Fresh Air

Fresh Air from WHYY, the Peabody Award-winning weekday magazine of contemporary arts and issues, is one of public radio's most popular programs. Hosted by Terry Gross, the show features intimate conversations with today's biggest luminaries.

Janet Mock On 'Pose'

Mock made history as the first trans woman of color to write and direct an episode of TV for her work on Ryan Murphy's FX series 'Pose.' The show centers on the trans and queer ball culture in New York City in the '80s and '90s. Mock talks with Terry Gross about drawing from her own life to write for 'Pose,' growing up in Hawaii, and doing sex work as a young person to save money for reassignment surgery.

Aug 14, 2019 • 00:48:12

The 'Secret History' Of Koch Industries

In his new book, 'Kochland,' journalist Christopher Leonard chronicles how Koch Industries and Charles and David Koch acquired huge businesses, limited their liability and created a political influence network to remake the Republican Party. Leonard says President Trump is a threat to that vision.

Aug 13, 2019 • 00:48:55

Sister Helen Prejean

Prejean is best known for her 1993 memoir, 'Dead Man Walking,' about her role as a spiritual adviser to a convicted killer on death row. The story was adapted into an Oscar-winning film starring Susan Sarandon and Sean Penn. Prejean has accompanied six prisoners to their executions and has been at the forefront of activism against the death penalty. "I read scripture to them. ... All I knew was: I couldn't let them die alone." Her new memoir, 'River of Fire,' details her spiritual journey up to that point.

Also, John Powers reviews the documentary 'Honeyland.'

