Fresh Air

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.


The Militarization Of Police

Jul 1, 2020
48 min
Journalist Radley Balko, author of 'Rise Of The Warrior Cop,' says police departments across America are increasingly using equipment designed for use on a battlefield, including tanks, bayonets and grenades. We talk about the use of these weapons...
Jul 1, 2020 • 48 MIN

A Doctor Confronts Medical Error

Jun 30, 2020
48 min
When Dr. Danielle Ofri was in medical school she missed a patient's critical brain bleed. Luckily, someone else caught the error and the patient survived, but Ofri lived with the guilt and shame for 20 years. Medical errors are very common, yet many...
Jun 30, 2020 • 48 MIN

'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda

Jun 29, 2020
50 min
A film of the original Broadway production of 'Hamilton,' taped in 2016, begins streaming on Disney+ on July 3. Miranda, who stars in the title role, says the production is as timely as ever. "When you write a musical that brushes against the...
Jun 29, 2020 • 50 MIN

Best Of: A Call For Reparations / Treating PTSD With Psychedelics

Jun 27, 2020
51 min
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says 250 yeas of slavery and 100 years of legalized segregation robbed Black Americans of the ability to accumulate wealth. Cash payments would help repair the damage. Her latest piece in the...
Jun 27, 2020 • 51 MIN

LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones / Novelist Marijane Meaker

Jun 26, 2020
49 min
After the AIDS epidemic hit San Francisco, gay activist Cleve Jones co-founded the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and started the AIDS Memorial Quilt. "I have these memories of great struggle and great pain and great loss, but I also in my lifetime...
Jun 26, 2020 • 49 MIN

Actor Christine Baranski

Jun 25, 2020
47 min
Baranski started her career in theater and now stars as a progressive lawyer in 'The Good Fight.' "I was a passionate acting student and nothing was going to stop me," the Emmy Award-winning actor says. She talks about singing Sondheim, 'Mamma Mia,'...
Jun 25, 2020 • 47 MIN

A Call For Reparations: Nikole Hannah-Jones On The Wealth Gap

Jun 24, 2020
47 min
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says 250 yeas of slavery and 100 years of legalized segregation robbed Black Americans of the ability to accumulate wealth. Cash payments would help repair the damage. Her latest piece in the...
Jun 24, 2020 • 47 MIN

From 'Empty' To Satisfied: A Lifelong Struggle With Eating Disorders

Jun 23, 2020
49 min
For nearly 30 years, 'This American Life' producer Susan Burton kept her binge eating disorder a secret. "As long as I was bingeing, I didn't have to think. I didn't have to think about any loss or pain or wanting or yearning." Burton also had...
Jun 23, 2020 • 49 MIN

Treating PTSD With Psychedelics

Jun 22, 2020
47 min
Psychiatrist Dr. Julie Holland has used psychedelic-assisted therapy to treat patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. In some cases, she says, MDMA or marijuana can help make treatment more efficient and effective. She discusses this...
Jun 22, 2020 • 47 MIN

Best Of: The 1919 Chicago Race Riots / Parenting 'Without Perfection'

Jun 20, 2020
51 min
Eve Ewing's poetry collection '1919' looks back on a century-old riot in Chicago, set off after Eugene Williams, a black teen, drowned because he was stoned by white people on the beach. Police refused to make an arrest. Ewing connects the systemic...
Jun 20, 2020 • 51 MIN

Rhiannon Giddens Sings Slave Narratives / Freedom Singer Bernice Johnson Reagon

Jun 19, 2020
49 min
Singer and banjo player Rhiannon Giddens' 2017 album 'Freedom Highway' includes songs based on slave narratives. She notes that the modern banjo draws from the African instrument known as the akonting, which is made from a gourd. "In the first 100...
Jun 19, 2020 • 49 MIN

Kristen Howerton On 'Parenting Without Perfection'

Jun 18, 2020
47 min
Blogger and licensed family therapist Kristen Howerton talks about how raising two white biological daughters and two black adopted sons helped her understand white privilege. She reflects on motherhood, miscarriage, divorce and faith. Her new...
Jun 18, 2020 • 47 MIN

Assessing COVID-19 Risk As The U.S. Reopens

Jun 17, 2020
48 min
With certain states loosening restrictions — and others partially in lockdown — there's a lot of widespread confusion about COVID-19 risks. We talk with University of Minnesota epidemiologist Michael Osterholm about the safety concerns in terms of...
Jun 17, 2020 • 48 MIN

The Lasting Effects Of Having — Or Being Denied — An Abortion

Jun 16, 2020
48 min
Dr. Diana Greene Foster interviewed 1,000 women over 10 years who either had or were denied abortions. Her study looked at the women's mental, physical and economic health. Foster says the data reveal, "95 percent of women who receive an abortion...
Jun 16, 2020 • 48 MIN

Poet Eve Ewing Connects 1919 Chicago Riots To Today

Jun 15, 2020
49 min
Ewing's poetry collection '1919' looks back on a century-old riot in Chicago, set off after a black teen drowned while being stoned by white people. Police refused to make an arrest. Ewing connects the systemic racism that plagued the U.S. then to...
Jun 15, 2020 • 49 MIN

