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A Conversation with Suzan-Lori Parks

Originally Aired: Friday, April 12

(Photo by Tammy Shell)

The ever-innovative Suzan-Lori Parks is surprising audiences yet again with her latest hit play, “White Noise,” about race, friendship and our rapidly unraveling social contract.

She talked with Kai Wright, host of the new WNYC Studios podcast The Stakes, about her process, how this play fits in with her other works and adapting Richard Wright’s “Native Son” for the screen. The conversation was part of our 24-hour marathon celebrating our 10th anniversary.

Suzan-Lori Parks was named one of TIME magazine’s “100 Innovators for the Next New Wave,” and is the first African-American woman to receive the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for her play Topdog/Underdog. She is also a MacArthur “Genius Grant” prize recipient.


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