Aug 12, 2019 • 00:49:28

EpisodeTimeReleased
Best Of: Filmmaker Rodney Evans / Writer Jia Tolentino 00:50:44 Aug 9, 2019
Remembering Toni Morrison 00:49:33 Aug 9, 2019
Disinformation & The Murder Of Seth Rich 00:49:11 Aug 8, 2019
Discrimination Against Women In Hollywood (With Geena Davis & Maria Giese) 00:48:36 Aug 7, 2019
Jia Tolentino On Feminism, Ecstasy & The Internet 00:48:42 Aug 6, 2019
'Vision Portraits' Focuses On Visually Impaired Artists 00:48:25 Aug 5, 2019
Best Of: Comic Wanda Sykes / Crime Novelist Laura Lippman 00:51:18 Aug 2, 2019
Polar Photographer Paul Nicklen 00:48:43 Aug 2, 2019
Comic Wanda Sykes 00:48:14 Aug 1, 2019
How Tech Companies Track Your Every Move & Sell Your Data 00:48:26 Jul 31, 2019
Crime Novelist Laura Lippman 00:48:13 Jul 30, 2019
Why We Need Insects / Illustrator Lisa Hanawalt 00:49:18 Jul 29, 2019
Best Of: 'The Farewell' Director Lulu Wang / The Nocturnal Brain 00:50:08 Jul 26, 2019
Ranky Tanky 00:46:57 Jul 26, 2019
Jane Mayer On The Case Of Al Franken 00:48:14 Jul 25, 2019
Filmmaker Lulu Wang On 'The Farewell' & Her Family's Real Life Lie 00:48:55 Jul 24, 2019
Sleep Disorders & The Nocturnal Brain 00:48:56 Jul 23, 2019
Breakthroughs In Heart Health 00:48:35 Jul 22, 2019
Best Of: TV Critic Emily Nussbaum / Satirist Randy Rainbow 00:49:37 Jul 19, 2019
50th Anniversary Of The Moon Landing 00:49:18 Jul 19, 2019
Corruption & Dysfunction In The Border Protection Agency 00:49:09 Jul 18, 2019
Satirist Randy Rainbow 00:48:34 Jul 17, 2019
Novelist Colson Whitehead On 'The Nickel Boys' 00:49:31 Jul 16, 2019
TV Critic Emily Nussbaum 00:48:10 Jul 15, 2019
Best Of: Yiddish 'Fiddler On The Roof' / How 'Maiden' Sailed Into History 00:50:11 Jul 12, 2019
MLB's Keith Hernandez / Remembering Pitcher Jim Bouton & Actor Rip Torn 00:48:58 Jul 12, 2019
The Ongoing Crisis At The U.S.-Mexico Border 00:49:04 Jul 11, 2019
Yiddish 'Fiddler On The Roof' 00:48:08 Jul 10, 2019
Gerrymandering, The 2020 Census & Voter Suppression 00:49:10 Jul 9, 2019
A Bioethicist's Personal Struggle With Opioids 00:48:59 Jul 8, 2019
Best Of: Sarah Jessica Parker / 'Leaving The Witness' 00:50:09 Jul 5, 2019
Willie Nelson 00:52:25 Jul 5, 2019
Lizzo 00:49:32 Jul 4, 2019
Sarah Jessica Parker 00:48:55 Jul 3, 2019
Uncovering The Story Of Chernobyl 00:48:54 Jul 2, 2019
From Nightmares To PTSD, The Toll On Facebook Moderators 00:48:14 Jul 1, 2019
Best Of: Founders OF The 1st AIDS Ward / Comic Ramy Youssef 00:50:01 Jun 28, 2019
Novelist John Green On OCD 00:48:25 Jun 28, 2019
How An All-Female Crew Sailed Round The World & Into The History Books 00:49:19 Jun 27, 2019
Founders Of The 1st AIDS Ward 00:49:38 Jun 26, 2019
Comic Ramy Youssef 00:47:50 Jun 25, 2019
A Former Jehovah's Witness Reflects On Leaving Her Faith 00:48:58 Jun 24, 2019
Best Of: Ava DuVernay / Bill Hader 00:50:23 Jun 21, 2019
John Prine 00:46:33 Jun 21, 2019
Bill Hader On 'Barry' 00:47:25 Jun 20, 2019
Ava DuVernay On 'When They See Us' 00:46:54 Jun 19, 2019
Uncovering The Story Of Major Taylor, America's 1st Black Sports Hero 00:48:12 Jun 18, 2019
Rethinking 'Elderhood' 00:48:30 Jun 17, 2019
Best Of: How Ordinary People Got Us To The Moon / Actor Damian Lewis 00:50:14 Jun 14, 2019
'I Wrote This Book Because I Love You' 00:48:47 Jun 14, 2019
How Hackers Pose A Threat To Cities & Elections 00:48:58 Jun 13, 2019
How Ordinary People Got Us To The Moon 00:48:38 Jun 12, 2019
Inside Kim Jong Un's North Korea 00:48:48 Jun 11, 2019
Actor Damian Lewis 00:48:25 Jun 10, 2019
Best Of: Christina Applegate / The Future Of Food 00:50:01 Jun 7, 2019
Remembering Musician Dr. John 00:47:56 Jun 7, 2019
Trump, M.B.Z. & The United Arab Emirates 00:47:38 Jun 6, 2019
