Artists in the World
Podcast Series

Carnegie Museum of Art and WQED-FM present Artists in the World, a new podcast that opens conversations between artists and their contemporaries. Artists in the World uplifts artistic voices and explores multiple histories, geographies, and current events while creating space for new ideas and possibilities.

Hosted by Carnegie Museum of Art’s director of education and public programs, Dana Bishop-Root, and WQED-FM’s artistic director, Jim Cunningham, the new podcast series features cross-disciplinary conversations, artist talks, readings, and performances that position artists in conversation with individuals across disciplines, practice, and place.

Episodes are available below and on


Episode One: Solmaz Sharif & Negar Azimi

In this first episode of Artists in the World, poet Solmaz Sharif opens with a reading from Customs (2022) and Look (2016). Then, writer Negar Azimi engages Sharif in a reflective conversation about their ever-changing relationship to find home in exile, the restlessness of language, and the ways poetry can direct our gaze.

Episode Two: Tishan Hsu & Ryan Inouye

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Episode two explores the cognitive and physical effects of technology. Tishan Hsu, an artist whose work examines the implications of the accelerated use of technology and artificial intelligence, and Ryan Inouye, associate curator for the 58th Carnegie International, discuss transformative technological advances on our lives.

Episode Three: James “Yaya” Hough & Let’s Get Free

Whose experiences are left out of the conversation about mass incarceration? How do we address topics of oppression, confinement, and racial and political violence in the United States? Artist James “Yaya” Hough and Etta Cetera of Let’s Get Free: The Women and Trans Prisoner Defense Committee discuss using art as an organizing and educational tool to shift cultural understandings around harm, healing, justice, and abolition.

Episode Four: terra0 & Talia Heiman — Available January 12, 2023

Terra0 and Talia Heiman

Can an augmented forest own and utilize itself? Paul Kolling and Christopher Dake-Outhet, members of the artist collective terra0, and Talia Heiman, curatorial assistant for the 58th Carnegie International, respond to this question, dissecting NFTs (non-fungible tokens), autonomous nature, climate crisis, and radical economies of generative wealth.

Episode Five: Ignacia Biskupovic & Jennifer Josten — Available February 9, 2023

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In episode four, we hear from Ignacia Biskupovic, a visual artist, educator, and head of community engagement at the Museo de la Solidaridad Salvador Allende (MSSA), and Jennifer Josten, an associate professor of modern and contemporary art at the University of Pittsburgh. The two discuss resistance art and pedagogy, nomadic museums, and MSSA’s exile from and return to Santiago.

Available February 9, 2023

Episode Six: Zahia Rahmani & Laurence Glasco — Available March 9, 2023

How does knowledge become democratized through transmission? Writer, art historian, and curator Zahia Rahmani and Laurence Glasco, an associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh, respond to this question.

Available March 9, 2023

Episode Seven: Banu Cennetoğlu & Thomas Keenan — Available March 30, 2023

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Rights don’t make any sense unless we say we have them, but we don’t need to declare them unless we don’t have them. Artist Banu Cennetoğlu and Thomas Keenan, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of Human Rights Program at Bard College, discuss the political dilemma of rights language.

Available March 30, 2023

Episode Eight: Available in Early 2023
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Episode Nine: Available in Early 2023
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Episode Ten: Available in Early 2023
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Artists in the World is produced by WQED.

About WQED

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