In Contrast

Special Program | Podcast

In Contrast explores wide-ranging topics from art to politics through interviews with the people experiencing and defining the issues of the modern world. Past guests include such diverse figures as American poet Wendy Barker, children’s book author Norton Juster, Washington Post journalist Wesley Lowery, New York Times op-ed columnist Bret Stephens, The New Yorker foreign-correspondent Robin Wright, and PBS broadcaster Ray Suarez. New episodes are released on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

Dr. Rafael Campo is a poet, essayist and physician. Campo practices internal medicine at Harvard Medical School and at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. As a poet, Campo is the recipient of numerous awards including a Guggenheim Fellowship and a National Poetry award.

Junot Diaz In Contrast
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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.

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

In Contrast Min Jin Lee
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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.

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 explore 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.

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