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
44 min

'Camera Man' unspools the colorful life of silent film star Buster Keaton

By age 5, Keaton was a star in his family's vaudeville act; he went on to star in and direct silent films, performing jaw-dropping stunts. Slate film critic Dana Stevens profiles Keaton in a new book.
48 min

Fresh Air Weekend: Benedict Cumberbatch; 'Succession' actor Brian Cox

Cumberbatch digs into toxic masculinity in The Power of the Dog. Maureen Corrigan reviews To Paradise, by Hanya Yanagihara. Cox says he can't defend his Succession character, but he can relate to him.
7 min

The collision of old and new money is on glitzy display in HBO's 'Gilded Age'

Set in New York City the early 1880s, this ten-part costume drama is basically an American Downtown Abbey, complete with rich and poor, power brokers and household workers.
16 min

Remembering Ronnie Spector, lead singer of the Ronettes

Spector, who died Jan. 12, was part of the 1960s girl group that gave us "Be My Baby." She left the music business for some years but returned to recording in the 1970s. Originally broadcast in 1988.
20 min

Remembering André Leon Talley, a titan of the fashion world

The former creative director at Vogue magazine and larger-than-life fashion influencer died Jan. 18. Talley spoke to Fresh Air in 2018 about growing up in Durham, N.C., and discovering fashion.
36 min

This Marine-turned-journalist interviewed the Taliban commander he had fought against

Thomas Gibbons-Neff served two tours in Afghanistan, and is now a New York Times reporter. He recently interviewed a high-level Taliban commander about a battle they had both been engaged in.
43 min

Benedict Cumberbatch digs into toxic masculinity in 'The Power of the Dog'

The British actor says the American West is "about as far from my lived experience as you can imagine." Cumberbatch got into his role for The Power of the Dog by spending time with real ranchers.
38 min

'Succession' actor Brian Cox can't defend Logan Roy, but he can relate to him

Cox says the ruthless business tycoon he plays HBO's Succession is one of the most extraordinary roles he's ever taken: "He is a misanthrope [who] is very disappointed with the human experiment."