Interviews

Sex and Gender, Tolerance and Fear: A Conversation
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 / Interviews

Sex and Gender, Tolerance and Fear: A Conversation

Justine Jablonska talks to University of Warsaw sexologist Dr. Zbigniew Izdebski about changing attitudes to sex and gender igniting a bizarre reaction in some circles to a foreign word they don’t understand.

Catching Up with Katy Carr
2013 Vol. 5 No. 3 / Interviews / Music

Catching Up with Katy Carr

She is neither Polish nor British. She is a 21st century hybrid. And when she sings about Poland, she is an author of renaissance, not an author of requiem.

Chatting with Katy Carr
2013 Vol. 5 No. 1 / Interviews / Music

Chatting with Katy Carr

The singer/songwriter of Kommander’s Car – Katy Carr – had not met the “Kommander” until after her song about him became a hit. It was a thrill when she finally did. That said, her spiritus movens was always her Polish/British identity, and the history behind that. Justine Jablonska talks to Katy Carr.

Pilecki, Poland and Hollywood: A Conversation with Marek Probosz
2012 vol. 4 no. 1 - Spring / Interviews

Pilecki, Poland and Hollywood: A Conversation with Marek Probosz

In a conversation with Justine Jablonska, the multi-talented actor/writer/director speaks of the honor and responsibility of playing Witold Pilecki, a hero whose story could not be suppressed.

Agnieszka Holland talks to Eva Stachniak at the Toronto International Film Festival
2011 Vol. 3 No. 4 - Winter / Films / Interviews

Agnieszka Holland talks to Eva Stachniak at the Toronto International Film Festival

The director of In Darkness speaks about films, music, identity, and the challenge of making a complex story simple, but not simplistic.

Chatting with Chicago WTTW’s Dan Soles
2011 Vol. 3 No. 4 - Winter / Interviews

Chatting with Chicago WTTW’s Dan Soles

Are we ready to celebrate Polish-American Heritage Month? Chicago’s PBS station WTTW is. Justine Jablonska speaks to station Chief Television Content Officer Dan Soles and reports on what we can contribute.

Children in Exile: Recollections of Children Deported to the Soviet Gulag
2011 Vol. 3 No. 3 - Fall / Films / Interviews

Children in Exile: Recollections of Children Deported to the Soviet Gulag

Chicago-based filmmaker Chris Swider discusses his award-winning documentary, and why he chose to focus on the youngest “enemies of the State.”

CR talks to…  Doug Jacobson, author of The Katyń Order
2011 Vol 3. No. 2 - Summer / Interviews

CR talks to… Doug Jacobson, author of The Katyń Order

Maureen Mroczek Morris talks to to the author of The Katyń Order about the use of fiction to tell a historical tale.

Poetry in Motion: Interview with Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Krzysztof Soszynski
2010 Vol. 2 No. 3 - Fall / Interviews

Poetry in Motion: Interview with Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Krzysztof Soszynski

When someone does MMA with proper technique, it borders on the beautiful. CR meets Polish-Canadian MMA fighter Soszysnki, who is as tough in the ring as he is gentle in life.

American Education Initiatives in Poland
2010 Vol. 2 No. 3 - Fall / Interviews

American Education Initiatives in Poland

It’s not just Poland looking to the United States, but the other way around too. There are more & more American students coming to study in Poland, which wasn’t the case 15 years ago.

The Officer’s Wife: A conversation with Director Piotr Uzarowicz
2010 Vol. 2 No. 2 - Summer / Films / Interviews

The Officer’s Wife: A conversation with Director Piotr Uzarowicz

Piotr Uzarowicz’s grandfather was one the officers murdered at Katyń. His moving film examines how a political conspiracy of silence left bare his family’s wounds of war.

Catching up with … Jan Lisiecki, pianist extraordinaire
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 - Spring / Interviews / Music

Catching up with … Jan Lisiecki, pianist extraordinaire

Jan Lisiecki on being a citizen of the world and on why he prefers music to math.

Recovering a Stolen Childhood
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 - Spring / Features / Interviews

Recovering a Stolen Childhood

Wesley Adamczyk survived deportation to Siberia and exile to chronicle that journey in When God Looked the Other Way, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2004. His father, Jan Adamczyk, was one of tens of thousands of Polish officers killed in the Katyń massacre.

Peter Raina: Love, Politics, Betrayal
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 - Spring / Films / Interviews

Peter Raina: Love, Politics, Betrayal

When a historian from Kashmir fell in love with Poland and a Polish woman, both love affairs ended tragically.

When an American Dream Turns into an American Tragedy… Jan Lewan strives for redemption
2010 Vol. 2 No.1 - Spring / Interviews

When an American Dream Turns into an American Tragedy… Jan Lewan strives for redemption

The rise and fall of a polka king turned pauper.

Conversations with … Joanna Czechowska
2009 - Winter / Interviews

Conversations with … Joanna Czechowska

CR gleaned some background information about Joanna Czechowska, the author of The Black Madonna of Derby, from published interviews. We knew she was born in England to a Polish airman father and an English mother, and that in her early childhood she was not only raised by her Polish grandmother but spend the first ten years of her life in a community with postwar Polish refugees in the UK.