In Contrast In Contrast, explores culture in the making with host Ilan Stavans. Join us for a look at creativity and the creative process through the eyes of artists, activists, translators, writers, politicians and musicians, in a space that encourages diverse perspectives and where divergent voices can be heard.New episodes will be released on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.
In Contrast

In Contrast

From New England Public Radio

In Contrast, explores culture in the making with host Ilan Stavans. Join us for a look at creativity and the creative process through the eyes of artists, activists, translators, writers, politicians and musicians, in a space that encourages diverse perspectives and where divergent voices can be heard.New episodes will be released on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.More from In Contrast »

Most Recent Episodes

Episode #24: The End of Representation - Junot Diaz

Junot Diaz was born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New Jersey. His novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Diaz is also the author of Drown and This is How You Lose Her . His most recent book is Islandborn , a children's book about immigration. This interview was recorded on March 2, 2018 when Diaz was at Amherst College for the annual Lit-Fest, a gathering of noted authors. On April 16, The New Yorker published Diaz's The Silence , The Legacy of

Episode #23 Israel's Targeted Assassinations - Ronen Bergman

Ronen Bergman is an Israeli journalist and author of Rise and Kill First , the Secret History of Israel's Targeted Assassinations.

Episode #22: The Dream of Assimilation?-Min Jin Lee

Min Jin Lee immigrated from South Korea to New York as a child. She is the author of both fiction and nonfiction including two novels, Free Food for Millionaires and Pachinko which was nominated for a National Book Award in 2017.

Episode #21: The Artist of Hair-Sonya Clark

Sonya Clark is a fiber artist known for using a variety of materials in her work including human hair to explore issues of race, culture, class and history.

Episode #20: Russia Today - Masha Gessen

Masha Gessen is a contributor to The New Yorker and is the author of nine books including The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia , winner of a National Book Award in 2017, and The Man Without a Face: The Unlikely Rise of Vladimir Putin .

Episode #19: Drawing and Thinking-Mo Willems

Mo Willems is a three-time Caldecott Medal winner for his children's books which have been translated into several languages, animated and developed into theatrical productions.

Episode #18: In Search of Gorbachev: William Taubman

William Taubman is a professor emeritus of political science at Amherst College. His biography of Nikita Khrushchev won a Pulitzer Prize in 2004. His latest book is Gorbachev: His Life and Times .

Episode #17: Zapotec Poetry & The Language of Radio

Radio producer Karen Werner and translator Wendy Call discuss a radio documentary on Zapotec poet Irma Pineda, and explore translation and the loss of language and cultural identity. Segments of the radio documentary You Will Not See Me Die were used with the permission of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's series Earshot.

Episode #16: Rabbi in Search of God - Justin David

Justin David is a congregational rabbi in Northampton, Massachusetts and the author of Longing: Jewish Meditations on a Hidden God .

Episode #15: Fighting Cancer Through Knowledge - Peter Rooney

Peter Rooney is an award-winning journalist for the Associated Press. He is the author of Immuno-Patient: The New Frontier of Curing Cancer , a memoir about his own ordeal through cutting-edge treatments in cancer immunotherapy.

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