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.
Fresh Air
NPR

Fresh Air

From NPR

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.More from Fresh Air »

Most Recent Episodes

Best Of: Rachel Maddow On Spiro Agnew's Bribery Scandal / John C. Reilly

Richard Nixon's first vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned in 1973 amidst charges of bribery and tax evasion. Now, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and producer Mike Yarvitz revisit the Agnew scandal in the hit podcast 'Bag Man.' "The parallels with what was going on in the Nixon and Agnew administration 45 years ago to the efforts by the Trump administration right now ... is uncanny," Maddow says.

Justin Chang reviews 'Glass,' a film by M. Night Shyamalan.

By his own count, John C. Reilly has acted in almost 80 movies, including 'Boogie Nights,' 'Chicago,' 'Talladega Nights' and 'Walk Hard.' Now, he's co-starring with Steve Coogan as half of the iconic comedy duo Laurel and Hardy in 'Stan & Ollie.' Reilly talks about the extreme prosthetic makeup and bodysuit he wore for the role, physical comedy, and bonding with Joaquin Phoenix while filming 'The Sisters Brothers.'

Best Of: Rachel Maddow On Spiro Agnew's Bribery Scandal / John C. Reilly

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/686211825/686216430" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge Ph.D.

Growing up in rural Idaho, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. Her deeply religious parents stockpiled food and weapons for a government invasion or the end of the world. In her memoir, 'Educated,' Westover writes about how she defied her parents, and made her way to college and graduate school.

Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Glass' directed by M. Night Shyamalan.

From Survivalist Childhood To Cambridge Ph.D.

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/686313932/686659091" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

'Kennedy Vs. Carter & The Fight That Broke The Democratic Party'

Journalist Jon Ward talks about the chaos that led Ted Kennedy to challenge Jimmy Carter for the Democratic nomination in 1980 — and the long-lasting damage it did to the party. Ward's new book is 'Camelot's End.'

Also, critic John Powers reviews 'Brexit,' an HBO movie starring Benedict Cumberbatch.

'Kennedy Vs. Carter & The Fight That Broke The Democratic Party'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/686217450/686299437" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

How America Became A Nation Of Immigrants

For many years, U.S. immigration favored immigrants from ​​northern Europe. NPR correspondent Tom Gjelten explains how a 1965 law changed things — and led to the current debate about border security. His book is 'A Nation of Nations.'

Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two new interpretations of Thelonious Monk's complete works.

How America Became A Nation Of Immigrants

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/685846002/685940081" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

John C. Reilly

By his own count, Reilly has acted in almost 80 movies, including 'Boogie Nights,' 'Chicago,' 'Talladega Nights' and 'Walk Hard.' Now, he's co-starring with Steve Coogan as half of the iconic comedy duo Laurel and Hardy in 'Stan & Ollie.' Reilly talks about the extreme prosthetic makeup and bodysuit he wore for the role, physical comedy, and bonding with Joaquin Phoenix while filming 'The Sisters Brothers.'

Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Ghost Wall,' a slim and eerie novel by Sarah Moss.

John C. Reilly

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/685610471/685615145" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Notes From A Transplant Surgeon

Dr. Joshua Mezrich has performed hundreds of kidney, liver and pancreas transplants. He tells us about transplants that have gone gone wrong, talking to the families of donors, and how the definition of death has changed over time. His new book of stories from the operating room is 'When Death Becomes Life.'

Also, Lloyd Schwartz reviews a new recording of 'Doctor Atomic,' an opera about the first atomic bomb test in New Mexico.

Notes From A Transplant Surgeon

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/685167903/685216468" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Best Of: Kevin Hart / Ben Stiller

Kevin Hart said he's "over" talking about the homophobic jokes that cost him the Oscars gig — but then he and Terry Gross talked about it anyway. "The bad part about being a comedian is that sometimes you just aren't funny," he says. "Sometimes to grow as a comedian you got to go through the stupid part."

Ben Stiller directed the Showtime series 'Escape at Dannemora,' which dramatizes the true story of two murderers' escape from a maximum security prison in 2015. "It seemed like such an old-fashioned sort of escape, and I thought, 'Wow, how can that happen in today's prison system?'" he says.

Best Of: Kevin Hart / Ben Stiller

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/684503878/684618986" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

'The Sopranos' - 20th Anniversary Show

Critic David Bianculli offers an appreciation of the influential HBO drama. Plus, we listen back to archival interviews with series creator David Chase and Edie Falco, who played Carmela Soprano.

Also, contributor Soraya Nadia McDonald reviews the new season of True Detective, starring Mahershala Ali.

'The Sopranos' - 20th Anniversary Show

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/684503428/684535555" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart said he's "over" talking about the homophobic jokes that cost him the Oscars gig — but then he and Terry Gross talked about it anyway. They discussed his upbringing in North Philly, how comedy is changing, and the fine line between edgy and offensive material. "The bad part about being a comedian is that sometimes you just aren't funny," he says. "Sometimes to grow as a comedian you got to go through the stupid part." Hart's new movie is 'The Upside.'

Kevin Hart

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/684447351/684448398" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Rachel Maddow Investigates Spiro Agnew's Bribery Scandal

Richard Nixon's first vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned in 1973 amidst charges of bribery and tax evasion. Now, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and producer Mike Yarvitz revisit the Agnew scandal in the hit podcast 'Bag Man.' "The parallels with what was going on in the Nixon and Agnew administration 45 years ago to the efforts by the Trump administration right now ... is uncanny," Maddow says.

Rachel Maddow Investigates Spiro Agnew's Bribery Scandal

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/683601904/683724671" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
Back To Top
or search npr.org