PBS Utah’s New Digital Series, Let’s Talk, Explores How to Talk to Kids About Race
Talking about race and racism with children can be a difficult and uncomfortable conversation to navigate. Let’s Talk, PBS Utah’s newest online series, explores how to talk to kids about race, racism, and cultural differences. Let’s Talk is a seven-episode digital series available at pbsutah.org/letstalk.
In the video series, host Karen Tao sits down with 14 parents from diverse walks of life and backgrounds to have open and honest conversations about their own experiences and the difficulties and rewards of talking about race and racism with their kids. Each episode reveals tips and tools to create an intentional space to talk with kids about race.
Tao is an associate professor of Educational Psychology in The University of Utah’s College of Education Department. She was born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii and is the daughter of immigrants. Before settling in Utah, she lived across the U.S. and abroad in England. Her experiences taught her the importance of taking time to make meaningful connections and listen to each other’s stories. She lives in Salt Lake City with her husband, Zac and their children, Jiajia and Lulu.
According to Tao, Let’s Talk is not an interview with “the experts.” She says, “Hopefully we can all share some vulnerability that these conversations are hard, and mostly we fumble through it and don’t have all the answers. Yet, we can’t let this fear keep us from talking.”
Visit pbsutah.org/letstalk to watch Let’s Talk episodes, discover a variety of parenting tips and educator tools, read host and parent bios, and more.