StoryCorps, public radio’s oral history project, came to Boston’s Museum of Science for a special exhibition, “Race: Are We So Different?” The interactive show presents a historical and scientific look at the concept of race, exposing both its wide-ranging effects on society and its limits as a purely cultural construct.
At the exhibition opening, visitors were invited to record conversations with loved ones about how the concept of race has affected their lives. Over the next several Mondays on WBUR’s Morning Edition, we’re presenting a series of excerpts from these conversations.
- In the comments, you’re invited to share your story on the meaning of race in your life.
To close our series, we hear the next chapter of Angela Paige Cook’s story, when, as a young college graduate, she left race-torn Nashville, only to find a less overt form of racism in the North.
As a young girl, Angela Paige Cook grew up insulated from racial prejudice, until it became obvious to her as a college student during the civil rights years. She’s interviewed by her husband, Joe Cook.
Half a century ago, multiracial families were unusual in this country. Pearl Torresyap talks with her daughter, Fay, about the challenges this Filipino-American family faced from within and without.
Even when faced with racial discrimination, some people are able to take delight in cultural differences — and defuse prejudice with humor — like Anna Choi, a Korean-American, and her son, Sam.
John Quackenbush is a professor and researcher in genomics and computational biology. He discusses how his work shows both the biological limits of racial differences and a reason for their existence. He is interviewed by his wife, Mary Kalamaras.
Children are often curious about racial differences between themselves and their schoolmates. But what’s it like for children in biracial families, who may differ in appearance from their own parents and siblings? That’s a question Rebecca Thomas Geary has for her daughter Sabine.
The children of Dominican parents, Orpha Rivera and older sister Kathleen Rivera Cruz grew up in Texas, where schoolmates were unable to identify the sisters’ race.
Marilynne Smith Quarcoo, who grew up in Roxbury attending public and parochial schools, is interviewed by her daughter, Esanam Quarcoo.
StoryCorps Boston is produced by WBUR’s George Hicks.
“Race: Are We So Different?” continues at the Museum of Science, Boston, through May 15.
StoryCorps is an independent nonprofit organization. Its mobile recording booth travels the country recording conversations among loved ones. The recordings are archived at The American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress, and excerpts can be heard weekly on WBUR’s Morning Edition.