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Current Fresh Air Podcasts
TitlePodcast DescriptionAuthor/ReaderDuration
Climate Change & Coastal LandGilbert Gaul says federal subsidies encourage developers to build on the coasts despite increasing risks from climate change...NPR00:48:42
Attica LockeHer novel, HEAVEN, MY HOME, centers on a black Texas ranger searching for the missing son of an Aryan Brotherhood leader...NPR00:49:02
Ronan FarrowHe talks about the systemic ways in which top institutions aid and abet powerful people accused of crimes, silence witnesses, and...NPR00:46:58
Elton JohnHe talks about his volatile childhood, addiction, and fame. His memoir is called ME. Lloyd Schwartz reviews a documentary on Maria Callas.NPR00:48:33
Breaking Bad Sequel El CaminoWe review the movie, which Netflix dropped and talk with series creator and writer Vince Gilligan and actor Aaron Paul.NPR00:48:07
The Westboro Baptist ChurchGrowing up in the notorious church, Megan Phelps-Roper was told that God killed soldiers as punishment for America's sins and...NPR00:47:19
Trump's Impeachment PerilHow Trump fell for a media campaign that was designed to help him. Maureen Corrigan reviews the new memoir HOW WE FIGHT FOR OUR LIVES.NPR00:49:28
Whistleblower Christopher WylieHe exposed Cambridge Analytica's role in Brexit and the Trump campaign. His new book: MINDF*CK... THE PLOT TO BREAK AMERICA.NPR00:49:05
Anthony Roth CostanzoCostanzo is a countertenor, about to star in the Metropolitan Opera's production of 'Akhnaten,' by Philip Glass...NPR00:48:24
Claire TomalinAfter writing biographies, she turned to memoir. A LIFE OF MY OWN tells of her child conflict, work, infidelity and finding herself.NPR00:48:48
Trump's Border ProposalsJulie Hirschfeld Davis & Michael Shear's book chronicls Trump's attempts to upend the nation's immigration system.NPR00:48:44
Conan O'BrienRecently changed the format of his show, and is about to launch the second season of his podcast, CONAN O'BRIEN NEEDS A FRIEND.NPR00:49:12
Jimmy Hoffa's DisappearanceJack Goldsmith's memoir investigates his stepfather's involvement in the 1975 disappearance of mob-connected labor leader Hoffa.NPR00:48:57
Actor Antonio BanderasHe stars in Pedro Almodóvar's new film PAIN AND GLORY as a screenwriter and director suffering with physical pain, and pain of the soul.NPR00:49:31
Captive Animal SpeciesJoel Sartore's mission is to document each captive animal species in the world. His book: VANISHING: THE WORLD'S MOST VULNERABLE ANIMALS.NPR00:48:09
Piety & PowerTom LoBianco describes Mike Pence as a man of faith who's willing to put political ambition ahead of his beliefs. His book: PIETY & POWER.NPR00:48:31
Singing CowboysMusician Doug Green talks of a largely forgotten chapter of music history, the singing cowboy. He's featured in Ken Burns' new PBS series.NPR00:49:29
Ta-Nehisi Coates On THE WATER DANCERHis book is set in slave times and re-imagines the Underground Railroad's leaders as having a magical power to teleport people out of slavery.NPR00:49:29
Tegan And SaraThe music duo revisit their teen years and early music in a new memoir, HIGH SCHOOL, and companion album, HEY, I'M JUST LIKE YOU.NPR00:49:41
Julian Fellowes & Maggie SmithAs DOWNTON ABBEY opens in theaters, we listen back to our interviews with the series creator Julian Fellowes and star Maggie Smith.NPR00:49:04
Edward SnowdenHe talks about his first hack, why he decided to leak documents, and his 40 days detained in Moscow. His new book is PERMANENT RECORD.NPR00:48:10
NBC Journalist Andrea MitchellShe looks back on her career in journalism. She's receiving a lifetime achievement Emmy later on Sept. 24. Review of HEAVEN, MY HOME.NPR00:48:24
Reconstruction & The ConstitutionEric Foner on how current issues of racial inequality, voter suppression and mass incarceration relate to the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments.NPR00:48:46
Investigating Brett KavanaughIn their new book Kate Kelly & Robin Pogrebin investigate allegations against Supreme Court Justice Kavanaugh...NPR00:48:43
Singer Linda RonstadtThe singer spoke with Terry Gross in 2013 about her career and her Parkinson's diagnosis. The new documentary, THE SOUND OF MY VOICE.NPR00:48:27
Where Does Recycling Go?Now that China isn't taking our recycling, where will it go? Environmentalist Kate O'Neill discusses the global politics of waste.NPR00:47:42