Actor Christina Applegate 00:48:57 Jun 5, 2019
The Case Against R. Kelly 00:48:36 Jun 4, 2019
The Future Of Food 00:47:50 Jun 3, 2019
Best Of: Why College Students Are So Stressed / How Eugenics Shaped U.S. Immigration 00:49:53 May 31, 2019
A Return To 'Deadwood' 00:49:15 May 31, 2019
SCOTUS And Abortion 00:48:34 May 30, 2019
Inside 'Sara Berman's Closet' 00:48:15 May 29, 2019
The Mental Health 'Epidemic' On College Campuses 00:46:53 May 28, 2019
Sir Elton John 00:49:54 May 27, 2019
Best Of: John Waters / Lizzo 00:50:14 May 24, 2019
Michael Pollan On the 'New Science' Of Psychedelics 00:48:55 May 24, 2019
Lizzo 00:49:15 May 23, 2019
The 'Power Struggle' Within The NRA 00:48:17 May 22, 2019
A New Approach To Dementia 00:48:44 May 21, 2019
John Waters On Being A 'Filth Elder' 00:49:18 May 20, 2019
Best Of: Howard Stern / Phoebe Waller-Bridge 00:50:21 May 17, 2019
Novelist Explores Sexuality & Relationships In 'My Ex-Life' 00:49:02 May 17, 2019
The Dark Side Of Generic Prescription Drugs 00:49:17 May 16, 2019
Howard Stern: Part 2 / Remembering Doris Day 00:49:07 May 15, 2019
Howard Stern: Part 1 00:49:31 May 14, 2019
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Creator Of 'Killing Eve' & 'Fleabag' 00:48:18 May 13, 2019
Best Of: How Kleptocrats Stash Fortunes / 'PEN15' Creators 00:50:07 May 10, 2019
Celebrating HBO's 'Veep' 00:48:59 May 10, 2019
Why Deutsche Bank Loaned Donald Trump Billions When No One Else Would 00:48:33 May 9, 2019
The Law That Kept 2 Generations Of Immigrants Out Of The U.S. 00:48:10 May 8, 2019
Shedding Light On Domestic Violence 00:47:51 May 7, 2019
'PEN15' Revisits The Awkwardness Of Middle School 00:48:39 May 6, 2019
Best Of: Patricia Arquette / Erin Lee Carr 00:50:18 May 3, 2019
Remembering 'Boyz N The Hood' Dir. John Singleton 00:47:50 May 3, 2019
John Bolton's Push For 'Aggressive Use' Of U.S. Power 00:48:50 May 2, 2019
How Oligarchs, Kleptocrats & Crooks Stash Fortunes 00:48:07 May 1, 2019
Erin Lee Carr, Daughter Of David Carr 00:48:48 Apr 30, 2019
Actor Patricia Arquette 00:48:13 Apr 29, 2019
Best Of: 'Lear' Actor Glenda Jackson / Baseball History In 10 Pitches 00:50:01 Apr 26, 2019
The Zombies & Roxy Music Head To The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame 00:49:27 Apr 26, 2019
The Revelations And Redactions Of The Mueller Report 00:47:36 Apr 25, 2019
How Psychiatry Turned To Drugs To Treat Mental Illness 00:48:21 Apr 24, 2019
Actor Glenda Jackson Is King Lear 00:47:57 Apr 23, 2019
How The Navy Failed Its Sailors 00:49:12 Apr 22, 2019
Best Of: Robert Caro / Christopher Meloni 00:50:00 Apr 19, 2019
The Remarkable Life Of Frederick Douglass 00:49:37 Apr 19, 2019
From Fastballs To Greaseballs, A History Of Baseball In 10 Pitches 00:48:06 Apr 18, 2019
Actor Christopher Meloni / Tiger Woods' Historic Comeback 00:49:26 Apr 17, 2019
How Climate Change Threatens Humanity 00:47:36 Apr 16, 2019
Robert Caro 00:48:20 Apr 15, 2019
Best Of: Henry Winkler / Rob Delaney 00:50:04 Apr 12, 2019
Ray Romano / Remembering Seymour Cassel 00:47:54 Apr 12, 2019
Henry Winkler 00:49:04 Apr 11, 2019
American Prosecution & Mass Incarceration 00:47:35 Apr 10, 2019
Congress In The Trump Era 00:47:50 Apr 9, 2019
How Climate Change Became A Partisan Issue 00:48:13 Apr 8, 2019
Best Of: Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin / A Therapist Goes To Therapy 00:49:43 Apr 5, 2019
Dancer Gwen Verdon Of 'Fosse/Verdon' 00:49:21 Apr 5, 2019
Conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin 00:48:30 Apr 4, 2019
Historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. / Rob Delaney Of 'Catastrophe' 00:49:54 Apr 3, 2019