Best Of: Jamiles Lartey On Racism In Policing / Pete Davidson & Judd Apatow

Jun 13, 2020
49 min
Journalist Jamiles Lartey ​writes about criminal justice, race and policing for the non-profit news organization 'The Marshall Project.' ​Terry Gross spoke with Lartey about systemic racism in American policing and how we might begin to rethink...
Jun 13, 2020 • 49 MIN

James Baldwin / Filmmaker Raoul Peck / Black Athletes & Social Justice

Jun 12, 2020
49 min
'I Am Not Your Negro' is the documentary about James Baldwin, one of the most influential black writers to emerge during the civil rights Era and address racial issues head on. We listen back to Terry Gross' 1986 interview with Baldwin, and we'll...
Jun 12, 2020 • 49 MIN

Pete Davidson & Judd Apatow On 'The King Of Staten Island'

Jun 11, 2020
47 min
'SNL' castmember Pete Davidson plays a fictionalized version of himself in the new movie 'The King of Staten Island.' The film draws on Davidson's real life experience of losing his own father, a 9/11 First Responder. Filmmaker Judd Apatow and...
Jun 11, 2020 • 47 MIN

Rethinking American Policing

Jun 10, 2020
47 min
We talk with ​journalist ​Jamiles Lartey about systemic racism in American policing​. ​He writes about criminal justice, race and policing for the non-profit news organization 'The Marshall Project.' ​"Policing wasn't always this way. It wasn't...
Jun 10, 2020 • 47 MIN

The Trump Administration's Response To DC Protests

Jun 9, 2020
48 min
'Washington Post' reporter Matt Zapotosky talks about Attorney General William Barr's role in the Trump administration's forceful response to the largely peaceful George Floyd protests in Washington, DC.
Jun 9, 2020 • 48 MIN

The Brutal History Of The Texas Rangers

Jun 8, 2020
49 min
Their exploits are portrayed in countless movies and TV shows, but author Doug Swanson says the law enforcement agency has a dark history of abuse and officially-sanctioned racial oppression — including burning villages, hunting runaway slaves and...
Jun 8, 2020 • 49 MIN

Best Of: The 'New Science' Of Breathing / The Migration Of All Living Things

Jun 6, 2020
50 min
Humans typically take about 25,000 breaths per day — often without a second thought. We talk with journalist James Nestor about how breath work can affect your overall health. His book is 'Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art.'Jazz critic Kevin...
Jun 6, 2020 • 50 MIN

The 'Unresolved Legacy' Of Reconstruction

Jun 5, 2020
48 min
In the period after the Civil War, former slaves were made promises of equality and citizenship by the federal government. Historian Eric Foner analyzes the fate of those promises and how the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments relate to current issues...
Jun 5, 2020 • 48 MIN

Why GOP Leaders Back Trump's 'Proto-Authoritarian Cult'

Jun 4, 2020
47 min
Journalist Anne Applebaum says President Trump's threat to deploy the military on peaceful protestors is straight out of an authoritarian playbook. The 'Atlantic' staff writer says Trump has built a proto-authoritarian cult in the White House, with...
Jun 4, 2020 • 47 MIN

Wes Moore On Freddie Gray & George Floyd: It's Time To 'Change The Systems'

Jun 3, 2020
48 min
In his book 'Five Days,' author Wes Moore chronicles the uprising that occurred in 2015 in Baltimore following Freddie Gray's death. "We're basically reliving history right now," he says of George Floyd's death at the hands of police. Moore talks...
Jun 3, 2020 • 48 MIN

Rethinking The Migration Of All Living Things

Jun 2, 2020
47 min
When living things cross into new territory, they are often viewed as threats. But science writer Sonia Shah, who has written a new book — 'The Next Great Migration' — says the "invaders" are just following biology. Shah talks about the migration of...
Jun 2, 2020 • 47 MIN

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams On George Floyd Protests & Police Reform

Jun 1, 2020
48 min
At 15, Eric Adams was beaten by police. The traumatizing incident inspired him to become a police officer to help reform NYC policing from the inside. He co-founded 100 Blacks In Law Enforcement Who Care, and after 22 years on the force, he retired...
Jun 1, 2020 • 48 MIN

Best Of: Comic Hannah Gadsby / Inside The Snowden Story

May 30, 2020
50 min
Since her explosive 2018 Netflix special, 'Nanette,' comic Hannah Gadsby has been trying to adjust to her newfound success. We talk about being diagnosed with autism and growing up in Tasmania. Her new special is 'Douglas.'Also, book critic Maureen...
May 30, 2020 • 50 MIN

Margo Price / Remembering AIDS Activist Larry Kramer

May 29, 2020
48 min
Nashville singer-songwriter Margo Price spoke with 'Fresh Air' in 2017 when her album 'All American Made' was released. She plays songs off her two records, and talks about the heartache and beauty of growing up on a farm in a small town in...
May 29, 2020 • 48 MIN

Inside New York's Citywide Effort To Bury Its Dead

May 28, 2020
47 min
In just a two month period, New York City had 20,000 COVID deaths. What happens to the bodies? 'TIME' reporter W.J. Hennigan visited the disaster morgues set up around the city, and spoke with the death care workers on the front lines. "The scale of...
May 28, 2020 • 47 MIN