The show tells the story of a group of Eastern European immigrants trying to make their way in covered wagons from Texas to Oregon. Before …

Best Of: Comic Sarah Silverman / Poet Diana Goetsch

May 28th, 2022

48:36

As a kid, Sarah Silverman says, the fact that she wet the bed was her "deepest, darkest shame." Decades later, she wrote about the humiliation in her 2010 memoir The Bedwetter — now adapted into a musical. The comic …

Angela Lansbury

May 27th, 2022

46:23

In June, Lansbury will receive the Tony Award for lifetime achievement. The Murder, She Wrote star previously won Tonys for her performances in Gypsy and Sweeney Todd. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2000.

Also, David …

How A Disinformation & Harassment Expert Became A Target

May 26th, 2022

43:53

Nina Jankowicz was tapped to head the Biden administration's new Disinformation Governance Board but resigned after being deluged with online threats. Her new book is How to Be a Woman Online.

Diana Goetsch's Long Journey To Living As A Woman

May 25th, 2022

45:41

Diana Goetsch grew up in a time when she didn't have the language to help her understand what it meant to be trans. The poet chronicles her later-in-life transition in the memoir This Body I Wore. "I felt that the …

Comic Sarah Silverman

May 24th, 2022

44:07

As a kid, Silverman says, the fact that she wet the bed was her "deepest, darkest shame." Decades later, she wrote about the humiliation in her 2010 memoir The Bedwetter — now adapted into a musical. The comic talks …

Novelist Emma Straub

May 23rd, 2022

46:14

Straub's new novel, This Time Tomorrow, is a time-travel fantasy about a 40-year-old woman who's tending to her ailing father — until, that is, the …

Best Of: George Floyd's Life / The Queer History Of A Women's Prison

May 21st, 2022

48:01

We remember George Floyd as we approach the second anniversary of his murder. We'll speak with Washington Post reporters Robert Samuels and Toluse …

George Carlin

May 20th, 2022

46:14

Carlin was one of the most famous comics to emerge from the '60s counterculture. After it was broadcast on radio, his comic monologue Seven Dirty …

Political Discord In The White Evangelical Church

May 19th, 2022

44:54

New York Times journalist Ruth Graham says many pastors are being pressured to resist vaccines and mask mandates, embrace Trump's claims about election fraud and adopt QANON-based conspiracy theories.

Maureen Corrigan …

How Systemic Racism Shaped George Floyd's Life

May 18th, 2022

45:19

As we approach the second anniversary of the murder of George Floyd, two journalists report on the life of the man whose death sparked a massive protest movement and a national conversation about race. Washington Post

Frank Bruni On Vision Lost & Found

May 17th, 2022

45:29

After experiencing a rare kind of stroke, NYT writer Frank Bruni suddenly became blind in his right eye. Doctors told him there was a decent chance …

The Queer History Of The Women's House Of Detention

May 16th, 2022

45:22

In New York City, in the 20th century, tens of thousands of women and transmasculine people were incarcerated at the so-called "House of D." Author …

Best Of: Rosie Perez / Stephen Merchant

May 14th, 2022

48:32

Rosie Perez was a dancer on Soul Train, the choreographer for "the Fly Girls," the dancers on the sketch comedy show In Living Color, and she did the …

Met Opera Star Anthony Roth Costanzo

May 13th, 2022

46:23

A decade ago, Costanzo had surgery that threatened to destroy his singing voice. Now he stars as a gender-fluid Egyptian pharaoh in the Met Opera's production of Philip Glass' Akhnaten. He's a countertenor, meaning he …

How Tucker Carlson Conquered Cable

May 12th, 2022

45:48

The New York Times did an exhaustive survey of the Fox News hosts' broadcasts. Reporter Nicholas Confessore says Carlson's show is based on ideas …

Former Attorney General Eric Holder

May 11th, 2022

46:15

Holder was America's first Black attorney general when he served in the Obama administration. He has a new book called Our Unfinished March: The …

British Comedy Writer & Actor Stephen Merchant

May 10th, 2022

45:18

Merchant co-created the British Office and Extras with Ricky Gervais. His new show, The Outlaws, is about people court-ordered to do community service for low-level crimes. He spoke with producer Sam Briger about what …

Rosie Perez

May 9th, 2022

46:06

Raised in a convent for abandoned kids, The Flight Attendant co-star used to dream of stability and a loving home. Now that she has it, Perez says, "It's priceless." We talk with Perez about overcoming the trauma of her …

Best Of: Alexander Skarsgård / Comedy Writer Jessi Klein

May 7th, 2022

48:44

Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård describes himself as "quite a mellow guy." Playing a Viking warrior in the film The Northman gave Skarsgård a chance to tap into his animalistic nature. We talk about being a child …

'Better Things' Star Pamela Adlon

May 6th, 2022

45:25

Adlon is the co-creator, director and star of the FX comedy series Better Things, which ended its fifth and final season last month. The Peabody award-winning series has been heralded as a "masterpiece of unreal …

How The UK Became A Safe-Deposit Box For Russian Oligarchs

May 5th, 2022

44:29

We talk with journalist Oliver Bullough about how Russian oligarchs have stashed their wealth and laundered their money in Britain, and how that's …

Alexander Skarsgård

May 4th, 2022

45:14

The Swedish actor describes himself as "quite a mellow guy." Playing a Viking warrior in the film The Northman gave Skarsgård a chance to tap into his animalistic nature. We talk about being a child actor in Sweden, …

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