Ilan Stavans

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Ilan Stavans is the Lewis-Sebring Professor in Latin American and Latino Culture at Amherst College. He is an internationally known, award-winning cultural critic, linguist, translator, public speaker, editor, short-story writer, and TV host, whose New York Times best-selling work focuses on language, identity, politics, and history.

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

Masha Gessen In Contrast
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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.

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

In Contrast William Taubman
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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.

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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. 

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

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

In Contrast Representing in Broadcasting  Ray Suarez
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Distinguished journalist Ray Suarez talks about his career as a Latino broadcaster.

In Contrast William Kristol
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William Kristol is the editor-at-large at the Weekly Standard. He is the former chief-of-staff to Secretary of Education William Bennet during the Reagan administration and to Vice President Dan Qualye during the first Bush administration. Kristol is a political commentator for ABC News and appears regularly on a variety of television programs covering politics.

In Contrast A Foreign Correspondent in Action-Robin Wright
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Robin Wright is an award winning writer for the New Yorker. She is the author of numerous books and, as a foreign correspondent, has reported from over 140 countries.