In Contrast: A Podcast on Culture in the Making

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. 

Music heard on In Contrast is provided by the Fresh Cut OrchestraNew episodes will be released on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month.

In Contrast Team
Ilan Stavans, Producer and Host
John Voci, Executive Producer
Vanessa Cerillo, Marketing Director
Burns Maxey, Design Manager

In Contrast Student Team from Amherst College
Antonella Dominguez, Katherine Chen, DeLyna Hagdu, William S. Harvey, Isabel Y. Meyers, Jacob A. Pagano, Ian Petty,  Brian Torres, and Yushi Shao

In Contrast is produced by Quixote Productions, LLC in collaboration with New England Public Radio.

In this episode of In Contrast, Ilan Stavans talks with Wesley Lowery, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for the Washington Post. Lowery was the lead reporter for the Post’s Fatal Force, a project that tracked over 900 police shootings in 2015. He’s the author of They Can’t Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore and a New Era in America’s Racial Justice Movement.

In Contrast - Ty Allan Jackson
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Ty Allan Jackson is a children’s book author and literacy advocate. His first book, Danny Dollar Millionaire Extraordinaire: The Lemonade Escapade, set out to teach children about finance and entrepreneurship.

Edwin Cruz is one of three-quarter of a million Dreamers, young people that immigrated to United States and continue to live here under DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act signed by President Obama in 2012. Ilan Stavans talks with Edwin in this episode of In Contrast. 

Barry Moser is an illustrator, designer and printer with over 300 titles to his credit including Moby Dick, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, The Divine Comedy as well as contemporary works by Ken Kesey and Barry Lopez. His Pennyroyal Caxton edition of the King James Bible is the first bible illustrated by one artist since Gustave Dore’s La Sainte Bible of 1865.

James Young is the Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of English and Judaic Near Eastern Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. He is also the Founding Director of the Institute for Holocaust, Genocide and Memory Studies at UMASS. He has consulted on various public memorials around the world including the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin and memorials in Argentina and Norway.

Norton Juster is the author of The Phantom Tollbooth, one of the most beloved children’s books of all time. In this interview with Ilan Stavans, Juster talks about writing , his career as an architect and writing children’s books.

Wendy Barker is the poet-in-residence and the Pearl LeWinn Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Texas at San Antonio. Her sixth full-length collection of poems, One Blackbird at a Time, is the winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry.

Episode 3 features Tim Parks, noted translator and author. Ilan Stavans and Parks explore the art of translation through their conversation. "Translators are obsessed as a rule with the problem of being faithful," says Parks.  

In Contrast Double Edge Theater
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The 2nd Episode of NEPR's In Contrast is a conversation on living theater with Stacy Klein, founder and Artistic Director of Double Edge Theatre

New England Public Radio's newest podcast, In Contrast debuts  with a conversation on words and dictionaries with Peter Sokolowski, Editor-at-Large at Merriam Webster. Sokolowski is the author of many definitions for Merriam Webster.