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.


Fresh Air

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe

McCabe served as acting director of the FBI after President Trump fired James Comey in the spring of 2017. McCabe felt that there was enough circumstantial evidence to open criminal and counterintelligence investigations into the president's ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice. "These were extraordinary steps. They were ones that we took only after great consideration and review," he says. In March of 2018, McCabe was fired 26 hours before he was set to retire. He talks with Terry Gross about these events and how the president poses a threat to national security. His book is 'The Threat: How the FBI Protects America in the Age of Terror and Trump.'
00:49:11 2/19/2019

Past Episodes

American presidents like to describe the United States as a force for freedom and independence in the world. Historian Daniel Immerwahr says there are also plenty of times in our history when we've subjugated and ruled foreign lands, sometimes with bloody conquests. Today, roughly 4 million people live in the American territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, American Samoa, and the Northern Mariana Islands. Immerwahr's new book, 'How to Hide an Empire,' looks at the history of and forces behind US territorial expansion. Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews 1960s live recordings featuring singer Jeanne Lee and pianist Ran Blake.
00:49:41 2/18/2019
Growing up, Judith Grisel struggled with alcohol, marijuana and cocaine. Now, as a neuroscientist, she's working to understand the biological basis of addiction. Her new book is 'Never Enough.' Grisel talks about how various drugs affect the brain, and her own experience with addiction. Grisel has been clean and sober for 30 years. Also, rock critic Ken Tucker reviews two new albums by guitarists Steve Gunn and Michael Chapman.
00:47:31 2/12/2019
Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor started the podcast 'Ear Hustle' when Woods was a prisoner in San Quentin. Woods' sentence was recently commuted, but the two continue to tell stories of life in prison.Also, jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews two new interpretations of Thelonious Monk's complete works.As the host of the PBS TV series 'Finding Your Roots,' Henry Louis Gates Jr. tells celebrities about their family history. Terry Gross asked Gates about his own roots.
00:50:19 1/25/2019
In 2018, Roy Wood Jr. explained how the years he spent performing in comedy clubs in the South and Midwest ? sometimes in places where he felt unsafe as a black man ? prepared him for 'The Daily Show.' Wood has a new Comedy Central special called 'No One Loves You.' Jazz critic Kevin Whitehead reviews the reissue of Eric Dolphy's 1963 'Musical Prophet' sessions. Actor Alan Alda is the recipient of the 2019 lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild. He spoke with Terry Gross in 1997 about M*A*S*H and his unusual childhood growing up in a burlesque club. TV critic David Bianculli reviews the TNT miniseries 'I Am the Night,' from 'Wonder Woman' director Patty Jenkins, starring Chris Pine.
00:49:02 1/25/2019
Earlonne Woods and Nigel Poor started the podcast 'Ear Hustle' when Woods was a prisoner in San Quentin. Woods' sentence was recently commuted, but the two continue to tell stories of life in prison.
00:47:16 1/23/2019
After being accused of being a spy, 'Washington Post' Tehran Bureau Chief Jason Rezaian was held in Iran's notorious Evin Prison for two and a half years. Throughout it all, he never considered giving up on writing and reporting. He talked to Terry Gross about his imprisonment and release. His memoir is 'Prisoner.'
00:47:01 1/22/2019
As the host of the PBS TV series 'Finding Your Roots,' Gates tells celebrities about their family history. Terry Gross asked Gates about his own roots, and some of the more controversial aspects of DNA testing.Also, journalist Brian Palmer has written recently about taxpayer funding for confederate monuments, and groups that portray the confederate cause as noble and slavery as a benign institution. His article for 'Smithsonian Magazine' is called 'The Costs of the Confederacy.'
00:47:57 1/21/2019
Richard Nixon's first vice president, Spiro Agnew, resigned in 1973 amidst charges of bribery and tax evasion. Now, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and producer Mike Yarvitz revisit the Agnew scandal in the hit podcast 'Bag Man.' "The parallels with what was going on in the Nixon and Agnew administration 45 years ago to the efforts by the Trump administration right now ... is uncanny," Maddow says.Justin Chang reviews 'Glass,' a film by M. Night Shyamalan. By his own count, John C. Reilly has acted in almost 80 movies, including 'Boogie Nights,' 'Chicago,' 'Talladega Nights' and 'Walk Hard.' Now, he's co-starring with Steve Coogan as half of the iconic comedy duo Laurel and Hardy in 'Stan & Ollie.' Reilly talks about the extreme prosthetic makeup and bodysuit he wore for the role, physical comedy, and bonding with Joaquin Phoenix while filming 'The Sisters Brothers.'
00:50:24 1/18/2019
Growing up in rural Idaho, Tara Westover had no birth certificate, never saw a doctor and didn't go to school. Her deeply religious parents stockpiled food and weapons for a government invasion or the end of the world. In her memoir, 'Educated,' Westover writes about how she defied her parents, and made her way to college and graduate school.Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews 'Glass' directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
00:49:21 1/18/2019
Dr. Joshua Mezrich has performed hundreds of kidney, liver and pancreas transplants. He tells us about transplants that have gone gone wrong, talking to the families of donors, and how the definition of death has changed over time. His new book of stories from the operating room is 'When Death Becomes Life.'Also, Lloyd Schwartz reviews a new recording of 'Doctor Atomic,' an opera about the first atomic bomb test in New Mexico.
00:48:16 1/14/2019

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