Tan France Of QUEER EYEThe son of Pakistani immigrants, says the thought of being one of the very first openly gay South Asian men on a major show was hard to handle.NPR00:47:53
The Weinstein InvestigationHow Weinstein prevented investigation, actors speaking on the record, and the final showdown at the 'NYT' before publishing.NPR00:48:60
The CIA & Mind ControlStephen Kinzer's book, Poisoner in Chief, exposes how the CIA worked in the 50s and 60s to develop mind control drugs and deadly toxins...NPR00:49:04
THE DEUCEMaggie Gyllenhaal produces and stars in the HBO series. The show centers on porn, organized crime, politics & feminism in 1970s New York.NPR00:49:33
Trump's Conflicts Of InterestDavid Fahrenthold says in the past, an honor system helped keep presidents from using the office to benefit themselves. Not Trump!NPR00:48:31
Fentanyl & The Dark WebAuthor Ben Westhoff says the synthetic opioid, while useful in hospitals, is killing more Americans as a street drug than any other in history.NPR00:48:21
Elvis' Guitarist James BurtonHe went pro at 14, played in Ricky Nelson's band, and on hundreds of recordings, including those by Frank Sinatra and Johnny Cash.NPR00:49:24
Emmys Week 5Raphael Bob-Waksberg's Emmy-nominated series BOJACK HORSEMAN.? Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle's series PEN15.NPR00:49:60
Emmys Week 4Billy Eichner's Emmy-nominated series, BILLY ON THE STREET. Randy Rainbow's satirical songs about Trump to the melodies of show tunes.NPR00:49:20
Emmys Week 3Interviews of Natasha Lyonne (Russian Doll starring & writing) and Christina Applegate (Dead to Me starring).NPR00:49:35
Emmys Week 2We talk with Ava DuVernay, director of the Netflix series WHEN THEY SEE US, and Michael K. Williams, who performs in the series.NPR00:48:47
Emmys Week 1We talk with nominees Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Ben Stiller, and Patricia Arquette about their features...NPR00:48:27
Bill Hader & John MulaneyHader is Emmy nominated for acting in and writing the HBO series, BARRY, and Mulaney for his SNL episode.NPR00:48:53
Remembering Peter FondaFonda spoke to Terry Gross in 1998 about ULEE'S GOLD, EASY RIDER & his acting philosophy of "doing less and making more of it."NPR00:48:38
Direction Of The Opioid EpidemicScott Higham says evidence shows the drug industry shipped large quantities of pills to certain communities in pursuit of greater profits.NPR00:48:31
Character Actor Stephen RootHe got an Emmy nomination for his role in the HBO series BARRY. Kevin Whitehead reviews the album BEGIN AGAIN from pianist Fred Hersch...NPR00:49:31
How We Think About Race & GenderIn GODS OF THE UPPER AIR, Charles King tells of Franz Boas, Margaret Mead and other anthropologists who challenged outdated notions...NPR00:48:14
Exploring Underwater CavesDiver and photographer Jill Heinerth talks about some of her most dangerous and exhilarating experiences underwater...NPR00:49:12
Actor Jonathan GroffGroff stars in the crime-thriller series MINDHUNTER, now in its second season on Netflix. He also talks about his roles for HBO.NPR00:49:23
Hannah Shaw: Kitten LadyShe rescued hundreds of kittens. Her book about fostering: TINY BUT MIGHTY. Remembering saxophonist & clarinetist Bob Wilber.NPR00:47:56
Janet Mock On POSEMock 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.NPR00:48:12
Secret History Of Koch IndustriesIn his new book, KOCHLAND, journalist Christopher Leonard chronicles how the Koch brothers planned to remake the Republican Party.NPR00:48:55
Sister Helen PrejeanBest known for her 1993 memoir, DEAD MAN WALKING, about her role as a spiritual adviser to a convicted killer on death row...'NPR00:49:28
Remembering Toni MorrisonThe Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of BELOVED, THE BLUEST EYE, SULA, SONG OF SOLOMON, and other novels, essays and...NPR00:49:33
Disinformation & The Murder Of Seth RichIn July 2016, DNC staffer Seth Rich was murdered in D.C. Michael Isikoff tells how the murder was turned into a conspiracy theory.NPR00:49:11
Sex Discrimination In HollywoodThe documentary THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING explores how women in Hollywood push for more representation in front of and behind the camera.NPR00:48:36
