Award-winning author Stuart Isacoff discusses the scene and some of the hidden aspects of the dramatic moment in history when American pianist Van Cliburn won the first Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow at the height of the Cold War. His new book is called "When the World Stopped to Listen: Van Cliburn's Cold War Triumph, and its Aftermath" (Knopf). This discussion is a part of this year's Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.
You can get a preview of Isacoff's discussion. He was a recent guest of KERA's THINK with Krys Boyd.