Hosted by Terry Gross, Fresh Air from WHYY is the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues. One of public radio's most popular programs, Fresh Air features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.
Novelist Sigrid Nunez On Climate Change, Mortality And Life In A Pandemic
Nunez's latest novel, What Are You Going Through, is about facing the possible death of our planet from climate change — while also dealing with our mortality as individuals.
CD Set Of Leontyne Price's Live Performances At The Met Opera Is A Treasure
Price, now 93, was the first African American soprano to have a major career at the Metropolitan Opera. Critics and fans agreed that she had one of the most beautiful singing voices they'd ever heard.
'The Queen's Gambit' Centers On The Kind Of Chess Prodigy We Seldom See
A brilliant young woman crashes the traditionally male world of chess in Netflix's seven-part miniseries based on Walter Tevis' addictive novel.
Latin Jazz Album 'El Duelo' Features Lively Solos And Moments Of Surprising Beauty
For 30 years, trumpet and flugelhorn player Diego Urcola has toured and recorded with Cuba-born saxophonist Paquito D'Rivera. For his own new album, Urcola hired his boss as featured sideman.
Unfettered Free Speech Is A Threat To Democracy, Journalist Says
New York Times Magazine writer Emily Bazelon says false content moves through the Internet unchecked — undermining the political process along the way: "Lies often go viral faster than truth."
John Brown And Abraham Lincoln: Divergent Paths In The Fight To End Slavery
In The Zealot and the Emancipator, historian H.W. Brands reflects on two 19th century leaders who fought the institution of slavery in different ways: one radical and the other reformist.
This Sumptuous Retelling Of 'Martin Eden' Stays True To Jack London's Novel
An uneducated sailor falls in love and finds fame as a writer — only to become disillusioned by his own success. It's an intensely political work, which London wrote as a rejection of individualism.
Fresh Air Weekend: 2 Broadway Stars Grapple With COVID And ALS; 'Nice White Parents'
Married Broadway stars Danny Burstein and Rebecca Luker both contracted COVID in the spring. John Powers reviews David Byrne's American Utopia. Chana Joffe-Walt talks about her new Serial podcast.