The Ongoing Crisis In Venezuela 00:49:14 Apr 2, 2019
The Motivations & Impact Of SCOTUS Justice John Roberts 00:49:24 Apr 1, 2019
Best Of: John Mulaney / Natasha Lyonne 00:49:11 Mar 29, 2019
Mexican-American Writer Finds Inspiration In Family, Tragedy & Trump 00:48:15 Mar 29, 2019
A Therapist Goes To Therapy (And Gets A Taste Of Her Own Medicine) 00:46:48 Mar 28, 2019
Natasha Lyonne On 'Russian Doll' 00:47:54 Mar 27, 2019
Comic John Mulaney 00:47:43 Mar 26, 2019
The New Zealand Massacre And The Global Resurgence Of Extremism 00:47:48 Mar 25, 2019
Best Of: The Emotional Lives Of Primates / Playwright & Actor Heidi Schreck 00:48:43 Mar 22, 2019
Remembering Poet W.S. Merwin / 'King Of The Surf Guitar' Dick Dale 00:48:59 Mar 22, 2019
Did Russia Influence The Brexit Movement? 00:48:16 Mar 21, 2019
How Women Have Been 'Profoundly' Left Out Of The Constitution 00:47:22 Mar 20, 2019
The Emotional Lives Of Primates 00:48:34 Mar 19, 2019
Exposing The Health Risks Of Incarceration 00:49:27 Mar 18, 2019
Best Of: Aidy Bryant / Finding God In The Faith Of Others 00:50:15 Mar 15, 2019
Remembering Drummer Hal Blaine / Chef Lidia Bastianich 00:48:28 Mar 15, 2019
Aidy Bryant On 'SNL' & 'Shrill' 00:48:20 Mar 14, 2019
Why Emergency Room Visits Cost So Much 00:46:54 Mar 13, 2019
Inside The Fight For Free Press 00:47:35 Mar 12, 2019
Finding God In the Faith Of Others 00:47:19 Mar 11, 2019
Best Of: 'Never Look Away' Asks, Why Make Art? / Inside The Fox News White House 00:49:28 Mar 8, 2019
50 Years Of 'The Godfather' 00:47:26 Mar 8, 2019
Jane Mayer On The Fox News White House 00:48:34 Mar 7, 2019
'Never Look Away' Asks: Why Make Art? Who Is It For? 00:48:25 Mar 6, 2019
Living With Gun Violence And Trauma In Chicago 00:47:17 Mar 5, 2019
The 'Orchid' Vs. 'The Dandelion': The Science Of Sensitive Kids 00:48:06 Mar 4, 2019
Best Of: Pamela Adlon / Inside The Real 'Green Book' 00:49:50 Mar 1, 2019
Remembering 'Singin' In The Rain' Co-Director Stanley Donen 00:47:56 Mar 1, 2019
How Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Translates Trump 00:47:33 Feb 28, 2019
Why Older Women Are Often The 'Happiest Demographic' In America 00:48:14 Feb 27, 2019
Pamela Adlon On 'Better Things' 00:46:42 Feb 26, 2019
Documentary Chronicles The Real Life 'Green Book' 00:48:05 Feb 25, 2019
Best Of: 'Surviving R. Kelly' Filmmaker dream hampton / Adam Savage Of 'MythBusters' 00:49:55 Feb 22, 2019
Rami Malek / Adam McKay 00:48:53 Feb 22, 2019
How 2 Conspiracy Theorists Shaped Trump's Worldview 00:47:38 Feb 21, 2019
'Surviving R. Kelly' Filmmaker dream hampton 00:47:30 Feb 20, 2019
Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe 00:49:11 Feb 19, 2019
The Story Of American Imperialism 00:49:41 Feb 18, 2019
Best Of: Wildlife 'Dynasties' / The Neuroscience Of Addiction 00:49:41 Feb 15, 2019
Spike Lee / Paul Schrader On 'First Reformed' 00:48:57 Feb 15, 2019
Inside The Social Structures Of Lions, Tigers, Wolves, Penguins & Chimps 00:48:05 Feb 14, 2019
How Russian-Style Kleptocracy Is Infiltrating America 00:47:46 Feb 13, 2019
The Neuroscience Of Addiction 00:47:31 Feb 12, 2019
The Science Of Exercise Recovery / Adam Savage Of 'MythBusters' 00:48:47 Feb 11, 2019
Best Of: Daughter Of A Numbers Runner / Random House Copy Chief 00:49:35 Feb 8, 2019
The Coen Brothers / Remembering Baseball Hall of Famer Frank Robinson 00:48:29 Feb 8, 2019
NYT's Michael Schmidt On Mueller, Trump And Russia 00:48:24 Feb 7, 2019
Environmental Photographer Captures Climate Change 00:48:34 Feb 6, 2019
Random House Copy Chief / Inside The 1954 'Star Is Born' 00:47:46 Feb 5, 2019
Writer Recalls Her Mother's Secret Gambling Enterprise 00:48:35 Feb 4, 2019