|Running time||ca. 50 min.|
|Recording studio||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Air dates||since 1975|
Fresh Air is an American radio talk show broadcast on National Public Radio stations across the United States since 1975. Produced by WHYY-FM in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, its longtime host is Terry Gross. As of June 2009[update], the show was syndicated to 450 stations and claimed 4.5 million listeners. The show is fed live weekdays at 12:00 noon ET. In addition, some stations carry Fresh Air Weekend, a re-programming of highlights of the past week's interviews.
The show began in 1975 at WHYY with Judy Blank as host. In September of that year, Terry Gross took over as presenter and producer; over 35 years later she remains its chief presenter. The show began broadcasting nationally in 1987. The show primarily includes interviews with prominent figures in various fields, including: arts and entertainment, culture, journalism, and world news. Shorter segments follow the main segment and carry reviews of various cultural and entertainment diversions on a rotating basis. The subjects of the shorter segments include movies, books, stage plays, television programs, as well as recordings of popular music, jazz, and classical music. The program also features commentary from a range of regular contributors, including Maureen Corrigan, David Bianculli, Dave Davies, Ken Tucker, Kevin Whitehead, John Powers, Lloyd Schwartz, David Edelstein, Milo Miles, and Ed Ward.
All of the program's interviews are recorded and later edited. As in the case of many such radio programs, guests are often not in the studio during recording, often speaking by ISDN telephone lines from a local station. When pressing news requires, it has gone live, such as during the Soviet coup attempt of 1991 and the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings on April 19, 2013.
Fresh Air interviews are generally first aired on the Monday through Thursday shows. The Friday shows are rebroadcasts of past interviews.
In February 2002, when Gross interviewed Gene Simmons of Kiss, Simmons discussed his sexual experimentation with women of all age groups and propositioned Gross in demonstration; according to NPR's website, Simmons withheld permission to supply transcripts or audio of the interview on their website.
In July 2010, Fresh Air was removed from Mississippi Public Broadcasting radio because of "recurring inappropriate content", shortly after the broadcast of an interview with comedian Louis C.K. in which he discussed his sex life. It has since returned to the MPB evening line-up.
In 2004, Gross published a book of her favorite interviews from the show under the title All I Did Was Ask.
- "Fresh Air from WHYY: About the program". Fresh Air. NPR; WHYY. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
- "Leader and Bassist of the Band Kiss, Gene Simmons". Fresh Air. NPR; WHYY. 2002-02-04. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
- Gene Simmons (4 February 2002) (Transcript). Interview with Terry Gross. Fresh Air. WHYY; NPR. http://www.rof.net/wp/carriep/TERRYGRO.HTM. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
- Gene Simmons (4 February 2002) (Audio). Interview with Terry Gross. Fresh Air. NPR; WHYY. http://erim.net/archives/gene-simmons-and-terry-gross-interview. Retrieved 2008-01-17.
- O'Neal, Sean (2010-07-16). "Louis C.K. interview gets NPR's Fresh Air banned in Mississippi". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2010-07-16.
- "The Peabody Award Winners Archive". The Peabody Award. Archived from the original on 2007-02-04. Retrieved 2007-03-13.
- Gross, Terry (2004). All I Did Was Ask: Conversations with Writers, Actors, Musicians, and Artists. New York: Hyperion. ISBN 1-4013-0010-3.
- Official website
- Fresh Air podcast at NPR
- Fresh Air podcast RSS feed
- Fresh Air @ Audible.com
- Streaming audio schedule