October 21, 2017
Tan discusses her experiences with family and fate. Maureen Corrigan reviews Kate Winkler Dawson's book about London's Great Smog of 1952. Baumbach's new film mixes comedy with deep emotional pain.
October 14, 2017
Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon says he has a tendency to smile "too much." Kevin Whitehead discusses Monk's enduring music. Mendelsohn talks about experiencing Homer's epic with his aging father.
October 7, 2017
Biographer Jonathan Eig says Ali had "the spirit of a rebel." Linguist Geoff Nunberg reflects on the vanished styles and language of the hippie era. Cartoonist Roz Chast draws a "love letter" to NYC.
September 30, 2017
David Simon and George Pelecanos discuss the dawn of the porn industry. Haroon Moghul recounts living abroad with depression. David Litt says writing for President Obama was often a delicate task.
September 23, 2017
Wainwright opens up about the "exes & excess" that inform his music. David Bianculli reviews Jerry Seinfeld's new Netflix special. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick discuss their PBS documentary series.
September 16, 2017
Tur shares her "front-row" view of the Trump campaign. Maureen Corrigan reviews Claire Messud's latest novel. Hersch recounts a life in and out of jazz in his new memoir, Good Things Happen Slowly.
September 9, 2017
Le Carré looks back on his career in espionage, and White discusses his new film, Brad's Status, about a father who starts to experience status anxiety while taking his son on a college tour.
September 2, 2017
We commemorate Fresh Air's 30th anniversary as a nationally syndicated show with interviews from our first years on air. Kazan and Spector spoke to Terry Gross in '88. Updike's interview is from '89.
August 26, 2017
FBI profiler James R. Fitzgerald explains how linguistic work led helped unmask the Unabomber. Maureen Corrigan reviews Jenny Zhang's debut story collection. Everett discusses her work in Patti Cake$.
August 19, 2017
Brooks discusses Minecraft: The Island. Maureen Corrigan recommends a book about the appetites of notable women. Brown, who has cerebral palsy, imagines life inside the "Virginia State Colony."