NPR Celebrates 25 Years of Fresh Air with Terry Gross : NPR ExtraIn honor of Fresh Air's 25th anniversary as a national program, we've compiled a slideshow of some exciting moments from the show's history.
Terry Gross in 1987 as Fresh Air begins national distribution on NPR.
Photo by Sal DiMarco, Jr.
Terry and actor Joe Piscopo, Fresh Air's first guest as a nationally broadcasted program.
Terry Gross and Fresh Air staff celebrating its first anniversary as a national program in 1988.
Terry and A Prairie Home Companion's Garrison Keillor in the late 1980s.
Terry and tapes of Fresh Air broadcasts in 1989.
Photo by Sal DiMarco, Jr.
Terry Gross in the early 1990s.
Terry Gross, early 1990s.
Terry Gross with actor John Cullum (Northern Exposure) at a public radio conference event in Seattle, 1992.
Kevin Spacey visits Fresh Air.
Terry visiting KPBS in San Diego, CA, in 1991.
Photo by Ken Howard
Terry interviewing Rosalynn Carter. Carter's 1994 book, Helping Yourself Help Others: A Book for Caregivers, is on the table between the two women.
Terry Gross in the studio, 1994.
NBA star Charles Barkley visits Fresh Air in 2002.
Terry Gross with Stephen Colbert before her appearance on his show in January 2012.
Photo by Melody Kramer, NPR's Fresh Air
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Today marks the 25th year that Fresh Air has been heard by audiences nationwide. The Peabody Award-winning interview program, which came on air to the greater Philadelphia area in 1975, has been showered with positive reviews over the years from national and local media across the country. And for the greater part of its history, Fresh Air has been defined by the voice of its Host and Executive Producer Terry Gross. After winning the 2003 Edward R. Murrow Award for 25 years of promoting and strengthening public radio, the Philadelphia Inquirer said of Terry:
"Here's the life-centric bonus: Gross celebrates the art of conversation. There's a cacophony of white noise in the world today that drowns out the pleasure of listening to plain old, good talkin'. For that, she deserves more than her award. She deserves our ear."
Its her unique ability to facilitate honest, compelling conversation with many noted "Boo Radleys" of our time and her earnest interest in letting interviewees tell their stories that has established both Terry and Fresh Air as singular in the category of interview-based programs, an accolade which it continues to receive today. In an interview just this week, the creator and star of HBO's new series Girls, Lena Dunham, responded to a recent backlash against the show in an interview with Terry.
In honor of is this landmark day for Fresh Air, we've compiled a slideshow of some exciting moments from the show's history. Tune in to Fresh Air on your local station today for a special 25th Anniversary show featuring highlights from exclusive Fresh Air performances and chats recorded since 1987.
Congratulations Fresh Air! And thank you Terry and WHYY for bringing us one of public radio's most beloved programs for the past 25 years and the many more to come.