Jia Tolentino On Feminism...She writes about how social media shapes identity, public discourse and political engagement, particularly for millennials like herself.NPR00:48:42
Visually Impaired ArtistsFilmmaker Rodney Evans is still making movies, despite having lost much of his vision. His new documentary, VISION PORTRAITS.NPR00:48:25
Polar Photographer Paul NicklenHe has spent decades documenting the Arctic, Antarctic and the effects of climate change. He talks about some of the dangerous situations he's been in.NPR00:48:43
Comic Wanda SykesSykes talks about coming out publicly at an LGBTQ rally, her double mastectomy, and her career before comedy; working for the NSA.NPR00:48:14
Tech Company SpyingGeoffrey Fowler tells how browsers, phone apps, & smart speakers track users, even when they're asleep.NPR00:48:26
Crime Novelist Laura LippmanLippman talks about her experience as a reporter, deciding to become a mother in her 50s, and losing her friend Rob Hiaasen...NPR00:48:13
Why We Need InsectsBiologist Anne Sverdrup-Thygeson warns that the world's insect population is on the decline — which may have serious consequences...NPR00:49:18
Ranky TankyGullah band Ranky Tanky and their album GOOD TIME. Justin Chang reviews Quentin Tarantino's ONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOOD.NPR00:46:57
Jane Mayer On Al FrankenShe recently dove into the accusations of sexual misconduct that forced Franken to resign in 2017. She says the chief accuser's story is full of holes.NPR00:48:14
Lulu Wang's film THE FAREWELLWhen her grandmother was diagnosed with terminal cancer the family flew to China to see her, but decided not to tell her the prognosis.NPR00:48:55
Sleep Disorders & The Nocturnal BrainGuy Leschziner, author of THE NOCTURNAL BRAIN, says sleep is not a binary state, and the brain can be in multiple stages of sleep at once.NPR00:48:56
Breakthroughs In Heart HealthDr. Haider Warraich on advancements in treating and preventing heart failure, and explains how the understanding of healthy blood pressure...NPR00:48:35
Moon Landing 50th AnniversaryWe listen to archival interviews with Michael Collins, Alan Shepard, Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield; and test pilot Chuck Yeager.NPR00:49:18
The Border Protection AgencyIt built its ranks by recruiting Rambo, when actually what the border patrol needs is Mother Teresa. Justin Chang reviews THE LION KING.NPR00:49:09
Satirist Randy RainbowHe writes and performs satirical songs about President Trump set to melodies of show tunes. "I always considered song parody kind of cheap..."NPR00:48:34
Novelist Colson WhiteheadHis book, THE NICKEL BOYS, is based on the true story of a notorious Florida reform school where many boys were beaten and sexually abused.NPR00:49:31
TV Critic Emily NussbaumEmily talks about the art of "terrible men" in the #MeToo era, TV's revolution (from low to high brow), and "the bad fan."NPR00:48:10
Remembering Pitcher Jim BoutonMLB pitcher Jim Bouton, who died Wednesday, spoke to Fresh Air in 1986 about his 1970 tell-all memoir, BALL FOUR....NPR00:48:58
U.S. - Mexico Border CrisisCaitlin Dickerson talks about the squalid conditions at the Clint, Texas, border patrol center, where toddlers were living for weeks...NPR00:49:04
Yiddish 'Fiddler On The Roof'A Yiddish version is currently off-Broadway. Steven Skybell, who plays Tevye, and Joel Grey, director, explain why it still resonates.NPR00:48:08
Gerrymandering, Census & Voter SuppressionAri Berman says recent Supreme Court decisions on redistricting and the 2020 census will determine which party wins in the next decade.NPR00:49:10
Bioethicist vs. OpioidsTravis Rieder became opioid dependent after an accident that crushed his foot. His book IN PAIN draws on his insights as a patient...NPR00:48:59
Willie NelsonAt 86, he's is still going strong - touring and has a new record, RIDE ME BACK HOME. We'll listen back to two interviews with him.NPR00:52:25
LizzoLizzo talks about collaborating with Prince, feminism, and using music to help people find a positive place within themselves.NPR00:49:32
Sarah Jessica ParkerShe's best-known for her role as the iconic single New Yorker Carrie Bradshaw on SEX AND THE CITY. She speaks of growing up poor...NPR00:48:55
