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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.

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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.

Subscribe to Fresh Air Plus! You'll be supporting the unique show you can't get enough of - and you can listen sponsor-free. Learn more at plus.npr.org/freshair

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Best Of: The Sensory World Of Animals / Mothering As Social Change

    Best Of: The Sensory World Of Animals / Mothering As Social Change

    We explore the hidden world around us — the sights, smells, tastes, sounds, and vibrations that are imperceptible to humans, but are perceived by various animals and insects. We talk with science writer Ed Yong about his new book An Immense World.

    Justin Chang reviews two films from the Sundance Film festival — now streaming — about relationships between a younger man and an older woman, Cha Cha Real Smooth and Good Luck to You, Leo Grande.

    Also, we hear from Angela Garbes, author of the new book Essential Labor. She wrote it after having to give up work during the pandemic lockdown, when she no longer had daycare. She says, raising children shouldn't be as lonely, bankrupting and exhausting as it is.

    • 47 min
    A Former Flight Attendant Shares Stories From The Sky

    A Former Flight Attendant Shares Stories From The Sky

    T.J. Newman's book, Falling, is a thriller about a hijacking on a commercial flight. The pilot is told he must crash the plane or his family on the ground will be killed. We talk with Newman about her book and about her 10 years in the skies — from pet peeves to scary situations.

    Justin Chang reviews Elvis, the latest spectacle from Baz Luhrmann.

    • 45 min
    Where The Anti-Abortion Movement Is Heading

    Where The Anti-Abortion Movement Is Heading

    How did we get to the point where Roe v. Wade is likely to be overturned, just as we approach its 50 anniversary? We talk with law professor Mary Ziegler. She's written several books about the abortion wars. Her new one, Dollars for Life, is about how the anti-abortion movement helped push the courts to the right, and upended the GOP establishment.

    • 43 min
    The Sensory World Of Animals

    The Sensory World Of Animals

    There's a vast world around us that animals can perceive — but humans can't. Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Ed Yong talks about some of the sights, smells, sounds and vibrations that other living creatures experience. His book is An Immense World.

    • 44 min
    Rethinking The 'Essential Labor' Of Raising Children

    Rethinking The 'Essential Labor' Of Raising Children

    In her book, author Angela Garbes makes the case that the work of raising children has always been undervalued and undercompensated in the U.S. Then came the pandemic, and everything got harder. We talk about how parents​ in the U.S.​ are often isolated, and left without a social safety net, and we contrast that to how domestic labor is handled in the Philippines.

    • 45 min
    Banjo Player Rhiannon Giddens Sings Slave Narratives

    Banjo Player Rhiannon Giddens Sings Slave Narratives

    Giddens' album Freedom Highway is an exploration of Black experiences, accompanied by an instrument with its own uniquely African American story: the banjo. Originally broadcast May 11, 2017.

    Ken Tucker reviews three new country songs.

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
296 Ratings

296 Ratings

r-a-c-h-a-e-l ,

Almost perfect

Fresh Air is one of my favourites, and Terry is a host to treasure. Her natural warmth, empathy, humour and curiosity are golden. I love her. The eclectic guests, reviews, incidental music - all A+.
I only wish you would edit out the links from the live show. We’re not ‘just joining’ you half-way through - it’s a podcast! The constant reminder of what we’re listening to is repetitive and irksome. Not enough to detract from five stars though.

Herido84 ,

Very disappointed

I know I’m not the first to say it, but it’s a major disappointment that most of the episodes have been removed

HarryTheBastard1979 ,

Murdoch empire

No, democracy does not depend on the success or failure of the Murdoch empire.

It depends on people being able to disagree and debate issues and facts and come to some agreed conclusions together.

If you are saying that democracy depends on the success or failure of a conservative media outline when they are the only mainstream conservative media outlet, then I’d suggest it’s not democracy you actually want, it’s something more soon to totalitarianism.

So while I may disapprove of Fox News, I’m glad they are there providing some balance - we need balance.

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