A co-production of Commonwealth Club World Affairs and KQED 

Geopolitical turmoil. A warming planet. Authoritarians on the rise. We live in a chaotic world that’s rapidly shifting around us. “On Shifting Ground with Ray Suarez” explores international fault lines and how they impact us all. Each week, NPR veteran Ray Suarez hosts conversations with journalists, leaders and policy experts to help us read beyond the headlines—and give us hope for human resilience.

Listen to the show every Monday night at 10 p.m. Pacific Time on KQED public radio (88.5 FM) in the San Francisco Bay Area. We’re also syndicated on NPR and PRX stations across the United States.

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About Our Host, Ray Suarez


Ray Suarez


Since launching Brooklyn Boy Productions in 2019, he has created content for public radio and television, The Washington Post, The Independent (London), The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pew Research, Knowable, “America in One Room,” Hispanics in Philanthropy, Slate, The Nation, Hearst TV, AlterNet, CityPaper, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, the American Communities Project, and the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, among others.

In his long and distinguished career, Ray has also hosted NPR’s “Talk of the Nation,” Al Jazeera America’s daily news program “Inside Story;” and been chief national correspondent for "PBS NewsHour."

His published books include The Holy Vote: The Politics of Faith in America, The Old Neighborhood: What We Lost in the Great Suburban Migration, and the companion volume to the PBS documentary series Latino Americans. His most recent book, We Are Home, traces the emerging demographics of the United States in the 21st century through in-depth interviews with immigrants from wide-ranging origins, eras and experiences.

Ray has been a frequent presenter, speaker and moderator at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and a featured speaker at the Aspen Ideas Festival. He holds a BA in African history from New York University and an MA in social sciences from the University of Chicago, where he was a Benton Fellow. He also holds 15 honorary doctorates from colleges and universities across the United States.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, Ray is based in Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Carole, are parents to three adult children.