The Story Of ChernobylJournalist Adam Higginbotham has spent years investigating the causes of the accident and the dramatic efforts to contain the damage.NPR00:48:54
The Toll On Facebook ModeratorsThey determine what material can be posted to Facebook. Many are traumatized by the images of hate and violence they see.NPR00:48:14
Novelist John Green On OCDHis latest novel, TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN, is about a teenage girl with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.NPR00:48:25
Female Crew Sails Round The WorldTracy Edwards set out on what was thought of as an unthinkable journey for a woman; to sail the 33,000 mile Whitbread Round The World Race.NPR00:49:19
The First AIDS WardThe new documentary 5B tells the story of America's first hospital unit for people with AIDS. We interview two of its founders.NPR00:49:38
Comic Ramy YoussefIn the semi-autobio Hulu series RAMY, he plays a Muslim American who follows some, but not all, of the rules of his religion.NPR00:47:50
Jehovah's Witness LeavesAmber Scorah was a third generation Jehovah's Witness. As a teenager she was shunned for having sex with her boyfriend...NPR00:48:58
John PrinePrine was recently inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. David Bianculli reviews FX's LEGION & Netflix's JESSICA JONES.NPR00:46:33
Bill Hader On BARRYHe talks with Terry Gross about writing BARRY with Alec Berg, struggling with anxiety while on SNL, and his love of old movies.NPR00:47:19
When They See UsAva DuVernay's Netflix series tells the story of how five black and brown boys were manipulated into confessing to a brutal rape.NPR00:46:48
America's First Black Sports HeroMajor Taylor broke barriers by becoming our fastest cyclist. Michael Kranish tells his story in the book, THE WORLD'S FASTEST MAN.NPR00:48:06
Rethinking ElderhoodGeriatrician Dr. Louise Aronson treats patients who are in their 60s as well as those who are older than 100. Saxophonist Stan Getz.NPR00:48:30
I Wrote This Book Because I Love YouTim Kreider admits that the longest relationship of his adult life was with the stray cat that became his companion for 19 years.NPR00:48:47
Hacker Threat To CitiesCybersecurity expert Nicole Perlroth says hacking tools developed by the NSA were stolen, posted online and are now being used...NPR00:48:58
Ordinary People Got Us To The MoonThis summer marks 50 years since the first Apollo moon landing. Journalist Charles Fishman's new book ONE GIANT LEAP focuses it.NPR00:48:38
Inside Kim's North KoreaAnna Fifield visited North Korea and interviewed many of its citizens including members of Kim Jong Un's family for her new book about the country.NPR00:48:48
Actor Damian LewisThe classically-trained British actor plays a ruthless hedge-fund manager on Showtime's BILLIONS, which recently ended its fourth season.NPR00:48:25
Remembering Dr. JohnHe died yesterday at 77. He was known for his raspy voice and hits such as RIGHT PLACE, WRONG TIME and SUCH A NIGHT.NPR00:47:56
Trump & The EmiratesWe talk with David Kirkpatrick about how Prince Mohammed bin Zayed became one of the most influential foreign voices in Washington.NPR00:47:38
Actor Christina ApplegateShe speaks about her own experience with grief and loss, her double mastectomy, MARRIED WITH CHILDREN, and SWEET CHARITY on Broadway.NPR00:48:57
The Case Against R. KellyPop music critic Jim DeRogatis on R. Kelly's alleged sexual abuse of underage girls. His new book SOULLESS.NPR00:48:36
The Future Of FoodEnvironmental journalist Amanda Little talks about efforts to create a global food supply for a world that will be hotter, drier...NPR00:47:50
A Return To DEADWOODThe HBO series about a lawless mining town in 19th century South Dakota is the basis of a new film. David Bianculli shares his review.NPR00:49:15
SCOTUS And AbortionAdam Liptak talks on how Trump's appointees might change the Supreme Court - including its direction on abortion...NPR00:48:34
Sara Berman's ClosetSara's daughter, children's book author Maira Kalman and grandson, designer Alex Kalman, tell her story in a new book accompaniment...NPR00:48:15
College Mental HealthDr. Anthony Rostain notes college students experience inordinate anxiety - much centered on surviving college and doing well.NPR00:46:53
Sir Elton JohnThe new biographical musical film ROCKETMAN is based on his life story. He spoke with Terry Gross in 2013 about his fear of...NPR00:49:54
