Fresh Air

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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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  • Awded
    Great questions and insight Ms Gross!
    Terry asked the questions most people not ever in need of public assistance wanted to know. She was using the book as her reference and asking why and how this young American lived, survived and got out of this horrible situation.
  • audiobookie
    Terry’s take on this memoir, which has become a highly rated series on Netflix, showed me how two people - Terry the host and me the listener - could have such a wide difference in viewpoint. Terry focused on public entitlement programs and Alex’s struggles to navigate that universe. That’s what she thought the book was about, even asking the author “Why should I pay for you?” And I saw the series “MAID” as an exploration of when the other shoe drops and keeps dropping, and Alex lives a life of inner terror, almost never getting a break, three steps forward and two back. This is probably because Terry has an educated, elitist background so she could never empathize with a story like Alex’s, where the anxiety about survival dominates the issues, and someone like Terry just sees the story as a trip through entitlement programs.
  • A Huge and Thankful Fan
    Fresh Air
    A wonderful program!!!! I am most familiar with Terry Gross who I have thoroughly enjoyed for years; however, Dave Davies does a fine job. Expert interviewers say enough but not too much. I am Impressed with how often Terry will make a comment or ask a question that brings out new information from the interviewee. A Huge and Thankful Fan
  • Wjt39
    An Exceptional Podcast
    Terry Gross and Dave Davies provide light in my life in this time the pandemic. Both are skilled interviewers and inject themselves into the discourse briefly and only long enough to coax the invited guests to tell their stories. Whether the guest is an entertainer like Rita Moreno or a person at the heart of tragedy such as the Afghan journalist Najeebullah Qureshi each seems to tell a compelling tale that entertains and enlightens me. Listening to the interviews are one of the highlights of my day. I find the podcast form of the show superior to the radio version because it means I never have to miss it.
  • Alegreone
    Love this podcast
    A big thank you to everyone on the Fresh Air team for providing this podcast; I love interviews by both Terry and Dave Davies as well as the frequent contributions by others like Maureen Corrigan’s book reviews. You all make the world a better place for being here, and I truly appreciate all the hard work that clearly goes into this top notch production.
  • Jane Otto
    Dave Davies
    Nobody beats Dave Davies! He is an exceptional interviewer and I find each of his conversations to be a compelling listen.
  • newsjunqui
    Anita Hill
    What a pleasure to listen to Anita Hill’s measured, reasoned, balanced & profound responses to interview questions. This is what intelligent dialogue sounds like. I thank Fresh Air for this exhilarating podcast.
  • Dvdbssn
    What is going on with this show?
    Can we go back to the old version of Fresh Air? Unsubscribe.
  • AmyL0192
    Technical Issues with Subscription Issue
    I love the podcast but I am giving it 1 star because there is clearly a technical issue with subscription issues. I have not subscribed but I can’t make a subscription issue leave my feed. It won’t play or delete. I have reported this issue 5 times to Apple Podcasts with no follow up or contact. In reading the reviews, I am clearly not the only one with issues. Why is Apple and NPR not fixing this issue?
  • Shruti.L
    Still getting ads with paid Plus
    I enjoy listening to fresh air so I figured I would pay to experience advertisement free listening with fresh air plus. However, I am disappointed that I am still getting all the usual ads in between the podcast. I don't know any other place to air my complaint. I won't be in line next month to renew my paid plus subscription, that's for sure.
  • Clark_bord
    Terry and Dave are masters of their trade.
    I don’t know how they decide who does each interview, but I think they do a great job of choosing the right host for the guest. These 2 pros are always a great listen.
  • WKathrynBB
    Zero stars for subscriber usability
    I recently accidentally subscribed to the paid version of this show. I can’t afford to subscribe and as soon as I recognized my error I unsubscribed, so now after the month that I paid for is over I can’t listen anymore, because I can’t access the non-subscriber version. This makes me very sad, and annoyed. There must be a way to access the free content from my Apple podcast app, but for the life of me I can’t figure it out. I already give what I can to my NPR station, and I will be lost as a listener if I can’t listen to a non-subscriber edition without having to switch platforms. I love this show…. Now let me listen!
