Anastasia and Symeon met online while they were working at the same university. They got married in 2011 and live in Philadelphia with their two young sons.
Symeon’s family is from Philadelphia, but he grew up in rural New York state, while Anastasia grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
In the episode, they discuss the things they have in common, such as a love of travel, close relationships with their families, and a history of being “the kid with the weird name”. They also reflect on the ways their backgrounds sometimes lead them to view the world differently, how they find common ground, and what it’s like to raise biracial children in a racialized world.