Michael Pollan On PsychedelicsHe discusses the history of psychedelic drugs, including LSD and magic mushrooms, and explains how they're currently being used...NPR00:48:55
LizzoThe flute-playing pop star celebrates self-love on her latest album, CUZ I LOVE YOU. She talks about collaborating with Prince, feminism...NPR00:49:15
Power Struggle Within The NRADanny Hakim on conflicts in NRA's leadership, its lawsuit against its advertising & PR company, & what leaked documents reveal...NPR00:48:17
New Approach To DementiaWhile caring for her mother, who had dementia, bioethicist Tia Powell began imagining a different way to approach the disease.NPR00:48:44
John Waters On Being A Filth ElderThe cult filmmaker has plenty of ideas about what older people should and shouldn't do. "You can't be trying too hard to rebel..."NPR00:49:18
Exploring Sexuality & RelationshipsStephen McCauley's novel, MY EX-LIFE, is a comedy about a couple whose marriage ended years ago when the husband came out as gay.NPR00:48:56
Dark Side Of Generic DrugsKatherine Eban says most generic meds sold in the U.S. is manufactured overseas; sometimes with questionable quality control.NPR00:49:12
Howard Stern: Part 2Stern talks about his 2017 cancer scare, his thoughts on retirement, and his mother's depression. Also, we remember Doris Day.NPR00:49:07
Howard Stern: Part 1The self-proclaimed "King of All Media" speaks with Terry Gross for the first time. How therapy changed his show, what makes him cringe...NPR00:49:31
Phoebe Waller-BridgeShe writes female characters who are flawed, reckless, unpredictable and real - women not typically seen onscreen...NPR00:48:18
Celebrating HBO's VEEPWe listen to archival interviews with showrunner David Mandel, star Julia Louis-Dreyfus and co-star Tony Hale.NPR00:48:59
Deutsche Bank & Donald TrumpThe bank was Trump's partner on countless investments when most of Wall Street shied away. It has a trove of information about him.NPR00:48:33
The Immigration Act of 1924Daniel Okrent says the eugenics movement informed the Act, which restricted entrance to the U.S. of Jews, Italians, Greeks and other...NPR00:48:10
Shedding Light On Domestic ViolenceCrisis center CEO Suzanne Dubus and journalist Rachel Louise Snyder talk about identifying risk factors in abusive relationships...NPR00:47:51
The Awkwardness Of Middle SchoolIn Hulu's PEN15, Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle play 13-year-old versions of themselves in the year 2000 - even though they're in their early 30s.?NPR00:48:39
Remembering John SingletonFilm director John Singleton died Monday at the age of 51. He debuted in 1991 with the semi-autobiographical movie BOYZ N THE HOOD.NPR00:47:50
Bolton's Aggressive Use Of U.S. PowerDexter Filkins says Trump's National Security Adviser John Bolton's world view often contrasts with Trump's isolationist tendencies...NPR00:49:37
How Crooks Stash FortunesJournalist Oliver Bullough's book MONEYLAND describes foreign leaders' & oligarchs' secretive transnational world.NPR00:48:07
Erin Lee Carr, Daughter Of David CarrThe writer and documentary filmmaker talks of her parents' drug addiction and what it was like to have her father as a mentor...NPR00:48:48
Actor Patricia ArquetteShe's won awards for her performances in ESCAPE AT DANNEMORA, BOYHOOD & MEDIUM. She currently stars in THE ACT...NPR00:48:13
The Zombies & Roxy MusicThe 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees include the Zombies and Roxy Music. We listen back to archival interviews with them...NPR00:49:27
Mueller Report Revelations & RedactionsRosalind Helderman notes what's new in the report, the questions left unanswered, and how encrypted texts and witnesses stymied...NPR00:47:36
How Psychiatry Used Drugs For Mental IllnessThe new book MIND FIXERS examines psychiatry's search for understanding of mental illnesses, like depression and bipolar disorder.NPR00:48:21
Glenda Jackson Is King LearThe 82-year-old British actor is currently playing Shakespeare's famed tragic figure on Broadway; a role traditionally played by a man.NPR00:47:57
How The Navy Failed Its SailorsOutdated equipment and crew shortages contributed to two collisions involving Navy destroyers in 2017 - 17 sailors were killed.NPR00:47:26

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