Fresh Air on WEKU

Weekdays 3-4PM
Terry Gross

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.

Fresh Air is produced at WHYY-FM in Philadelphia and broadcast nationally by NPR.

Genre: 
Composer ID: 
5102dd06e1c8ff994aa73fb1|5102dce9e1c8ff994aa73f86

Pages

2:52pm

Mon May 11, 2015
Space

The Great 'Beyond': Contemplating Life, Sex And Elevators In Space

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 4:53 pm

Astronomer Chris Impey examines the possibilities of the universe in his new book Beyond. "I like the idea that the universe — the boundless possibility of 20 billion habitable worlds — has led to things that we can barely imagine," he says. In the 1970s, NASA Ames conducted several space colony studies, commissioning renderings of the giant spacecraft which could house entire cities.
Rick Guidice NASA Ames Research Center

The possibility of humans colonizing outer space may seem like the stuff of science fiction, but British astronomer Chris Impey says that if the U.S. were pumping more money into the space program, the sci-fi fantasy would be well on its way to reality.

Read more

2:08pm

Mon May 11, 2015
Movie Reviews

An Indian Coming-Of-Age Trilogy, Restored To Its 'True Splendor'

Originally published on Tue May 12, 2015 10:42 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

Read more

11:06am

Sat May 9, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Inside 'Mad Men'; British Pulp Fiction; Youth Sports

Originally published on Mon May 11, 2015 2:09 pm

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) faces personal and professional upheaval in the final season of Mad Men.
Justina Mintz AMC

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:

Read more

1:56pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Movie Reviews

Schwarzenegger Meets Zombies In A Haunting, Slow-Paced New Film

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

Read more

1:56pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Interviews

'Fresh Air' Remembers Mystery Novelist Ruth Rendell

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

We're remembering British mystery writer Ruth Rendell, who died last Saturday in London at the age of 85. Rendell was interviewed twice by Terry Gross, first in 1989. Terry asked her to describe her best-known character, Reg Wexford.

Read more

1:56pm

Fri May 8, 2015
Interviews

'Fresh Air' Remembers Soul Singer Ben E. King

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm David Bianculli in for Terry Gross.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "STAND BY ME")

Read more

2:32pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Television

'Mad Men' Creator On Don Draper's Losses And The End Of The Road

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 5:08 pm

Don Draper (Jon Hamm) faces personal and professional upheaval in the final season of Mad Men.
Justina Mintz AMC

Editor's note: This conversation discusses plot points from the seventh season of Mad Men.

With just two episodes to go until the AMC series Mad Men wraps for good, Don Draper (Jon Hamm), the series protagonist, seems to have nothing left — no Sterling Cooper ad agency, no apartment, no wife, no lover and no family life.

Read more

2:32pm

Thu May 7, 2015
Book Reviews

Gangsters, Goons And 'Grievous Bodily Harm' In Ted Lewis' London

Originally published on Fri May 8, 2015 5:29 pm

Ted Lewis' gritty storytelling takes readers inside London's seedier quarters.
Soho Press

In his famous essay, "The Simple Art of Murder," Raymond Chandler put down the classic British mystery, making fun of its arcane killings and hokey air of gentility. He preferred the tough American style and praised Dashiell Hammett for, as he put it, taking murder out of the vicar's rose garden and dropping it in the alley where it belonged.

Read more

2:02pm

Wed May 6, 2015
Music Reviews

Cuban Drummer Dafnis Prieto's Crisp Rhythms Are 'Good For Jazz'

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 9:31 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

Read more

2:02pm

Wed May 6, 2015
Television

Meet The Power Couple Behind 'The Good Wife'

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 9:31 am

Julianna Marguiles plays attorney Alicia Florrick in the CBS drama The Good Wife.
CBS

The CBS drama series The Good Wife explores the behind-closed-doors drama of a smart female lawyer who stands by, silently supportive, as her husband admits to scandals both political and extramarital. Robert and Michelle King, the real-life husband and wife team who created the show, say that when it came to creating the series' main character, it was a question of art imitating life.

