New Website Explores How American Couples Bridge Differences

Posted on August 25, 1999

What happens when two people who seem very different from each other fall in love? What challenges do they face? What joys do they discover? A new website on PBS Online explores how Americans bridge differences in relationships by combining a "quilt" of first-person stories contributed by visitors to the site. The site, American Love Stories was inspired by Jennifer Fox's ground breaking 10-part documentary series, An American Love Story, which chronicles a 30-year interracial relationship, and premieres on PBS from September 12 to 16.

Expanding on the theme of the series, the site provides a glimpse into the lives of couples who are "negotiating differences" like race, ethnicity, religion, age, culture, or economic background. The stories, told by one partner -- and sometimes both -- reveal how people met and realized they wanted to be together, how they've dealt with disapproval from friends and family, and how their relationships have not only survived despite their differences, but in many cases been enriched by them.

PBS Online features more than 85,000 pages of content as well as companion websites for nearly 400 PBS programs and specials. PBS Online has won the Webby Award for best TV website in 1998 and 1999. The site is funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

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