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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MON-FRI 7pm-8pm
26 min

'Fresh Air' Remembers George Wein, Founder Of The Newport Jazz Festival

The pioneering music impresario, who created the Newport Jazz Festival in 1954 and the Newport Folk Festival in 1959, died Sept. 13. Originally broadcast in 2003.
26 min

From 'Designing Women' To 'Hacks', Jean Smart's Career Is Still Going Strong

Smart is nominated for Emmy Awards for her performances Hacks, about a veteran comic working with a Gen-Z comedy writer, and the crime drama Mare Of Easttown. Originally broadcast May 2021.
42 min

'Storm Lake' Documentary Depicts The Triumph And Struggle Of A Local Newspaper

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Art Cullen discusses the battle to keep print news alive in small-town America. Cullen runs Iowa's Storm Lake Times, along with his brother, the paper's publisher.
6 min

'Blue Bayou' Devastates With A Story Of A Stepfather Facing Deportation

A Korean American man faces deportation because his adoption in the 1980s was never finalized. Blue Bayou may be heavy handed, but it tells a fundamental truth about our flawed immigration system.
36 min

Colson Whitehead Returns To His Home Turf With 'Harlem Shuffle'

Whitehead says his latest novel was inspired by his love of heist movies. The story centers on a furniture store owner who has a side hustle trafficking in stolen goods.
7 min

Saxophonist Joel Frahm Proves Himself A Master Storyteller On 'The Bright Side'

Frahm has a brawny tenor sax sound, strong and consistent from top to bottom. His new trio album shows off his ability to use pacing and momentum to tell a compelling story.
37 min

Monkey Thieves, Drunk Elephants — Mary Roach Reveals A Weird World Of Animal 'Crime'

Roach researched animal misbehaviors for her new book, Fuzz. Though animals are all but charged with crimes when they run afoul of human values, she learns, they often have the last laugh.
37 min

Banjo Player Béla Fleck Returns To His Bluegrass Roots On A New Album

Perhaps the most famous banjo player in the world, Fleck dedicates his new album, My Bluegrass Heart, to his late musical heroes, Tony Rice and Chick Corea.