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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.
50 Episodes
John Waters has made a career out of rebelling against the norm. The 'Pink Flamingos' and 'Hairspray' director returns to 'Fresh Air' to talk about what he was like as a kid, and how he still finds ways to break the rules as a self-described "filth elder." His new book about his career in Hollywood is 'Mr. Know-It-All.' Rapper, singer and flutist Lizzo talks to Terry Gross about collaborating with Prince, feminism, and using music to help people find a positive place within themselves. Her new album is 'Cuz I Love You.'
Pollan discusses the history of psychedelic drugs, including LSD and magic mushrooms, and explains how they're currently being used experimentally in therapeutic settings to treat depression, addiction, and fear of death. The author experimented with psychedelics for research. "I had an experience that was by turns frightening and ecstatic and weird," he says. 'How To Change Your Mind' is now out in paperback. Also, critic John Powers reviews 'Booksmart,' a film about two brainy girls who are desperate to party with the cool kids in the final 24 hours before high school graduation.



The flute-playing pop star celebrates self-love on her latest album, 'Cuz I Love You.' About 10 years ago, "I made the decision that I just wanted to be happy with my body," she says. Lizzo talks to Terry Gross about collaborating with Prince, feminism, and using music to help people find a positive place within themselves.
'New York Times' reporter Danny Hakim discusses conflicts within the NRA's leadership, its lawsuit against its advertising and PR company, and what leaked documents reveal about the organization.Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 'The Secret Between The Shadow and the Soul' from saxophonist Branford Marsalis, and TV critic David Bianculli looks ahead to the ABC special 'Live in Front of a Studio Audience,' which recreates individual episodes of two vintage shows.
A New Approach To Dementia

A New Approach To Dementia


While caring for her mother, who had dementia, bioethicist Tia Powell began imagining a different way to approach the disease. Her new book, 'Dementia Reimagined,' looks at long-term care options and end-of-life decisions. Also, movie critic Justin Chang reviews 'The Souvenir,' about a film student who falls into an intense and fraught relationship with an older man.
The cult filmmaker, 73, has plenty of ideas about what older people should and shouldn't do. "You can't be trying too hard to rebel [when] you're older," Waters says. He talks about what he was like as a kid, why he's done making movies, and what he wants on his tombstone. His new book about his life in Hollywood is 'Mr. Know-It-All: The Tarnished Wisdom of a Filth Elder.' Also, book critic Maureen Corrigan reviews 'Spying On The South.'
Howard Stern talks about how therapy changed his radio show, what makes him cringe about his early shock jock style, and how being a misfit as a kid pushed him to find an audience. His new book is 'Howard Stern Comes Again.' Phoebe Waller-Bridge writes female characters who are flawed, reckless, unpredictable and real — women not typically seen onscreen. She's the creator and star of the Amazon Prime series 'Fleabag' and creator/producer of the BBC America series 'Killing Eve.' She talks about her character's obsession with sex in 'Fleabag,' and why she wanted to be a boy when she was young.
Stephen McCauley's novel, 'My Ex-Life,' is a comedy about a couple whose marriage ended years ago when the husband came out as gay. "All relationships evolve — even for people who stay together," he says. McCauley's book is now out in paperback. Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews the new album from Vampire Weekend, 'Father of the Bride,' and TV critic David Bianculli reviews the new adaptation of Joseph Heller's 'Catch-22' on Hulu, created and directed by George Clooney.
Journalist Katherine Eban says most of the generic medicine being sold in the U.S. is manufactured overseas — sometimes under questionable quality control standards. She talks about instances of fabricated data, sabotaged inspections, and drugs released onto the market before they're ready. Eban's new book is 'Bottle of Lies.' Also, John Powers reviews season 2 of 'Fleabag,' the Amazon series created by and starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge.
In the second half of our two-part interview, Stern talks about his 2017 cancer scare, his thoughts on retirement, and his mother's depression. His new book is 'Howard Stern Comes Again.'Also, we remember late Hollywood actress and singer Doris Day. She spoke with Terry Gross in 2012. She died Monday at 97.
Comments (98)

Heather Garrison

this approach is nothing new. I really thought this would be some new research on dementia. It is well known that music and art therapy are effective but I thought this would be some new ideas.

May 24th

Alex Mercedes

you know what I'm saying?... I'm sorry. I applaud her artistry AND I cannot listen to any more of this conversation.

May 24th

Padmargha Maikap

Now I'm understanding this episode but Pooble this is so cool and must be nice be there are so some nice moment.... so you can get a chance and show your interesting this show, I'm so... give short opinion share with you... smile for everyone.. watch and learn... this "Fresh Air" awesome

May 16th

Zoltan Vaci

I'm sick of being talked down to as ahistorical because I grew up in the 90s. Stop referring to millenials as a cohesive thought-cohort because our opinions and worldviews are just as diverse as any generation's. Just because I don't remember the Cold War doesn't mean my life wasn't in a huge part defined by its repercussions.

May 9th

Klint McIntire

Zoltan Vaci I’m a millennial who is disillusioned with my generation’s overly-sensitive, groupthink culture

May 22nd

Tom Hoover

this guy says "nuculer". Remember how they lambasted Bush for that? Nothing else in this interview scares me as much as liberal spin and hypocrisy.

May 3rd


Tom Hoover true, hypocrisy kills more than wars.

May 5th

Dulguun Batbayar

very informative, thank you

Apr 25th

Erin April Frame


Apr 22nd

lourdes nearon

Keri Blakinger should write a book!

Apr 17th

Farmer John

that's it? Henry Louis Gates gets less than 1/2 the air time of your show? and you feel the rest of your show with some half-rate comic? simply deplorable

Apr 5th

Daniel Barnes

I really wish NPR could find a way to eliminate mouth sounds. If you sufferer from misophonia, this program and this particular interview can be unbearable

Apr 3rd

Michael Friggin Marquis

yeah what's up with her. ..she keeps stopping to swallow spit or something. the mouth sounds are unbearable which sucks because I really wanted to hear this

Apr 2nd

Robert Koch

this guy fills in so many blanks, just keep on assuming what people think

Apr 2nd

Ryan Scally

her lips smacking.its unbearable.....I had to turn it off

Apr 2nd

John Reed

Awesome show!

Mar 18th

Heather Boylen

this therapist has such a beautiful voice and a lovely way of expressing herself.

Feb 20th

Jill Dykes

Wonderful reflections of my own story. Thank you

Jan 30th



Jan 22nd

David Mahoney


Jan 13th

Joseph Scavone


Dec 20th

M Carter

That was great!

Dec 12th
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