  • Che Block
    Senate Joe
    He can’t explain to his constituents that they vote against their own interests Sad
  • gelburd
    Philadelphia 1980
    I began listening to Teri in Philadelphia in med school, I started in 1978 which may have been the first year on WHYY. I continue to be amazed at her ability to relax people and ask questions in a kind voice that implies her compassion which she obviously has. I love this woman she has done so much for our culture and this world by interviewing incredible people thank you Teri
  • razzle153
    Art Cullen Episode
    Thanks for a great podcast magnifying the small but important struggle of a local newspaper who represents “we the people” in small communities. Raising awareness, fighting for justice, the environment, and the rights of all who live here.
  • fixit34567
    More Terry, Less Dave
    Terry is a fantastic interviewer. I've listened to her for many years, and always finds that she asks such great questions and establishes amazing rapport with most of her subjects. Lately, tho, I just haven't resonated with most of the people she chooses to interview, and I miss feeling excited about the next episode of the show. Also, I really don't enjoy Dave Davies' interviews. He's got kind of a flat, sing-songy voice that puts me to sleep, and doesn't ever seem excited about the interview, no matter who he's talking with. There's generally always juice with Terry, and if she's about to retire, then please bring in a cohost who's sharper and more interesting.
  • Bohnzo
    I wish news wasn’t just opinion… used to love npr
  • lopezepol
    Problem with subscription only episodes
    I don’t have a subscription. How do I make subscription only episodes go away? It is not possible to mark them as already played.
  • Arp121
    Terry Gross asks unnecessarily long, and at times rambling questions. She constantly interrupts. For these reasons, I am less likely to listen if she is hosting.
  • JGO Ortiz
    Fresh Air is GREAT!
    Love your shows - Terry and Team continue to put out awesome shows.
  • JSomething2013
    All NPR hosts are talking too much and incessantly interrupting guests. Stop your support to wage a complaint.
  • Auntyfascist
    Terri Gross
    Simply the best interviewer of our time.
  • bdocktor
    Technical problems
    I loved the content, but this is the only podcast I use that constantly stops every 5-10 minutes and I have to grab the phone and swipe up to get it to play again. What’s up with that?
  • JamesHardingOakland
    You make life better, Fresh Air!
    The recent series with the stars of Summer of Soull- a great theme to showcase the wonderful archived riches of Fresh Air interviews honoring great African-American musical artists.
  • wagshoe
    Used to be my favorite
    It’s time for Terry to pass the torch to someone else. She fawns over pop-culture celebrities, immediately saying “ Thank you SO much for being here.” and ”I LOVE your work.“ she sounds like a fangirl and not a journalist. Then she’ll have a brilliant scientist or doctor on and is blasé with them.
  • yellikeh
    What year is it again?
  • terry gross rules
    A faithful listener but
    You are an idiot
  • Eveles
    A faithful listener but...
    I have been a fan of Terry Gross and Fresh Air for years but I am becoming exceedingly annoyed by Terry Gross' spoilers and her excessive talking. Her questions are often long-winded and limit the time left for her guests to speak. And once again she ruined a series/film for me by giving away crucial plot points... this time it's Killing Eve
  • beliseg
    No one interviews as well as Terry Gross… unless you’re not a white cis-het interviewee. For all other subjects, her questions are loaded with racist assumptions and thoughtless and really just dumb questions. Examples include asking Zadie Smith to describe her braids to the listening audience and asking Lizzo how it feels to be so “brave” to show her body. With white cis-het subjects, I’ve found Terry’s questions to be thoughtful, incisive and probing. In contrast, with all other interviewees, she simply cannot see beyond her own racist stereotypes about women and people of color, LGTBQ folks, etc.
  • won't send with one star
    Sometimes Terry Gross just talks too much
    Sometimes Terry Gross just talks too much about background information before and during interviews. It’s boring. I’d rather hear from the person being interviewed.
  • Amm1234512345
    Paid subscription?
    Awesome show. I’ve listened to it for years. I’m Frustrated that you now must pay for a subscription to the podcast. Isn’t that what my NPR membership pays for? Why not keep the ad-based model? I have way too many content subscriptions already. Subscribe to each podcast I like is cost prohibitive, especially since I only listen to a few select shows and never listen to most.
