We wanted you to be among the first to know: We’re turning So Well Spoken into a new special series called Truth Be Told. And Public Radio International will distribute our next four episodes coast-to-coast!
The name has changed, but the focus remains the same: improving the national conversation on race. And we’ll build on what makes our approach unique: real stories, told by people from all walks of life, explored for insights that can help us all handle these situations better.
Here’s how you, our listeners, can help.
One, we’re seeking personal stories about situations involving race. We’re looking for people to tell us about a racially charged encounter they had, how they handled it and what (if anything) they wish they had done differently. Find instructions on how to send us stories. Our four show topics are: “Race At Work,” “Race On Campus,” “What Is White?” and “Race and Dating.”
Two, tell your friends. You can listen back to our past episodes or find the archive on iTunes. You can be an ambassador for this project: an influencer who introduces others to something new and vibrant on public radio.
Anything you’d be willing to do would make a huge impact and help Truth Be Told accomplish its goal: to foster empathy. We can’t control what people say, think or do when it comes to racially charged situations. And we’re not going to wag our fingers and preach at people, as if we have everything figured out (we don’t) or are standing on some kind of unique moral high ground (we aren’t) or can claim to be some ultimate authority on race (we can’t). But if we can get people to EMPATHIZE — if we can get people to hear and feel and see issues of race from someone else’s perspective — then that’s the beginning of change.