The Loving Project
By Brad Linder and Farrah Parkes
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Celebrating the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia by documenting the experiences of interracial married couples in the United States.
||Clean#25 Jean and Mas||Jean and Mas have been together since 1972 and married since 1992. Jean is white and was raised in Rochester, New York. Mas is Japanese-American and he was born in an internment camp during World War II and grew up in Seabrook, New Jersey. Both...||11/19/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#24 Mee and Ken||Ken is Irish and Mee is Korean American. They met when Ken flew from Ireland to the United States for a friend's wedding, and the two quickly hit it off and began a trans-Atlantic relationship. Mee was living in New York at the time, and after...||11/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#23 Joshu and Marleny||Joshu and Marleny met online in 2011. After a potentially disastrous first date, they hit it off and eventually got married in 2014. They now live in Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood. Joshu is white and Marleny is black and was born in the...||10/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#22 David and Belinda||David and Belinda were part of each other's worlds before they even met. David would ride his bike to and from work in Pleasantville, NJ and Belinda would occasionally wave to him, a passing stranger, as she drove by. It so happened that they worked...||10/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#21 Kevin and Lisa||Kevin and Lisa have been married since 2009. They live in New Jersey, where they're raising two young daughters. Lisa is white, and grew up in Northeast Pennsylvania. Kevin is Korean and was raised in Western Pennsylvania by his adopted parents, who...||9/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#20 Len and Fernando||Len and Fernando met and started dating in 1981 but they didn't get married until 2014, over 3 decades later. They literally fought for the right to marry; they were among several LGBT couples who were plaintiffs in the lawsuit that resulted in the...||9/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#19 Shawn and Jen||Jen and Shawn met in 2004 under sad circumstances when they lost a mutual friend. Eleven years later, they got married and now live in Lansdowne, PA with their 2-year-old son. Shawn is African American, and grew up in South Philadelphia while Jen...||8/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#18 Kate and Courtney||Kate and Courtney met while they were both students at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Courtney is black, and grew up in Memphis, Tennessee. Kate is white, and grew up in Buffalo, New York. They've lived in Baltimore and Washington DC, and now make..||8/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#17 Steve and Christine||Christine and Steve met at a party in Phialdelphia in the 1960s, and they've been together ever since. Christine is black, and grew up in Glassboro, New Jersey. Steve is white and was raised in Philadelphia. In this episode of the Loving...||7/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#16 Lesley and Cord||Lesley and Cord met while Lesley was working at Duke University and Cord was a graduate student at the school. In their very first conversation, Lesley impressed Cord with her critique of his favorite medieval author, St. Augustine, even though...||7/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#15 Eric and David||Eric and David married nearly 5 decades after the Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage, but just a year after another Court ruling that made same-sex marriages like theirs legal across the United States. David is white, and grew...||7/2/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#14 Mike and Kim||Mike and Kim met while working in a research lab at the University of Pennsylvania. At the time, Mike was a senior, while Kim had recently finished her PhD and was working as a postdoctoral researcher while raising her 10-year-old son. Mike is the son..||6/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#13 Loving Day Special||On June 12th, 1967, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in Loving v. Virginia. That decision rendered all state laws banning interracial marriage unconstitutional and made it legal for individuals of different races to marry all across the USA....||6/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#12 Florence and Ed||Florence and Ed met in the 1960's in Nashville while they were in college - Ed at Vanderbilt and Florence at Fisk University. They began dating after getting to know each other as co-facilitators for the Upward Bound program and got married...||6/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#11 Michelle and Melissa||Michelle and Melissa met in college and were together for 12 years before getting married in 2017. Although they are both Philadelphia natives, they hail from very different parts of the city. Melissa, who is white, grew up in Bridesburg, a...||5/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#10: Lori and Manuel||Lori and Manuel have been married since 1999. Manuel is white and grew up in Spain. Lori is black and grew up in Wisconsin. They met at university in Spain, where Lori was studying abroad; eventually Manuel joined her in the United States where they...||5/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#9 Aarati and Jonathan||The Loving Project commemorates the 50th anniversary of Loving v. Virginia by featuring modern stories of interracial marriage. Aarati and Jonathan got married in 2006. Jonathan is White and Jewish and Aarati is Indian-American. They met in Chicago,...||4/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#8 Anastasia and Symeon||Anastasia and Symeon met online while they were working at that same university. They married in 2011 and live in Philadelphia with their two young sons. Symeon grew up in rural New York state, while Anastasia grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In the...||4/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#7 Craig and Donna||Donna and Craig have been married since 1988. Craig is White and grew up in Queens, New York. Donna is Black and was born in the United States, but lived in Belgium for about 10 years before returning to New York, where she and Craig first met....||3/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#6 Beth and Helaina||Beth and Helaina are an interracial couple living in Philadelphia’s Mount Airy neighborhood. They got married in a wedding ceremony in Philadelphia in 2007, before gay marriage became legal nationwide. They later had a legal ceremony in California...||3/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#5 Shaina and Brahim||Shaina is a white Jewish woman from Texas. Brahim is a black, Muslim, Berber Arab from Morocco. They met while Shaina was volunteering for an organization Brahim started in a small village in Morocco, and after Shaina returned to the United States,...||2/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#4: Courtney and Dave||Dave and Courtney have been married since 2010, and they're raising an 18 month old boy in West Philadelphia. Courtney is African American, while Dave is white, and they're both navigating what it means to raise a biracial child in the era of Black...||2/11/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#3: Arun and Carrie||Arun and Carrie got married in 2001; Arun is Indian and Carrie is white. Both grew up in Northeast Ohio, and they now live in Philadelphia with their two children. Arun grew up in a close-knit Indian community where arranged marriages were the...||1/30/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit#2: Olivia and John||Olivia and John got married in 2015 and live in Philadelphia's Mount Airy neighborhood. John is white, and Olivia is Filipino-American. Both of their families have been welcoming of their relationship, but as they think about starting...||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean#1: Liz and Chavis||Chavis and Liz have been married since 2003. They have a 12 year-old son, and the family lives just outside of Philadelphia. Liz is white and Chavis is African-American. However, his skin coloring and hair texture often lead others to...||12/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
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This podcast has a wide variety of interacial couples tell the story of their relationships in a very organic format. Beautifully produced, it's a very fascinating listen as each couple discusses the interplay of race, culture, class etc in their relationship. Highly recommended!
Really enjoying this project and each episode of this podcast. I love hearing about interracial stories - especially the DIVERSITY of the stories about diverse couples!! When I think about the Loving case, I think of black woman-white man. What this podcast is doing is giving so many different faces to the Loving case. I love the anecdotes about each relationship's different cultures and "meet the parent moments". I especially loved the moment in one of the earlier episodes, where a woman described her close relationship with her husband's parents (not sure which one that was). Keep the stories coming!
Really lovely podcast.
I like that you let the couples tell their own story. I don't know how you guys do it, but their voices are so soothing and clear.