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.

Airs on:
MON-FRI 7pm-8pm
43 min

Osama Bin Laden Biography Goes Inside Al-Qaida Leader's Final Hideout

Journalist Peter Bergen visited bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, before it was demolished. His new book, The Rise and Fall of Osama bin Laden, draws on materials seized in the raid.
41 min

Finishing 'Sunday In The Park': Behind-The-Scenes Stories Of Working With Sondheim

James Lapine worked with Stephen Sondheim on Sunday in the Park with George, Into the Woods and Passion. In Putting it Together, he draws on interviews with Sondheim and members of the cast and crew.
35 min

Tina Turner Musical Writer Takes On The 'Black Superwoman Myth'

Katori Hall didn't want to gloss over Turner's life in the Tony-nominated musical Tina. Instead, she says, it was important to be "brutally honest" about the pain and trauma Turner has survived.
7 min

'Afterparties' Is A Bittersweet Triumph For A Fresh Voice Silenced Too Soon

Anthony Veasna So's posthumously published short story collection offers a smart, compassionate take on the push-pull of growing up first-generation Cambodian American.
46 min

Fresh Air Weekend: Dr. Leana Wen On COVID-19; Jad Abumrad

Dr. Leana Wen discusses COVID-19 protocols and public health policy. Radiolab creator Jad Abumrad has a new podcast miniseries, The Vanishing of Harry Pace. Maureen Corrigan reviews the novel Wayward.
12 min

Listen Back To A 1993 Interview With The Late Civil Rights Pioneer Bob Moses

In the 1960s, Moses led efforts to organize and register Black residents to vote in Mississippi and brought national attention to the state's entrenched white supremacy. Moses died Sunday at age 86.
7 min

COVID Era Produces A New Crop Of Solo Records From Jazz Instrumentalists

J.D. Allen's Queen City and Jon Irabagon's Bird With Streams are two very different new albums by outstanding tenor saxophonists.
5 min

1963 Novel 'The Stone Face' Has New Edition — And It Couldn't Be More Timely

William Gardner Smith wrote the story of a Black writer who, like Smith himself, moved to Paris to pursue a freedom he couldn't find in America. New York Review Books is releasing a new edition.