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.

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.