Read more

2:02pm

Wed May 6, 2015
Television

The Allure Of Gore: 'Walking Dead' Producer On Zombies And Mean Tweets

Originally published on Thu May 7, 2015 9:31 am

Andrew Lincoln plays Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead.
Frank Ockenfels 3 AMC

The AMC series The Walking Dead, about a band of survivors in a zombie apocalypse, is known for killing off characters without much warning. But while the show's sudden plot twists keep viewers engaged, they can also create explosions of fan grief and rage on social media. Much of the audience's ire has landed on Scott M. Gimple, the series' executive producer and this season's showrunner.

Read more

1:41pm

Tue May 5, 2015
Book Reviews

'One Of Us' Examines The Damaged Inner Terrain Of Norwegian Mass Shooter

Originally published on Wed May 6, 2015 8:08 am

Emily Jan NPR

Columbine; Port Arthur, Australia; The Sikh Temple of Wisconsin; Newtown — the list goes on and on. And, by now, the elements of this type of massacre have become ritualized: usually one, but sometimes more than one, deeply disaffected person, almost always male, who is heavily armed with guns and/or explosives, targets the innocent. In the aftermath, which sometimes includes a trial, the crucial question of "Why?" is never really answered. Instead, most of us are left to wonder how any human being, however twisted, could be capable of such horror.

Read more

1:20pm

Tue May 5, 2015
The Salt

'Tales' Of Pig Intelligence, Factory Farming And Humane Bacon

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 5:59 pm

Author Barry Estabrook says pigs can be taught to play computer games and recognize themselves in a mirror.
W. W. Norton & Company

Journalist Barry Estabrook knows how to enjoy a juicy heritage pork chop. He'll also be the first to tell you what intelligent, sensitive creatures pigs are. "I had no idea how smart they were until I got in the research," Estabrook tells Fresh Air's Dave Davies.

Read more

1:25pm

Mon May 4, 2015
Television

Last Days Of Dave: Paying Homage To Letterman's Weird And Quirky Legacy

Originally published on Tue May 5, 2015 10:20 am

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

Read more

1:25pm

Mon May 4, 2015
Sports

Silence On The Sidelines: An MLB Insider's 'Manifesto' On Youth Sports

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

Read more

11:22am

Sat May 2, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Louis C.K, A Memoirist's 'Struggle', Pokey LaFarge

Louis C.K. remembers getting "really big laughs" during his third try at stand-up. "I was so excited that I had a little foot in the door," C.K. says. He's pictured above in his FX series Louie.
KC Bailey FX

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:

Louis C.K. On Life And Stand-Up: 'I Live In Service For My Kids': The star of the FX series Louie talks about the pain of his first-ever open mic experience and the "massive gift" of taking care of others before himself.

Read more

3:42pm

Fri May 1, 2015
Movie Reviews

Hollywood Offers Up A Bevy Of Superheroes In 'Avengers: Age of Ultron'

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

Read more

3:41pm

Fri May 1, 2015
Music Reviews

Nellie McKay Celebrates The '60s With 'My Weekly Reader'

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

Read more

3:12pm

Fri May 1, 2015
Interviews

Timothy Spall Takes On Painter J.M.W. Turner, A 'Master Of The Sublime'

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVID BIANCULLI, HOST:

Read more

2:37pm

Thu April 30, 2015
Environment

Drought In Calif. Creates Water Wars Between Farmers, Developers, Residents

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross.

(SOUNDBITE OF NEWS MONTAGE)

UNIDENTIFIED REPORTER #1: California going back to the drawing board to deal with their drought.

Read more

2:37pm

Thu April 30, 2015
Music

Two Takes On Billie Holiday

In honor of Billie Holiday's 100th birthday this month, several artists are releasing out Holiday tribute albums. Fresh Air jazz critic Kevin Whitehead looks at a couple of these by other singers. One he rather likes; the other, not so much.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

Read more

3:59pm

Wed April 29, 2015
Book Reviews

3,600-Page Autobiographical Novel Is An Honest And Masterful 'Selfie'

It seems like there's always some writer you're supposed to be reading. These days, it's Karl Ove Knausgaard, the 46-year-old Norwegian whose six-volume, 3,600-page autobiographical novel, My Struggle, has become a literary sensation. Over the past couple of years, I haven't been able to go to a social gathering without someone asking what I thought of his work. When I've said that I hadn't read a word, they would look genuinely startled and tell me, "You have to."

