Fresh Air
Fresh Air

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.

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Fresh Air Weekend: Clarence Thomas' path to the SCOTUS; Understanding allergies

Filmmaker Michael Kirk examines the "ambition and revenge" driving Thomas. Kevin Whitehead reviews Arturo O'Farrill's Legacies. Theresa MacPhail explores rising allergy rates in her book Allergic.

A novelist's time in the MMA cage informed his book on memory loss and identity

John Vercher trained in mixed martial arts as a young man. His novel, After the Lights Go Out, centers on a veteran MMA fighter who struggles to remember things. Originally broadcast June 28, 2022.

Little Richard Documentary celebrates the talent — and mystery — of a legend

A new PBS American Masters documentary showcases the influence of Little Richard, a dynamo performer who never let himself be defined for long by any one musical category or sexual identity.

Poet Kwame Alexander reflects on 'Why Fathers Cry at Night'

"I'm not a grown man — I'm a growing man," Alexander says. His new memoir started as a book of love poems, but ended up being a collection of essays and poems about love, divorce and raising children.

FRONTLINE traces the 'ambition and revenge' driving SCOTUS Justice Clarence Thomas

As controversy swirls around the benefits Thomas and his wife Ginni received from a conservative billionaire, filmmaker Michael Kirk examines the couple's path to power in a new PBS documentary.

Why our allergies are getting worse —and what to do about it

From excessive hygiene to low-fiber diets, author Theresa MacPhail explores the deep-rooted causes of rising allergy rates in her new book Allergic.

Grammy-winning jazz singer Samara Joy joins for concert and conversation

In this March 2023 interview, Joy spoke about coming from a family of gospel singers. In February, she became the second jazz performer in Grammy history to win the award for best new artist.

Fresh Air Weekend: Julia Louis-Dreyfus; Wanda Sykes

Louis-Dreyfus recalls the first laugh she got — and the ER trip that followed. David Bianculli reviews Becoming Mary Tyler Moore. Sykes' new Netflix special is I'm an Entertainer.