Interviews

In the Shade of the Baobab Tree
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / Interviews

In the Shade of the Baobab Tree

From captivity to an enchanting world of freedom – growing up in equatorial Africa.

Chatting with NEON’s Eric Bednarski
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / Films / Interviews

Chatting with NEON’s Eric Bednarski

“I’m pro-Neon,” says Eric Bednarski. Take a look and you will be too.

A Conversation with Stuart Dybek
2014 Vol. 6 No. 3 — Fall-Winter / Interviews

A Conversation with Stuart Dybek

Growing up in “a port of entry neighborhood,” Stuart Dybek added magic to realism in the divide between “American reality and immigrant soul.”

A Conversation with Joanna Trzeciak on Translating Wisława Szymborska + Tadeusz Różewicz
2014 Vol. 6 No. 2 — Summer / Interviews

A Conversation with Joanna Trzeciak on Translating
Wisława Szymborska + Tadeusz Różewicz

When she was eleven, Joanna Trzeciak sent Szymborska a poem, beginning a lifelong correspondence. To meet Różewicz, she plotted an accidental meeting in a park. A true lover of poetry obviously doesn’t just leave things to chance.

Between Art and Science: A Conversation with Roald Hoffmann
2014 Vol. 6 No. 2 — Summer / Interviews

Between Art and Science: A Conversation with Roald Hoffmann

“I don’t worry about science redefining the value of a human being, but I am concerned about technology and the market place doing that,” says Nobel Prize-winner Roald Hoffmann – scientist, playwright and poet.

A Conversation with Eva Stachniak
2014 Vol. 6 No. 2 — Summer / Books / Interviews

A Conversation with Eva Stachniak

Whether Empress Catherine was “Great” or not is debatable, but she was definitely pragmatic, as are all imperial rulers. Justine Jablonska talks to Eva Stachniak about her latest book and how she chooses her subjects.

Sex and Gender, Tolerance and Fear: A Conversation
2014 Vol. 6 No. 1 — Winter-Spring / 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 — Fall / 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 — Spring / 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.