Race and Place

We begin a new series on racism in Maine with a conversation with Natasha Wilson, who moved to Maine in 2012 following the tragic death of two of her brothers.  She talks about how her experience of racism has been shaped by the different places she’s lived, and how she was unprepared for the alienation and hostility she has experienced in overwhelmingly white states like Iowa and Maine.  We also discuss the history and underpinnings of white privilege and the idea of whiteness as a social construct.

To read the article by “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” byPeggy McIntosh that is referenced in this conversation, we recommend that you email the author directly at mmcintosh@wellesley.edu to request a free copy.

Creating Connection with a Child with Autism

A conversation with Susan Levin about her son Ben, who is now 11.  She tells the story of discovering his autism, and talks about the ways she blamed herself for his difficulties.  She then explains the techniques she used to develop a stronger bond with Ben, and how he has become more interactive and connected.

Parenting a Child with Autism

Ellen Jennings is the mother of a 19-year-old son with autism.  She talks about the winding path that brought them to that diagnosis, about coping with judgment of her parenting, and about advocating for her son to get him the services he needs. 

Poet Richard Blanco on Coming Out

A conversation with Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco in which he talks about the challenge of really knowing he was gay in a family that strongly discouraged it.

 

Transitioning

Transgender teen Aiden talks about how he entered high school as a girl, gradually came to understand that he had always been a boy, and how he made that transformation real.