Read more

3:40pm

Wed April 29, 2015
Music

Brooklyn Rider Blurs Classical Boundaries On 'Almanac'

Originally published on Thu April 30, 2015 3:15 pm

Some 30 years ago, the Kronos Quartet created a sensation by releasing an album of chamber music that included an arrangement of Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze." Now Brooklyn Rider, another gifted string quartet, is again blurring the boundaries between classical and more popular kinds of chamber music. Fresh Air classical music critic Lloyd Schwartz says he admires that blur.

Read more

3:40pm

Wed April 29, 2015
Author Interviews

Ohio Kidnapping Survivors Recount Captivity, Escape From Horror

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 4:44 pm

House of horrors: The exterior of the Cleveland house where Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were held captive.
Bill Pugliano Getty Images

On the day before her 17th birthday, in 2003, Amanda Berry disappeared as she made her way home from her job at a Burger King in Cleveland. A year later, another Cleveland teen, 14-year-old Gina DeJesus, vanished while returning from middle school. Searches for both girls came up empty, and as the years passed it seemed less and less likely that either girl would ever be seen again.

In fact, the girls were still in Cleveland. They had been abducted by a man named Ariel Castro, who had kidnapped another young woman, Michelle Knight, in 2002.

Read more

3:21pm

Tue April 28, 2015
Television

Louis C.K. On Life And Stand-Up: 'I Live In Service For My Kids'

Originally published on Wed April 29, 2015 7:01 pm

Louis C.K. remembers getting "really big laughs" during his third try at stand-up. "I was so excited that I had a little foot in the door," C.K. says. He's pictured above in his FX series Louie.
KC Bailey FX

After years working the stand-up circuit, Louis C.K. is well established as a comic powerhouse; his FX series Louie is in its fifth season, and C.K. also has a new comedy special that's available as a digital download on his website. But the laughs didn't always come easily. C.K. was a teenager when he first ventured onstage at a local comedy club's open mic night.

Read more

1:20pm

Mon April 27, 2015
Music

Alabama Shakes Opens New Territory On 'Sound & Color'

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 1:31 pm

Over the course of Sound & Color, Alabama Shakes messes with what had already, after its first album, become its signature sound. Fresh Air rock critic Ken Tucker has this review.

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

Read more

1:20pm

Mon April 27, 2015
Commentary

From TED Talks To Taco Bell, Abuzz With Silicon Valley-Style 'Disruption'

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 5:22 pm

Martin Starr plays software designer Gilfoyle in the HBO comedy Silicon Valley. In the show's new season, Gilfoyle and his fellow techies attend a startup competition named "Disrupt."
Frank Masi HBO

HBO's Silicon Valley is back, with its pitch-perfect renderings of the culture and language of the tech world — like at the opening of the "Disrupt" startup competition run by the Tech Crunch website at the end of last season. "We're making the world a better place through scalable fault-tolerant distributed databases" — the show's writers didn't have to exercise their imagination much to come up with those little arias of geeky self-puffery, or with the name Disrupt, which, as it happens, is what the Tech Crunch conferences are actually called.

Read more

1:19pm

Mon April 27, 2015
Music Interviews

Pokey LaFarge Mines His Midwestern Roots, Finds 'Something In The Water'

Originally published on Mon April 27, 2015 1:31 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

TERRY GROSS, HOST:

Read more

11:14am

Sat April 25, 2015
Fresh Air Weekend

Fresh Air Weekend: Toni Morrison, Ross Macdonald's Crime Fiction, Will Forte

Toni Morrison's novels include Beloved, The Bluest Eye and Song of Solomon. She won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1993.
Timothy Greenfield Sanders

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:

Read more

1:58pm

Fri April 24, 2015
Author Interviews

'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church

Originally published on Thu May 14, 2015 9:49 pm

Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

Transcript

DAVE DAVIES, HOST:

Read more

Pages