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
6 min

HBO's 'Lovecraft Country' Puts A Bold New Spin On The Works Of A Horror Legend

A new 10-part drama upends the stories of H.P. Lovecraft, presenting a narrative in which the heroes are Black, the setting is the racially divided 1950s, and each episode seems to have its own tone.
37 min

Sister Helen Prejean On Witnessing Executions: 'I Couldn't Let Them Die Alone'

The Catholic nun became an opponent of the death penalty following the events in her book Dead Man Walking. She details her spiritual journey in River of Fire. Originally broadcast Aug. 12, 2019.
35 min

Emmy-Nominated 'Watchmen' Writer Explores Generational Trauma And Racism

The HBO show uses sci-fi and superheroes to examine American racism. Cord Jefferson wrote the episode in which the main character goes back in time and to relive the trauma of the 1921 Tulsa Massacre.
5 min

Linguist Geoff Nunberg, Who Explored Our Ever-Changing Language, Dies At 75

Nunberg became a contributor to Fresh Air in 1987. He wasn't interested in scolding people for not following the rules; he wanted to explore how language changes over time. He died Tuesday at 75.
36 min

Black Power Scholar Illustrates How MLK And Malcolm X Influenced Each Other

Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X are frequently seen as opposing forces in the struggle for civil rights but Peniel Joseph, author of The Sword and the Shield, says the truth is more nuanced.
6 min

'Boys State' Helps Teens Learn How Politics Work — Perhaps A Little Too Well

A new documentary follows 2018's Texas Boys State, a week-long summer experiment in which teens form their own representative democracy. The mock election highlights flaws of the real-life system.
6 min

'Star Trek: Lower Decks' Sketches Out Life In The Bottom Berths Of The Starship

A new CBS All Access cartoon focuses on the ensigns who populate the ship's lower decks — and are charged with mostly menial tasks, like fetching drinks or repairing food replicators.
37 min

Veteran GOP Strategist Takes On Trump — And His Party — In 'It Was All A Lie'

Political consultant Stuart Stevens says the Republican Party's support for Trump reflects the abandonment of principles it claimed to embrace, such as fiscal restraint and personal responsibility.