Fresh Air offers some of the most intelligent interviews, reviews, and commentary heard on radio. The hour-long, program features interviews with prominent cultural and entertainment figures, as well as distinguished experts on current events.
Host Terry Gross has been called "one of the most thought-provoking interviewers working in media today" (The Los Angeles Times). She hashosted Fresh Air since 1975, when she started with a local edition at WHYY-FM in Philadelphia. A weekly national version of the show began airing in 1985; the daily edition premiered in 1987. Gross isn't afraid to ask tough questions, but she sets an atmosphere in which her guests volunteer the answers rather than surrender them. What often puts those guests at ease is Gross' understanding of their work. "Anyone who agrees to be interviewed must decide where to draw the line between what is public and what is private. But the line can shift, depending on who is asking the questions," observes Gross. "What puts someone on guard isn't necessarily the fear of being 'found out.' It sometimes is just the fear of being misunderstood."
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