  • moshermind
    The Best
    No one interviews better than Terry. Asks questions no one else does about things we want to know. Keep doing what you do!
  • gfrtccdyh
    Loved Cecily Strong
    I always love Terri’s interviews. Really loved the one with Cecily- just a wonderfully open, genuine person. Comedians often just give more of the “show” in interviews- just be funny and irreverent all the time. That’s fine, if that’s what they like or works for them. But, it’s nice to see and hear about their bumps and foibles in a genuine and honest way. I’m an even bigger fan now.
  • pegley44
    The best interviewer!
    I remember the first time I heard Terry Gross, it was mind blowing because she’s thee most incredible interviewer! She asks the questions I’m thinking of and doesn’t make herself the center of the conversation — she knows how to let her guests shine. I’m sure a lot of prep is involved with each show, but she expertly makes the convo flow naturally. I never miss it!
  • clliff
    Democrat socialist commies
    Can’t face reality and global warming saved 50000 lives from freezing bot thr other way around
  • Interviewette
    Great questions!!!
    Wonderful, insightful podcast.
  • EvanDoogen
    Desert Island
    If I could only have one podcast it would be this podcast
  • 8yytgg8bgi
    My Podcast Staple
    Terry Gross is fabulous and a master interviewer!
  • EugeneOrygun
    Prepared. Insightful.
    I’ve been listening for decades. I have learned a lot about what makes people tick and how to think about other people’s lives and work. It has shaped my way of thinking about others. Terry has amassed an amazing catalog of in-depth interviews with all sorts of people that will long out live us all. It is an astounding and valuable accomplishment because of the depth of the interviews. At times it seems like I’m eves dropping on a conversation between close friends.
  • Schneemaedel
    New Fresh Air subscription
    I love Fresh Air and am a dedicated listener. But I’m conflicted about this new subscription for Fresh Air Plus. I already contribute money to NPR, as I also do for my local PBS station, which affords me access to my PBS plus station without asking for more money. Now, if I want to listen to all Fresh Air interviews, I have to pay. Yes, $2.99/month is a small fee that I can afford. But somehow, this goes against the NPR grain for me. Disappointed.
  • A physical therapist
    4191 Myth of the Alamo
    This episode was very interesting and is very educational. However, I suggested it to my brother-in-law, who is from Texas, but his hearing aid could not distinguish the various voices. Is there a printed version one could read? There a lot of hearing impaired individuals out there...
  • Alexstrath1
    Incredible journalism in podcast form
    I love listening to your incredible journalism in podcast form. Your truly thoughtful interviews from Rita Moreno to Akash Kapur Illuminates such insightful untold stories.
  • JohnnyRingo48
    Monocultures are Boring
    Monocultures are boring, so this podcast suffers from being boring. NPR seems to be diverse in everything except thought. Gets 2 stars because of production quality.
  • Dogkrazy
    Review of Nick Quah
    Nick Quah should keep his day job reviewing podcasts for the NYT and leave the on air reviews for ANYONE else. He is a terrible reader of his own script. I know it takes practice but please-do it OFF the air.
  • algalhi
    Interview of Dr. Leana Wen
    Wonderful interview! Thank you to Dr. Wen and Terry for speaking about Dr. Wen’s relationship with her mother.
  • byliner2019
    Terry Gross
    She obviously prepares well for her interviews, but she’s also self-effacing in her presentation of interviews that derailed. About the same age, with about the same years of experience, she and I also have in common a SUNY education at different schools.
  • SchmaltzyDC
    The gold standard
    Just the best.
  • yonderlovesbooks
    Terry is the best
    Terry is simply the best. I love her interviewing techniques. She’s sensitive and knowledgeable. Everyone should listen to her; it’s an education in itself!!!
  • SteelMagnolaFairhope
    Oh, the irony...
    That E5014 was about the “Ugly Truth”...the dangers of misinformation....Terry says about Nov 6, “when Capital Police were killed by the mob”(33:48). Fact: ONE officer died Nov 8th of NATURAL CAUSES....2 strokes. This was conclusion was confirmed and widely reported TWO MONTHS prior to this interview. Last Fresh Air for me. 🙌🏻 Disgusting.
  • Ali Schu
    Thank you again
    Terry Gross is always being great! Alison Schuback
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